Human Resources Manager
Do you have a passion for people, planning, and making other people happy?
"In my role as Human Resources Manager, I enjoy both communicating with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds," says Wane Sung Ha Kim from South Korea.
He was drawn to the hospitality industry after a particularly memorable welcome at a Vancouver hotel - and Swiss Education Group led him to the satisfying career he has today.
Nothing says glamour – in a professional way – like being an events manager. If you were the party planner back in your school days, chances are you've got a knack for it already. But take it up a notch with events on a global scale.
As Swiss Education Group alumna Galyna from Ukraine says, studying hospitality in Switzerland opens doors across the globe. She now manages events for an organization in Canada. You could, too – or at any number of other locations around the world.
Global Sales Director
Adaptability is key when it comes to sales and marketing – which makes an international education priceless.
“I see now how studying in a culturally diverse environment at Swiss Hotel Management School has shaped me into who I am today,” says Brazilian Patricia Iinuma, who now works in Paris.
She adds that her career choice made visa sponsorship a lot easier, showing once again that an education in hospitality quite literally opens up the world.
Do you like people? All sorts of people? How about a job where you get to find the best people, no matter where they area, and help them find the next big move in their careers?
That's what Yana Senina now does for a living in Dubai, thanks to her education at Hotel Institute Montreux.
"I chose to study hospitality management because it's one of the few industries that allows you to see the world during and after your studies and meet amazing people along the way,” she says.
“Hospitality offers a wide range of opportunities when it comes to work location as well as career path."
Sometimes childhood dreams really do come true. Ana Moutinho always knew she wanted to work with food.
"I have always loved cooking and making all kinds of handcraft," she says. "At the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland I learned from inspiring chefs."
It doesn't get much more international than being the head of a hot hotel. Or even better – what about a branch of hotels? Travel the world on business, and be surrounded by international guests and colleagues wherever you go.
“This position has been one of the highlights of my career,” says Toni Hinterstoisser, General Manager of Andaz Amsterdam. He studied César Ritz Colleges.
"I love this job as it allows me to be in contact with people and gives me the chance to learn about other cultures; and most of all, I like to create memorable experiences."
Business Development Director
At first glance, the skills needed for this job may not be obvious.
But really, the job is just what the title suggests: developing the business – anything from finding new customers and income streams, to analysing and managing revenues, to coming up with new ways to add value.
And applying these skills in the hospitality trade means you get to crunch the numbers in lots of interesting places – just ask Swiss Education Group graduate Markku Mäkipää.
“I have worked in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, the USA and Finland,” he says, attributing much of his success to learning to manage people from different cultures with studying IHTTI School of Hotel Management.
“To any student thinking of studying hospitality, I would say that you really can’t go wrong.”
Coolest job title ever? It just might be.
“I am currently taking on a new challenge at Unilever in Dry Foods, where I have more than 10 products that I designed and that are in the marketplace in Holland, Canada, Germany and Poland," says Chan Kok Kin. "There are a lot of projects in the pipeline that includes both innovations and renovations.
He's always learning and always innovating – thanks to what he learned with Swiss Education Group.
“I use essential skills that I learned at César Ritz Colleges, such as organization, self-discipline or professionalism. The education that I received from César Ritz helped me climb the career ladder.”
Director of Finance
Money makes the world go round – so why not be in charge of it?
Australian Mark Dalton, also a graduate of César Ritz Colleges in Switzerland, now works for one of the most luxurious hotel groups in the world: Mandarin Oriental.
“I relocated to Japan in early 2013 as Director of Finance of their Tokyo property,” he says, “I head up both the finance and legal functions of the business. As the leading luxury property in Japan, a country renowned for its service and hospitality, I am honoured to be a part of such an elite group.”
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This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by Swiss Education Group.