From Student to Assistant Lodge Manager, Southern Ocean Lodge
It’s been a meteoric rise up the career ladder for Yen, who graduated from the International College of Hotel Management in Adelaide, South Australia a little over 2 ½ years ago. In that short time he has worked his way up from room attendant to the lodge’s Assistant Manager, via all departments of the luxury lodge.
His stunning island home is a complete departure from the crowds and traffic jams of Kuala Lumpur where Yen spent 19 years before coming to Adelaide in 2009.
Yen says he always wanted to study hospitality and with ICHM he had the opportunity to study a diploma in Hotel Management at a Malaysian school before moving to Adelaide for the degree program.
Founded in 1882, the Swiss Hotel Association is the world’s oldest and most respected industry body.
Yen was keen to experience this European heritage in hospitality and says ICHM gave him the chance to do so closer to home. On completion of his course, Yen was seeking work opportunities in remote South Australia as a way to stay on and continue with the lifestyle he’d grown to love.
He was about to sign a contract for another role when a friend told him about Southern Ocean Lodge and his destiny was sealed.
‘Just days before I signed the contract with them, a close friend of mine told me there was a super luxury lodge in Kangaroo Island. I had a look at their website, totally impressed, and just sent in my resume for any position available. I started off at Southern Ocean Lodge as a room attendant.’
Before long Yen was a lodge supervisor, working closely with reception and the restaurant and, most recently he moved into his current role of Assistant Manager. On his days off he gets to enjoy all that this South Australian tourism destination has to offer.
‘Kangaroo Island is amazing! This is a little gem of South Australia. I am a very outgoing person, and I love outdoor activities,’ he says.
‘During my days off, I will always find time to head out for camping, fishing or just go to some beaches and chill out.
‘I’ve been living on the island for the last 2 ½ years now, everything here has been wonderful for me and I am still loving it.’
He speaks equally highly of Adelaide as a study destination.
‘I am so proud to tell everyone how much I love Adelaide,’ he says.
‘The city is very well organised, clean and the people are unbelievable! Wifi service is available almost throughout the entire city, which gives students a free access to Internet.
‘Lastly, it is a fact that the cost of living in Adelaide is the lowest among other big cities, everything is more affordable, lessening the burden of students’.
For more information on studying in Adelaide go to www.studyadelaide.com and to find out more about studying at the International College of Hotel Management go to www.ichm.edu.au