Today’s employment market is competitive, especially for new graduates. Employers want people with great qualifications as well as work experience. These demands can make it hard for new graduates, and leave students and their parents wondering if it’s better to get work experience or continue with their studies at college.
Gain a degree and work experience
In Switzerland’s dual education system, students don’t need to choose between getting work experience or a degree, they get both. Switzerland’s education system is unique. At the tertiary level, it’s divided into two sectors: higher education and professional education. Undergraduate students in the higher education sector receive a bachelor’s degree while students in the professional sector earn professional degrees. These are both Level 6 qualifications under the International Standard Classification of Education.
Students on the Professional Path begin their studies with the Swiss Professional Degree. The program builds a strong foundation in hospitality operations and management. Practical skills training combines with classroom learning with applied projects before students take their new knowledge to the real world during internship semesters.
The federal accreditation of professional degree’s requires students have two years of industry experience before their final semester. To achieve this, school-supported internships are part of the professional education curriculum to ensure students can apply what they learn in the classroom in a professional workplace setting. This approach ensures professional degree graduates are highly skilled in their chosen professions.
The final semester gives students the option to specialise their skills in either culinary arts or spa and wellness management, an opportunity exclusive to Professional Path students. Graduates of the professional degree who wish to sharpen their business skills can continue with the EHL Bachelor to receive advanced management training and further specialise their skill set with electives.
Learn the skills of the future
While this pathway may take longer than the better-known higher education route, Professional Path students graduate with two degrees and two years of experience, which helps make them stand out in the competitive job market.
Well-educated hospitality professionals are highly demanded in hospitality and other customer-service industries. This is because of the focus on developing soft skills and emotional intelligence. To provide excellent service, hospitality students develop teamwork and leadership skills, and to listen and communicate well. They must develop their self-awareness as well as intercultural competencies to interact with international guests.
The skills learned in a hospitality degree are transferable. Industries such as finance, real estate, and luxury brands recruit hospitality graduates because of their blend of business and service excellence skills. HSBC, Chanel, Porsche and Disneyland Resort are just some of the organisations that have recruited EHL Passugg graduates.