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The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology, and Applied Nutrition (IHM Mumbai) is a renowned educational institution located in Mumbai, India. Established in 1954, IHM Mumbai is affiliated with the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the dynamic and competitive hospitality industry. With a rich legacy spanning over seven decades, IHM Mumbai has earned a reputation for producing industry-ready professionals who contribute significantly to the hospitality sector. The institute boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure, modern facilities, and a faculty comprising experienced professionals and experts in the field.

With the emphasizes on practical exposure through industry internships, workshops, and hands-on training, IHM Mumbai continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders of the hospitality industry, contributing to the growth and development of this dynamic field. The college's strong industry connections and collaborations with leading hospitality establishments further enhance the learning experience for its students.

However, campus recruitment has always been an important part of the success of an professional institute. Historically, the Indian hospitality education sector has witnessed a positive trend in campus placements. The industry's growth, coupled with the increasing demand for skilled professionals, has contributed to a favorable placement scenario for hospitality graduates. Here's a brief timeline and key points:

In the early years, campus placements were often dominated by traditional recruiters from luxury hotels, resorts, and fine dining restaurants. Chains like the Taj Group, Oberoi Hotels, ITC Hotels, and international hotel brands were among the primary recruiters.

With globalization and the expansion of the hospitality industry, new types of recruiters emerged. International hotel chains and global hospitality brands began participating in campus placements, offering students opportunities to work both within India and abroad. Besides hotels, recruiters diversified to include cruise lines, airlines, event management companies, and other segments of the travel and tourism industry.

As the hospitality industry evolved, so did the types of recruiters. With the internet era, BPO & KPO industry flourished, IHM Mumbai witnessed a spike in the number of recruiters from the same field. These jobs were offering better pay and working environments matching the global standards.

With the rise of the food and beverage industry, now a days quick-service restaurants (QSRs), and catering companies became significant contributors to campus placements. Event management companies, luxury spas, and wellness resorts also entered the scene, offering diverse career paths for hospitality graduates.

The advent of technology brought about changes in the types of recruiters as well. Online travel agencies, technology-driven hospitality solutions, and startups in the hospitality-tech space started participating in campus placements.

Students began exploring roles related to revenue management, data analytics, and e-commerce within the hospitality sector.

With a growing emphasis on skill development and specialized areas within hospitality, recruiters started looking for candidates with expertise in areas such as culinary arts, event planning, sustainable hospitality, and hospitality management.

The rise of experiential travel, wellness tourism, and the demand for unique hospitality experiences influenced the types of recruiters seeking graduates with expertise in these niche areas.

Educational institutions in the hospitality sector increasingly collaborated with industry partners, organizing job fairs, industry interactions, and networking events to facilitate placements.

In recent years, the landscape of campus placements at IHM Mumbai has witnessed an expansion beyond traditional hospitality sectors, with the inclusion of retail companies seeking talented professionals with a hospitality background. The growing synergy between the hospitality and retail industries has opened up diverse career opportunities for IHM Mumbai graduates. Retail companies, including those in the luxury goods, lifestyle, and consumer goods sectors, have recognized the value of hiring hospitality graduates for roles in customer service, client relations, and experiential marketing. This trend reflects the versatility of skills that IHM Mumbai imparts to its students, preparing them not only for traditional roles in hotels and restaurants but also for dynamic positions within the retail sector. The institute's strong industry connections and proactive placement cell play a crucial role in facilitating these opportunities, contributing to the overall success of campus placements for IHM Mumbai graduates.

The statistics speak volumes: in the academic year 2022-23, IHM Mumbai witnessed an impressive surge in job offers with 568 opportunities extended to its graduates, also IHM Mumbai achieved another milestone with the highest salary offered reaching 7 lakhs per annum, showcasing the institute's ability to attract prestigious employers and lucrative career prospects for its students. This marked a significant increase compared to the previous years, including 435 job offers in 2021-22, 119 in 2020-21, 535 in 2019-20, and 370 in 2018-19. These numbers underscore the consistent growth and success of IHM Mumbai in facilitating rewarding career opportunities for its students, reflecting the institute's dedication to shaping the future leaders of the hospitality industry through quality education and robust industry connections.

Authored By:

Asit Kumar Mishra
IHM, Mumbai

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