Hong Kong, BSc International Hospitality Management
From the first day I arrived at Oxford Brookes University I found there’s lots of professional support around when you need it.
Jeffrey Pang - Hong Kong, BSc International Hospitality Management
Why did you choose Oxford Brookes?
When I was in secondary school I visited England with my family. We decided to visit Oxford and all loved it. Oxford Brookes is one of the best universities doing hospitality in the UK. So I thought I love Oxford, I love the University, why not just go for it and apply to Oxford Brookes?
What parts of your course do you most enjoy?
There are two modules I really enjoy: people management, and leadership. I think these two modules are useful for a management role in any sector. I enjoy the British learning style too. Teaching in my home country gives you a fixed path to find the answer. Here you are encouraged to search for yourself and find your own answer. I really enjoy that.
Have you done a work placement?
I did a one-year work experience placement during my second year. It was at a hotel in Oxford which is part of a large hotel group. I learnt a lot. First I was working as a restaurant member, so I learnt about customer service, then I had an opportunity to work as one of the reservationists. I still keep in touch with my colleagues from the hotel and sometimes they ask me if I need a job just to let them know!
Have you used any of the support services available for international students?
From the first day I arrived at Oxford Brookes University I found there’s lots of professional support around when you need it. Tutors ask ‘Is there anything you are unsure about?’ The careers centre staff are also very professional. I love the training they run and think it was because of this I got my first job placement.
Did you get involved in the Bacchus Society?
Yes, the Bacchus Society is really useful for building up your connections in the hospitality sector. Many employers are involved and come and give talks at the University. We can ask questions and build our connections. It’s one of the best ways to explore the subject and explore your career.
Do you feel your course has prepared you for your future career?
Definitely. When I was first here working in the kitchen I didn’t know anything about how the kitchen worked. But from the first week I found there is a very organised path. I learnt how to prepare for service, how a kitchen runs during service, and how to take care of customers and staff. It’s definitely fully prepared me for my career.
Would you recommend studying this course at Brookes?
Yes I would recommend this course. It is one of the best courses in Hospitality Management in the UK. We have our own professional restaurant and the tutors are really supportive. Especially for international students who are away from home. So I do really recommend the course to other international students.