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May 3, 2021

Certificate Spotlight: Hospitality and Tourism Management

Learn why Malvin Kadzomba’s employers are loving his certificate

Malvin Kadzomba wasn’t the only one celebrating when he achieved his first milestone on the way to his bachelor’s degree — a certificate in hospitality and tourism management. His boss was happy too — happy enough to give Malvin his third promotion since starting his certificate courses! “My main goal is to run a big restaurant or hotel,” Malvin explained. “So this certificate is actually leading me in the right direction. It’s helping me to get recognized.”

Entering the hospitality industry

Malvin’s progress to his goal first began when he enrolled in BYU‑Pathway Worldwide’s PathwayConnect in 2018. He was amazed by the support he found in his gathering group — it was almost tangible. “You could actually feel the love from the group. You could feel the encouragement,” he said.

The support gave him the confidence to pitch his new knowledge to his employer, who connected him with the owner of several five-star hotels. Malvin was offered a position as the finance and operations assistant with the company and would later be promoted again to stock controller. This encouraged him to continue his education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied business management from BYU-Idaho, which is supported by BYU‑Pathway. Degrees are built by stacking three certificates, so he chose hospitality and tourism management as his first certificate, hoping to secure a management position in the company restaurants.

Malvin outside the restaurant he manages

The immediate benefits of a certificate

During his certificate courses, Malvin learned marketable skills, like calculating food cost for menus, organizing data in spreadsheets, and tracking finances. As he learned these new skills, he communicated with his employer about his progress.

“Don’t just wait until you get a certificate to show your employer,” Malvin suggests. “During that time when you’re taking the courses, you should talk to the employer so they can actually see how you are progressing in your education, rather than just all of a sudden saying you have a certificate. When you reach a certain milestone, you celebrate together and the employer will think in the back of their mind: ‘Okay, this person is improving. Where can we put him where he can work best?’”

And the company knew exactly where Malvin would work best after he completed his certificate. With a third promotion, Malvin became a restaurant manager — a leap toward his long-term goal. He credits humility, integrity, and the certificate for helping him progress so quickly.

“With this education, I just went up immediately,” he said. “With experience you can find jobs. But now with a certificate and an education, you can actually jump some stages of employment and start with a better position and better paying salary.”

In addition to working as a restaurant manager, Malvin also used his new skills to open his own business renting out transportation to food delivery drivers.

Malvin, Audrey, and Malcom

Malvin’s favorite blessing

But Malvin’s most cherished successes are happening in his home. Speaking of his wife, Audrey, Malvin said, “She really is my better half, and I’m very grateful to have her by my side at all times.”

They have seen many good and difficult times together, including the loss of their baby girl. But in February 2020, they were blessed with another baby — their son, Malcom — who motivates Malvin to continue his education to bless his family.

Malvin is on track to earn his second certificate and his associate degree in applied business management, and will then continue on to complete his bachelor’s. He encourages all to obtain as much education as possible. “It will be tough sometimes,” Malvin said. “But as you push on you will find strength to encounter all the challenges you will face. With your goal in mind, you will certainly prevail.”

You can read more about Malvin’s journey to an online degree, and learn more about the hospitality and tourism management certificate and other certificates offered through BYU‑Pathway Worldwide in the degree list.

Comments on "Certificate Spotlight: Hospitality and Tourism Management"

This is an inspiring article. I am pleased with such great work. You have offered really helpful information. Keep it up and keep blogging. I’m looking forward to reading your next post.


Malvin, you are a great man!

Brighton Mushonga says:

I am so happy for Malvin. That is a leap of faith! At the same time, your story teaches us that action brings success. Thank you to BYU-Pathway.

Roberto Giovannoni says:

Thank you for sharing your story, Malvin. It is inspiring for someone like me who has chosen Hospitality and Tourism Management, too. Best regards from a student in Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina.

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waldo kingsley says:

That’s an amazing story, I wish all BYU students a success story too.

Frank Edem Dabi says:

Amazing story here. Just a certificate with this huge promotion?…Glory to God! May God help us all too.

naledilm says:

This is great, thank you for sharing your story. I’m certainly inspired even more- I’m in the process of registering and hopefully some day I can also share my testimony.:-)

Madeline Ncube Chikenge says:

This is great Malvin and the support you receive from your family is awesome. Keeping on pursuing your goals.

Carol says:

Thanks for sharing your story, it’s really encouraging. May the Lord bless you through

Ese Lauretta says:

Thank u for sharing Malvin’s story I am really moved by it. And will like to go up in my career too.

Jenifer Fugal says:

Thank you for sharing your story, Malvin. It is inspiring to see how the Lord blesses our humble efforts through the Pathway program. Blessings and best regards from a new student in Germany.

Kipre zadi Desire says:

Thank you brother Malvin. Your experience helps me a lot to face the tests, which are currently on my way to obtaining my first certificate. It is wonderful to study at BYU-Pathway Worldwide. It gives a glimmer of hope to a soul indeed!

Sumaira David says:

I think Malvin such a mind growth person . I really appreciate him for his all efforts. His story could help to get encouragement as many as I. God bless you Malvin.

Marvel Songolo says:

That’s really encouraging. Congrats to Malvin

Malvin Dumisani Kadzomba says:

I’m so grateful that the Lord has and is still leading my pathway to success.

Joy Nkem says:

That’s great, I’m so happy for Malvin and his family. What I learnt here, don’t lose hope and also put God first in anything you are doing.

Eugene Slater says:

Malvin is a good man. I’m very proud of him. He’s serves with me in the Bishopric. Good for you Malvin.

Dumi says:

Thank you for your loving words Elder Slater.


That’s very awesome of him!

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