Master of International Hospitality Management
Nikki Taylor, an online masters student in International Hospitality Management, is researching the prevalence of the glass ceiling effect and gender inequality in the workforce.
Her interest stems from her own observations of seeing an ‘Old Boys Network’ in action.
“When I learnt about the glass ceiling effect in the late 1990's I thought this would never happen to me but have since learnt that it is still prevalent. I would like to research why this occurs,” she says.
Prior to her masters Nikki graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Hospitality Management and a Certificate of Food and Beverage Operations. Nikki is actually based in Dubai and says the online study option gives her the flexibility to study at convenient times which fits her schedule and enables her to stay in Dubai.
“There are excellent online tools which deliver the lecture information quickly and simultaneously. Databases and the distance learning facilities ensure articles and materials are at my fingertips and the open communication with lecturers is another advantage of online learning.”
Since Nikki started studying at AUT she says she’s had nothing but positive experiences and AUT has continued to be an excellent place to study.
“I have been fortunate to have a tertiary experience where the other students and lecturers have taken the time and effort to get to know me and assist with tailoring study paths to suit my individual desired career path.”
Nikki’s study and career have landed her a job in Dubai working as the Learning Development Manager for the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Cluster – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, The Mövenpick Hotel Deira, The Royal Amwaj Resort and Spa and The Oceana Hotel and Resort.
“My role encompasses facilitating the company corporate training programmes as well as developing and overseeing the property training programmes, succession planning, training network, quality assurance and assisting in the global recruitment for the 2000 employees.”