Over the moon for our Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism 2016 alumna Osmanova Olha, as she embarks on her entrepreneurship journey! “As an F&B entrepreneur, my role is broad and ever-changing. My key focus areas are accounting, marketing, and relationship management. Our customers, distributors and suppliers are the lifeblood of our business, so it is important to be communicating with them frequently. My Diploma at SDH Institute gave me the confidence and perspective to start Tai Tai.”
Her full interview below:
Why did you choose to enrol in SDH/Vatel?
SDH was a great option for me to gain knowledge in Restaurant Management. The duration was a huge factor for me, so this 9 months course was the best for me, and I loved that we had to go through with an internship after completing the theory modules.
Where are you currently working at and can you briefly describe your job scope?
I have decided to take a risk and start my own F&B Business at Marina Country Club, located in Punggol. After 2 months of hard work and preparations, we have finally opened doors last February 2021!
As an F&B entrepreneur, my role is broad and ever-changing. My key focus areas are accounting, marketing, and relationship management. Our customers, distributors and suppliers are the lifeblood of our business, so it is important to be communicating with them frequently.
What was the most memorable part of your education? What is a specific moment in the classroom or during the application process where you knew you were on a path to your future career?
I was at SDH knowing that my career will be in the same industry.
I knew I had to pick up a lot of things as I did not have sufficient knowledge. I was blessed enough to have great teachers like Mr Isaac Joshua and Mr Fred Utanes. My most memorable part of the education was how passionate my teachers were. Some teachers make you want to run away from school, while SDH teachers inspired me even more because they themselves are inspired.
How do you feel you are better prepared for your future career?
I hope that I am!
Going on an entrepreneurship journey can be overwhelming at times. There is no fixed scope of work, there is not much stability, and you have to be prepared for a new battle each day. Having to keep track of things, and anticipating the next course of action is important.
What advice would you offer to current and future students?
If you aim for the stars – work hard and don’t slack off. And most importantly, go out and work. Theory is great, but get your hands dirty, talk to people, see things, and grow from there.