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Orla Gallagher

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If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.

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DKIT - Hospitality Studies

DKIT - Hospitality Studies

DKIT - Hospitality Studies Organisation Profile College Profile

Contact details:
Contact Name:
Brianain Erraught
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Rd.,
Co. Louth.
+353 (0)42 937 0200

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What are the different (undergraduate entry) courses run by this department?

  • Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management - DK750
  • Bachelor of Business in Event Management - DK752
  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts - DK650
  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies - DK651

What facilities does the department have to support these courses?
The programmes in hospitality are well supported by a wide range of modern facilities, including training and production kitchens, training larder, training restaurant and bar. Facilities also include a demonstration kitchen, computer labs, language lab along with a range of lecturer rooms and classrooms.

What connections does the department have with Industry?
The Hospitality department in DkIT has strong links with industry, locally, nationally and internationally. Students can gain work experience in a wide range of establishments, from local hotels and restaurants to large multinational hotel chains both at home and abroad. The department also has an industry advisory board which advises on issues relating to course development and industry skills needs.

How many students do you accept each year on these courses?
The numbers accepted on to our programmes are as follows:

  • Culinary Arts, 32
  • Hospitality Studies, 20
  • Hospitality Management, 20
  • Event Management, 50

What particular attributes are required by students taking this course?
Students choosing a course in hospitality should have a keen interest in the tourism and hospitality industry, be interested in working as part of a dynamic team in one of the worlds leading industries. Hospitality calls on a multitude of different talents, including both business savvy and artistic creativity. It allows you to develop your own combination of skills and interests and to find a position corresponding to your own unique profile. Because of its wide range of business activities and specialisations, hospitality also allows you change fields easily within the industry. You can shift direction as your interests change and grow, with plenty of flexibility to follow new trends and opportunities and to keep up with rapid technological developments.

Where did last years graduates go?
30% of last year’s graduates went on to further study, 60% are working in a wide range of tourism and hospitality operations nationally, 10% travelled abroad for employment.

Why should students choose the Department of Hospitality at Dunalk Institute of Technology?
DkIT offers a range of hospitality programmes from Certificate to Level 7 Ordinary Degree and Level 8 add-on Honours degree. The department is well equipped with a range of specialised facilities to deliver programmes at the highest level.

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CAO Course Details 3
DK650 - Culinary Arts
DK750 - Hospitality Management
DK752 - Event Management