Joblinx > Testimonials > Venkata Narayana

Venkata Narayana

While studying the Masters in Tourism and Hospitality degree at James Cook University Brisbane, I was encouraged to seek work experience by Joblinx. Joblinx assisted me in preparing a professional resume and teaching me about interview etiquette and techniques which helped my performance in my interview at Alchemy Restaurant + Bar.

Work experience is a great way to get your foot in the door, learn valuable skills and build important networks for your future career. Most importantly, work experience allows you to discover what your strengths and weakness are and how to overcome those weaknesses to build a prospective career.

I was placed at Alchemy, an award winning Bar and Restaurant located on the Brisbane Riverside. The restaurant is known for its spectacular atmosphere overlooking the story bridge and exquisite cuisine. On my first day I was nervous and excited at the same time. I was given an orientation about the restaurant, training materials and the opportunity to familiarise myself with the menu to gain product knowledge.

I started my training from back of house so that I would be familiar with the dishes, tables, position numbers, and sequence of service. The main area I was given training in was on the floors. If I happen to make a mistake the staff were kind enough to correct me straight away. The tasks I was involved with gave me the ability to master a variety of skills which included having an eye for detail, improved communication, working within a team and confidence to approach customers.

I was fortunate to be trained in Australian and International wine selection and food and wine pairing. My day at work would start with a briefing about the evening dinner reservations, specialty dishes of the day and other duties as assigned by the manager at opening and closing of the restaurant.

It was a memorable moment for me when the restaurant manager came to me offering a job, wanting me to be a part of their team. It was then I realised that the hard work and dedication that I put in my work experience earned me a job before I could finish my internship.

The work experience program gave me the opportunity to perform a wide range of responsibilities in the hospitality industry in a five star restaurant, but also the experience that employers look for when recruiting staff.

I am very thankful for the opportunity because I have had firsthand practical experience not only in the hospitality industry in Australia, but also about work culture.

I would recommend to every international student to approach JOBLINX for better career opportunities."