International student Andre from Indonesia found the theoretical and practical learning at Melbourne Polytechnic a good fit for his career in the hospitality industry.
The reason why I chose Melbourne Polytechnic for my studies is that it is a registered training provider, which I felt gave an advantage. If I had followed my higher studies in Indonesia, I would have the same degree as any other. I felt it was better to study overseas and experience another country and culture. I have always wanted to live in Melbourne and selecting a university in the city gave me that opportunity.
I first completed the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at Melbourne Polytechnic and thereafter proceeded to do my Diploma in Hospitality Management. The course consists of both theory and practical components, which give the student the complete experience.
As part of our study programme we are provided with on the job work experience opportunities. This provides us with real-world experiences. During the summer of my first year, I worked in a restaurant, and thereafter once I completed my Certificate course and started on my Diploma, I was able to secure employment as a Teppanyaki Chef because of the skills and knowledge I had gained at Melbourne Polytechnic.
Being a student at Melbourne Polytechnic is a wonderful experience. They will always take care of the student and provide assistance when required. I have made many friends from around the world. The experience is truly international. Melbourne Polytechnic also organise many events with food and live music that give us the opportunity to unwind and relax. During my free time I like to play table-tennis with friends, which keeps me active and also gives me the opportunity to make new friends.
Melbourne is a great place to live. The people are friendly, and there is much to see and do in the city. I was quite impressed with the transportation system where we can travel by tram, train or bus. Melbourne weather is always unpredictable so it is always better to be prepared!
I applied to Melbourne Polytechnic through an education agent in Indonesia. Therefore, the application process was simple and straightforward. My advice to future students is that you should not hesitate to venture out of your comfort zone. Once you do, you will realise that there are many opportunities to select from.