Meet Noxolo Jingxi, former Oxbridge Academy student and now a rising star chef! By starting as a novice chef, and then completing her certificate with distinction, 31-year-old Noxolo paved her path to a chef career at one of South Africa’s top tourism and hospitality companies.

Small beginnings

Born in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, Noxolo Jingxi dreamed of being a chef.

I knew that I needed to work hard and build myself up.”

The door into a career in hospitality opened long after she finished high school, when she found a job as a commis chef, assisting with tasks in a restaurant kitchen.

“I did not want to be stuck in that job forever. It was long hours and the pay was not good. But it was a starting point for me. I knew that I needed to work hard and build myself up,” says Noxolo.

Studying towards success

In 2016 Noxolo started looking to add to her knowledge and to build on her previous qualification. She discovered Oxbridge Academy, and found the perfect course – the Skills Certificate: Hotel and Catering Management.

“The fees were very affordable and the person I spoke to was very helpful when explaining everything to me, so I decided to go for it!”

Because she was working at the time, Noxolo explains that distance learning was the best form of study for her.

“It allowed me to find time to do my studies while I was working. My study materials would arrive on time and the student advisor was also very helpful when I needed to ask questions about my assignments.”

Noxolo finished her course with six distinctions. She says that reading through all her study materials carefully was one of the keys to her success. 

“I would read through all my books carefully first and do the exercises in them. This made it quite easy for me to pass the assignments.”

Putting on her chef’s hat!

After completing her certificate, Noxolo began to apply for jobs. She successfully found work as a commis chef with Tsogo Sun in the Eastern Cape.

After only six months in the job, Noxolo was promoted to the position of chef de partie and was transferred to Mpumalanga. She is now is in charge of her own cooking station at The Ridge Southern Sun Hotel in eMalahleni.

“It has really been a very rewarding journey for me and one where I am starting to fulfil my dreams. I want to say to every distance learning student – it is possible to get a career through distance learning, just like I am doing!”

Do you dream of a job in the hospitality industry? We would love to help you choose the perfect Tourism and Hospitality course. At Oxbridge Academy, we offer fantastic student support and we look forward to welcoming you to the college that really cares. Click here to explore our Tourism and Hospitality courses.

Don’t forget, Oxbridge Academy can make your dreams come true too, just like we helped Noxolo Jingxi.

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