I discovered Vatel Group from TV documentaries as well as the www.vatel.fr site and Vatel Lyon’s
Open House Days, where I learned more about the curriculum.
I had always wanted to work as a manager in luxury hospitality, abroad. So I carefully chose my school: with its international reputation, its courses, its network and the mixture of theoretical courses and practical experience, Vatel seemed self-evident for me.
Discovering the hospitality industry
In my first Bachelor year, I discovered that the hospitality industry is based on thoroughness, helping others and team spirit. Values that I cultivate by taking part in Student Services and managing my 1st year classmates during their practical application weeks at the Vatel Restaurant. I worked in three famous hotels in Lyon and also took part in special events by participating in the Sopra Steria Open by Lyon Tennis Clubs, while acquiring the theoretical basics in hotel management, little by little.
Moving up the ladder
When I was a high school student, I worked as a waiter in summer. At Vatel, I did my first year’s internship in a four-star hotel, Le Val Thorens, where I worked in other domains: at the front desk, where I often spoke English, serving breakfast, working at the bar, and above all, in communication. Management trusted me to design its flyers and put in place other communication tools. I really appreciated their trust and all the freedom I had.
Thanks to the Vatel network, I was also able to work at the Bellesrives five-star hotel at Cap d’Antibes: the Human Resources Manager, Joanna Rodrigues, is a Vatelien, who hired me as captain for a summer job. A demanding job but a great one in a magical environment! I experienced what goes on in a luxury hotel during their peak months, with one event after another. With my Vatel courses and my previous internship, I knew I was becoming more and more professional. The proof: my manager often trusted me and gave me a lot of freedom.
A first international experience
I’m currently doing an internship with a classmate at the Café Chantilly in Bahrain, founded by Segolene Cretaux, a Vatelien. Working with someone you know is great when you go abroad.
I chose this internship among the ones Vatel Lyon proposed to me, to:
I feel like I’m a part of their team and am valued and involved in running this hotel.
Ten years from now, I’d like to manage a team in a luxury hotel, in a large city, like Sydney. Thanks to my “Vatel calling card,” I know that I’ll be able to work abroad in various up-market hotels before settling down someplace.
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.