World comes to us

Bikash Randhawa, with dolphin friends at Sea World, has gone from business graduate to business leader since coming to the Gold Coast
Bikash Randhawa has gone from business graduate to business leader since coming to the Gold Coast

Griffith University hotel management, hospitality and tourism graduates are reaching career heights right here in Queensland.

What’s more, many are doing so within a very short time of completing their degrees.

Local students and school leavers should take note as tourism is Australia’s second largest industry, worth $9.6 billion annually and employing nearly one million people.

With high hotel occupancies, a rise in international arrivals plus strong corporate and domestic tourism growth, Australia is also attracting new investment in the industry.

This all adds up to jobs, careers and abundant opportunities for young people with a passion for an industry that spans the globe and brings the world to Queensland.

So what does it take to succeed in the business of hotel management, tourism and hospitality?

Bikash Randhawa is General Manager at Sea World and Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast. A Griffith Business School graduate, he came to Australia 22 years ago and quickly discovered that here was where he wanted to live and work.

Believing tourism to be the industry with the greatest opportunities on the Gold Coast, he pursued a degree in hotel management. The career that has ensued confirms the wisdom of his decision.

Since commencing with Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Australia’s largest theme park operator, in 1995, Bikash has worked his way up the ranks from his first role as a casual waiter to achieving the top job at Sea World Resort.

More recently, he assumed the role of General Manager of Sea World theme park.

“There are so many wonderful career opportunities on the Gold Coast if you have the drive to succeed, the right attitude and the qualifications behind you,” he says.

“During my time at Griffith University, I not only mastered the core principles of running a successful business, I also had some amazing experiences and made some great friends, all of which helped me achieve what I have today.

“I believe that if you are willing to work hard with dedication and passion, and you can put your hand over your heart at the end of each day and say ‘I did the very best for my customers and the business,’ then success is inevitable.”