Vatel Tunis and Vatel Los Angeles alumnus, Siera M’Halla speaks five languages and stood out in each of her professional experiences. She’ll tell us how she built her international and multi-skilled resume.
“My parents are Tunisian, but I was born in Poland and went to school there until I finished high school. When I started looking at hotel management schools, I saw right away that the one I preferred had a campus in Tunisia, and so I applied to Vatel Tunis.
I graduated from there with my Bachelor Vatel and a complete skill set in the African hospitality industry that I gained in my practical application courses in our school’s partner hotels such as:
During my final internship in the Radisson Blu Nice Sales and Marketing department, I had what every student dreams of: my manager offered to hire me even before I had finished my mission. I thanked him warmly for this offer, but said that I wanted to continue my education.
At the end of my Vatel undergraduate studies, it was clear to me that if I wanted to work in a hotel’s special events department, I had to start off on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Here once again, because of the many Vatel Campuses, I had the opportunity of doing my graduate studies in California, on the Vatel Los Angeles Campus.
Once again my managers appreciated me: just a month after I started at the Langham Huntington Pasadena, the General Manager of the hotel hired me to be the Supervisor of the hotel’s three restaurants.
I had just started to get to know the American hotel management techniques, and I already had to give orders to fifty staff members in my department. They really know how to get the most out of you in the USA! But, at the same time, that was exactly what I was looking for.
This professional experience really helped me gain self-confidence but each experience, both internships or practical application weeks, gave me a global overview of all the different departments a hotel actually has. Whether it’s an African, European or American hotel.
I also believe that my fluency in foreign languages was truly an asset when communicating with all of my team members:
When you work in the hospitality industry, you’ve got an opportunity to use your foreign languages because of their international guests as well as the multilingual staff members.
I wanted to be a business woman, rushing from one event to another. That’s exactly what I do: I work five evenings per week at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel and the rest of the time I work with 2 am. Bourgeoisie, the special events agency that I founded. At the same time, I manage the telephone and social networking services for Insomniac Events and Exchange LA.
And when I’ve got some free time? I go out to meet new people and widen my network to promote events my agency has to potential customers. Nothing works better than being present to succeed in this environment.
2 am. Bourgeoisie’s clients are very young and require our expertise mainly for:
Our first goal that my American associate and I had was to make our agency a benchmark in the field of nighttime events before broadening our offer to daytime events with weddings, seminars and baby showers, etc. We wanted to start off in Los Angeles, then in New York or Miami.
What I love most of all about my life in Los Angeles and in my line of work is that each and every day, evening and person that I meet, brings me something new! In the hotel as well as in the framework of the events that I manage for my company, I deal with young and dynamic clients, from the entire world who came to take advantage of California’s ideal climate.”
Just 20 years old and Emma has already lived in France, in Germany, in Belgium and in England. She’ll tell us about her international experience with the Marco Polo exchange program from Paris to Brussels.Read more
Emma Lacour, who loves travelling and showing her photos on gastronomy and the French art of hospitality on Instagram, tells us why she decided to study in this field.Read more
Mathilde Corbin, who has taught at Vatel Nimes for the past five years, is an expert in events management and a coach for MBA students in this Specialization.Read more
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Currently, in her 2nd undergraduate year, Océane Pilot has already and repeatedly experienced the power of the alumni network of Vatel Bordeaux. Testimonial.Read more
What do Vatel students do when they are not training or in class? Some, like Maxime Culosse, decide to beef up their resumes.Read more
While the international outreach and mixture of theory and practical application convinced Milo’s parents, it was employability and quick promotions in the hospitality industry that seduced Edouard’s...Read more
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From Montenegro, Tunisia and India, more than 60 students came to Nimes to do their international internship at the Vatel Hotel.Read more
Food and beverage manager and sommelier at Les Tables Vatel in Bordeaux, Julien Borreil likes to learn and discover.Read more
Accepted at Vatel Nantes, Lou Nguyen ends her admission interview by trying on clothing. By the way though, why wear a uniform and what do students think about this?Read more
Hired even before they received their degrees, the Vatel Lyon class of 2018 has great jobs again this year!Read more
How can students appreciate and retain a theoretical course? With a professor who has worked in this industry and has lots of stories to tell!Read more
You could say that Irene Melero, who speaks Spanish, Italian and French, is an expert in how to learn foreign languages! Let’s have a look at her background and educational philosophy.Read more
Vatel Nimes 4th year students came in second place in the nationwide “Challenges for Youth and Companies” competition. What did they decide to promote? A hotel of course!Read more
Vatel students: your 4th year mission, should you choose to accept it, is the following: drawing up a development strategy to increase Chinese tourism in your city, working closely with the Lyon Metropolis.Read more
A 2010 alumnus, Francois Perraud is now a Financial Controller at the Nantes Radisson Blu. Coming September, he’ll also be a Vatel Nantes faculty member!Read more
Vatel Bordeaux Academic Director Ludovic Glorieux presents his missions and a complete overview of the strengths and challenges for the Vatel Group entity in Gironde.Read more
Who is Isabelle Cassini, a Vatel Nantes professor?Read more
The next Worldwide Hospitality Awards will be held in one month: support the Marco Polo program candidacy by voting here right now!Read more
We wish you all a great academic year and a special welcome to the first class of Vatel Nantes.