While students from Seemandhra are a perplexed lot about their academic prospects after bifurcation of the State, students of hotel management institutes in Vijayawada are on cloud nine with offshore job opportunities beckoning them.

Managements of various five-star hotels in the middle-east have selected several students from the city during campus interviews held recently. Recruiters are selecting candidates promising them salaries ranging from Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000. Transport expenses, food and accommodation would be borne by the hoteliers, management institute officials say.

As many as 179 candidates got jobs in Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and other places. They will be working in different hotels such as Jumeirah Group of Hotels, Atlantis The Palm hotel, Sheraton and Novatel hotels in Dubai, confirms Westin College of Business Management principal K. Chandrasekhar.

Blessing in disguise

For students, the increasing job opportunities in the middle-east have come as a blessing in disguise as those who have already completed B. Tech are unable to secure proper jobs abroad and elsewhere in the country. “It’s a great opportunity for me to work in a five-star hotel in Dubai. My parents told me to grab the offer saying that engineering students are not getting jobs these days,” says an elated hotel management student A. Raghavendra from Bhavanipuram.

He was selected for food and beverages services. His junior Satish, hailing from Guntur, too was delighted to get a job in the same hotel. “We never expected that we would be able to render our services in a foreign country so early,” he says. A few other students will be working in various departments in the hospitality sector.

Recruiters say students have a bright future in the hospitality industry in the country. A batch of 17 students from Siddhartha Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Services got jobs in a star hotel in Tirupati. Institute Principal K. Chandrasekhar says managements are preferring students with good communication skills. Several star hotels in Vijayawada recruited candidates from the same institute and utilising their services, he adds.

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