SafariStaff builds business and career path success through collaboratively developing business relationships. That applies to both candidates as well as our clients, and with that in mind, we have an open door, any day approach policy. If we can help we will. We are direct, transparent and open with the objective to provide a very personalised service. If we can’t help we will steer our candidates in the right direction, often with constructive feedback and advice. We will in all instances endeavour to assist in a placement where possible for candidates who have completed the certificate subsequent to the first engagement with SafariStaff.
However, generally for any mid-management to a senior assistant management role, we would require candidates to be able to illustrate a minimum of 3 years consecutively employed in the industry.
Senior to General management positions we would typically require candidates to demonstrate a minimum of 8 to 10 years consecutively in a similar position.
Fundamentally important is relevant references in order to back up the illustrated experience.
SafariStaff International acts as an international ambassador on behalf of Wildlife Campus South Africa, and support the need for ongoing education to empower staff in the safari industry. Wildlife Campus has developed specific industry related course material to help prepare candidates for a successful career in hospitality. Specific to the industry, SafariStaff International encourages existing as well as new professionals wanting to enter into the safari hospitality space to enrol and complete the Lodge Management Certificate offered online by the Wildlife Campus.
Here is why we recommend the online course:
The certificate provides credibility and evidence of academic knowledge to the very specialised skill set. Doing an online academic learning course or module shows commitment to the desired field of career path and by completing the certificate candidates not only proof their individual commitment to the industry but also demonstrates a sense of urgency and dedication to become, and be a key professional role player in the lodge management environment. Employers do appreciate the commitment from candidates, in particular, the finical commitment made in order to achieve or obtain the certificate. It certainly provides credibility to the employability factor of people in the industry but also those who fancy a change in career path. The safari lodge management role is distinctively different to the normal urban hospitality approach and this certificate covers the broader spectrum of skill sets required. It is a fundamental stepping stone to building a foundation upon which a safari lodge manager can enhance his/her career with. Moreover, for any candidates seeking to advance their careers internationally in the industry throughout the continent, the GLM certificate is widely respected by many and in particular government institutes as the most desired substitute for a formal tertiary education such as degree level studies or diplomas. The certificate does contribute to successfully gaining an advantage for the purpose of obtaining work permits in other African countries.
What basic steps to take to enter the industry?
Step one would be to complete and achieve the GLM certificate. Secondly, ensure that you do have some sort of GLM or safari related experience. One very strict criteria are the need for having lived and worked in the bush. The romance associated within the industry surrounding the conceptional idea of working in the African bush is masked by the harsh reality that it is just that. It can be a very harsh environment and if not previously experienced can have a major impact on newbie managers. Thirdly, provide concrete and proven record of some experience as employers will simply outright reject candidates who have not previously experienced working in remote bush environments. Finally, if you’re not a peoples person, this is not for you. Many make the mistake and think that working in the industry, remotely and away from general populous means being away from people. Not true! In fact, it is the opposite as the majority of your management career success depends on your customer feedback and face to face interaction with your guests during their stay at your lodge. At the end of the day, your success very much depends on your personality. It is what you make of it in the true sense of the sentiment. - Nico van Zyl.
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