Our class is really close to each other: I couldn’t wait to see my classmates and go back to student life in my school. It was tough to leave Manila, but I was still happy to come back to France.
How did this international experience impact your work this year?
Studying at Vatel Manila was a great opportunity for me to discover subjects that are taught differently than in France: entrepreneurial work, events management, international law, etc. All the courses were in English using different educational methods than those in France. I was able to develop my critical spirit and perfect my professional English: real assets compared to my fellow students who stayed in France.
Plus, I had a “godmother”, who informed me of all the courses she was taking at Vatel Lyon - marketing, management (French style), and human resources. So, I didn’t lag behind at all and when I got back, I had no problems with the third-year courses.
What would you tell a first-year student who is thinking about leaving next year with the Marco Polo program?
Marco Polo is a big commitment: you must be ready to leave for a year far from your country, your friends and family while continuing your work here to have the next year’s academic level. To make the most of it, you have to know what you’ll be doing and be well prepared.
It was an unforgettable and extraordinary experience personally. I spent seven months in an internship at the Felix Hotel in Cambridge England and six months in the Philippines. I met other cultures and learned how to stand on my own two feet in all circumstances.
I learned a lot with Marco Polo: much more than just an exchange program, it’s an unbelievable lesson in life. I’d do it again, if I could!
What are your expectations for the MBA in International Hotel Management?
With an MBA, you go quickly from operational divisions to strategic ones. It will also allow me to expand my managerial know-how which I’ll use in my internship, and I hope that this will turn into the beginning of a great job.
I’m looking forward to having a specialization, which will give my resume a lot of added value. I’m hesitating between the Luxury Brand Management specialization in Vatel Paris and the Sales and E-Marketing Management specialization in Vatel Brussels.
What are your upcoming projects?
I’m interested in being a Catering Manager. This is a polyfunctional job with both strategic and operational functions. You have to work closely with the teams in the kitchens and restaurants, manage several outlets, adapt the offer to each type of clientele, work on your restaurant’s image, draw up the budgets, etc.
My dream? Being the Catering Manager in a five-star hotel in an Anglo-Saxon country, ideally in the United Kingdom. And I’m counting on my MBA internship to put this in place!
For more information:
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
A green Vatel logo, students waiting on tables, at the cash register and advising clients: it’s evident, we’re at a Vatel Cafe!Read more
To thank them for a year of working together, the Lyon Metropolis in an Awards Ceremony, pays homage to what Vatel Lyon students have accomplished.
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
Red alert! We found Tokyo, Berlin, Rio, Denver and even "El Professor" in the South of France: they were hidden among the Vatel Nîmes first year students during their orientation weekend in Fréjus! #moneyheistRead more
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.