New William Angliss Institute students were inspired by four diverse, but complementary speakers on February 16.

PR executive and former City of Melbourne marketing chair Beverley Pinder headlined the orientation day speeches with personal anecdotes, reflections and encouragement for the 160 hospitality students.

She said the economic prosperity of the state was directly linked to the visitor economy and the students’ future prospects were extremely promising.

“You are positioned beautifully at the nexus between education and commerce,” she said.

Moreland City councillor Natalie Abboud’s personal journey highlighted to the students the importance of following their passions and taking advantage of opportunities.

This theme was reinforced by the story of former William Angliss student Cameron Maher who, in a few short years, has become assistant restaurant manager at Southbank’s Dinner by Heston.

Visit Victoria’s online product manager Sam Crowther told a similar tale to the students undertaking studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management; Culinary Management; Resort and Hotel Management; Events Management; and Food Studies.

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