Case Study - Stephanie Strydom

Completing her City & Guilds qualification in South Africa has given Stephanie life skills

10 April 2012

Medals for Excellence 2012 winner

Qualification: Advanced Diploma in Food & Beverage Services; Advanced Diploma in Accommodation Services; Advanced Diploma in Reception Services
Centre: Northlink College – Tygerberg, South Africa

Stephanie has always been a hardworking, above average student; going the extra mile and helping her peers to achieve alongside her. Throughout school she exceeded in her studies and took on many extra circular activities – including sports, volunteering, fundraising, debating, guitar and piano! Stephanie has a dream to write and publish her own recipe books, own her own coffee shop and inspire others through teaching.

While Stephanie studied for her Advanced Diplomas in Food & Beverage Services, Accommodation Services & Reception Services concurrently, she created an events management business to assist with her college costs. Developing her website and marketing her business Stephanie chose to specialise in children’s parties, where she acquired additional hands on experience in addition to the set curriculum and practical training, using her natural creative flair and enthusiasm.

During her studies Stephanie acquired an injury and had to undergo major surgery on her knee, which could have hindered her practical training. However with Stephanie’s positive attitude she didn’t let this bring her down and pushed herself even harder.

Completing her City & Guilds qualification has given Stephanie life skills as well as those specific for the hospitality sector. It’s opened doors and perspective of all the opportunities and struggles that a person can face within the industry. Stephanie is now working full time, studying for a Bachelor in Education, volunteering at the local orphanage and writing her first recipe book.

Stephanie says “If you can dream it, you can live it!” and she appears to be doing exactly that!


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