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March 3, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

Subject: personal statement for Xxxxx Xxxxxx


My name is Xxxxx Xxxxxx. I come from China. I was born on Jan.25, 1982. From 1996 to 1998 I was a student at Xxxxxx No.1 middle School; from 1998 to 2002 at Kunming medical colledge, major is pharmacy. My personality is such that I like to experience different things, and enjoy new challenges in my career path. After graduation I was employed for 5 years as an office assistant at a foreign run school in Kunming called Xxxxx Xxxxxx Consulting Company. From 2009 to 2011 I lived in New Zealand, working in different restaurants as a waitress and in backpacker as a receptionist in Motueka, Queenstown, Christchurch, and Auckland, while travelling around New Zealand. In 2011 I returned to China and have been working in Xxxxx Xxxxxx Company which do trade with Vietnamese saling real wood furniture and valuable tree species from Vietnam to China as an general manager assistant until now.

As you can see, I’ve had a variety of work experience over the last ten years. However, at this time I desire to make a contribution to my hometown. My dream is to open a restaurant which will provide authentic western cuisine. In light of my background and my personality I believe I should focus on hospitality and tourism. Firstly, my hometown, Kunming, is one of the most popular tourist cities in China. It is called “Spring City”, the capital of Yunnan Province. Tourism industry is the most important industry in Yunnan province and borders with Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos. Secondly, Kunming is developing at a staggering pace. In 2008 the population was around 5 million people, and then by 2014 the population growth reached over 7.5 million people. In 2013 overseas tourists numbered around 480 million per year, and domestic tourists reached around 23 million per year, in Yunnan province.  Kunming is developing into a dynamic and prosperous city in South-West China. Since 2013 there has been an increase in air routes, ship routes, international train, net and high way to abroad. For example, now it only takes 20 hours by bus from Kunming to Bangkok. Improved transportation has contributed to more make tourists traveling to Kunming. Kunming has close ties with Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. However, at present Kunming is still a very traditional and conservative city. I believe internationalization is a growing movement, which means a large potential market can be foreseen. Thirdly, I have a real love for travelling and cooking. My work experience in New Zealand for 15 months as a waitress made me realize not only is the service industry important to me, but also a vision to establish a long-term business. Education in the hospitality field will enable me to learn about modern enterprise management and commercial running mode, which is beneficial for future enterprise management. All in all, I believe this course of study will equip me with the right skills and prepare me to serve the international environment.

During the last 3 years I travelled to Australia twice. Australia is an amazing country! I am deeply impressed with the beautiful scenery and multi-cultural environment. I’ve chosen Perth for my study because Western Australia is in the same time zone as China. In this way I can communicate with my parents easily. Also I choose West Coast Institute of Training to study at because it is the only Australian education provider to date to be awarded the prestigious world association of Chefs Societies Award for excellence in quality culinary education. I’m confident that if I study in Perth, I will learn the cooking skills, western culture, and improve my English.  Furthermore, I believe the core essence of cookery is culture and that is why I prefer to study in a western country instead of China -even if it is less expensive. What I want to acquire is good cooking skills, effective communication skills and management. This is why I’ve chosen hospitality (commercial cookery stream) as my major to study from July 20, 2014 to March 20, 2016.

After completing my studies in Australia, I will return to my job in China. I plan first to go back to my job at MINGDA Company because this company has witnessed the rapid economic growth, the nursery base is not only in Vietnam, Hekou of China and develop to Sishuangbanna of China. In the future I aim to explore new fields. No doubt I will have the professional qualifications in hospitality and tourism based on proficient English, and skills such as communication, managing budgets, roistering staff, and establishing systems and procedures. Moreover, I will have more opportunity to explore international business. My training will not only provide authentic western cuisine which will cater to foreigner travelers, but also an understanding of western culture which will help locals know more about the western countries. I love Kunming very much, with its beautiful scenery, pleasant weather, and prosperous market. My home is here and my family is here. My parents both were teachers more than 30 years and  retired a couple of years ago. My desire is to complete my studies in Australia and then return to Kunming to be reunited with my parents and establish my new career.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to hearing from you.



Xxxxx Xxxxxx

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Personal Statement

March 3, 2014

I am applying for a visa in order to study hospitality and tourism at the West Coast Institute of Training in Perth to ensure the success of my western-style restaurant in my hometown, Kunming, Yunnan, China.

My Background

1980 – Born in China


1998 – Graduation – No.1 Middle School – Xxxxxx , Yunnan, China

2002 – Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy – Kunming Medical College, China

Work Experience

2003 to 2008 – Office Assistant – Xxxxx Xxxxxx School for Foreigners – Kunming, Yunnan, China

2010 to 2011 – Waitress – Motueka, Queenstown, Christchurch, and Auckland – New Zealand

2011 to Present – Assistant General Manager – Mingda – Kunming, Yunnan, China

The Relevance of a Hospitality Major

My reason for studying hospitality and tourism is to ensure the success of my restaurant.

My wide variety of work and cultural experiences fostered a desire to open a restaurant in Kunming, my hometown – a restaurant featuring authentic western cuisine and atmosphere.

From 2008 to 2014, Kunming, “the City of Eternal Spring” and the capital of Yunnan Province, grew from 5 million to 7.5 million inhabitants. Bordering on Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, Yunnan is one of the most popular tourist centers in China. In 2013, over 503 million tourists visited Kunming — with those coming by bus from Bangkok arriving in only 20 hours.

Although Kunming is still a traditional and conservative city, we have close ties with Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand – as well as our neighbors, Vietnam and Laos. I foresee increased internationalization and a large following for a restaurant which features both authentic western cuisine and atmosphere.

Even though I love cooking, while I was waitressing for 15 months in New Zealand, I learned that I need formal training in hospitality. I need to learn modern methods of management and commerce to serve an international clientele.

Why Study in Australia Rather than in China

Because culture is the core—the essence—of cooking, I need to study western cooking while immersed in the cultural environment of Australian. To created a restaurant with authentic western atmosphere, I need to acquire the western communication and management skills of Australia.

Why the West Coast Institute of Training in Perth

The prestigious World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) has recognized the West Coast Institute of Training with their “Excellence in Quality Culinary Education” award. Perth is also in the same time zone as China, making for easy communication with my family in Kunming.

How this Study Relates to My Career Plan

My plan is to complete my studies in Australia and return to Kunming to run a restaurant and to be with my family. My home is here and my family are here. My parents retired here after 30 years as teachers. I love Kunming very much, with its beautiful scenery, pleasant weather, and prosperous market.

When I return from my studies in Perth, I expect to be professionally qualified in hospitality, tourism, and English. I expect my skills in communicating, managing budgets and staff, and establishing systems and procedures will stand me in good stead in the restaurant business. I expect my training will provide my restaurant with authentic western cuisine which will pull in foreign tourists and local people who want to experience western culture right here in Kunming.


Thank you for considering my reasons for studying hospitality and tourism at the West Coast Institute of Training in Perth. I look forward to establishing a successful western-style restaurant in my hometown.

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