Hi, I am Maxime, born and raised in Nice, France. I am 23 years old and will graduate from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne with a bachelor degree, this coming June.
Why did you decide to join the direct entry bachelor’s degree?
Holder of an Advanced Vocational Diploma in hospitality, I felt that the broad hospitality environment was still too blurry to jump into "real working life". Thus, I decided to apply for a direct entry bachelor to perfect my education.
What degree did you complete before joining EHL?
A BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) in hospitality and marketing at the École Hôteliere et Tourisme Paul Augier in Nice, France. Translated by Advanced Vocational Diploma.
How was the transition from your previous studies to the Bachelor?
Since the direct entry program was only in English, I knew that I would have to improve it before starting my Bachelor. Thus, I took a gap year in London. I was working in the F&B department of a hotel, which allowed me to improve my English skills, acquire professional experiences and open my mindset.
Looking at where you stand today, how do you think EHL has made a difference in your life?
Being part of the EHL family gives me inspiration, motivation and confidence. Since then, I discovered myself as an entrepreneur profile, something I wouldn’t even have thought about before starting at EHL.
Tell us something that you learned at EHL and that you are using every day.
Microsoft Excel! Jokes aside, I would say my presentation skills. EHL helped me to gain confidence in front of large audiences and continuously pushing myself to reach the Swiss perfection.
How do you see your career evolving?
In an idealistic future, I see myself gaining experiences and knowledge on the hotel asset management field. Following that, I would dedicate my time to an entrepreneurial project, which, for now, remain confidential.
What advice would you give to young people that are not sure about their career aspirations?
Firstly, do something you are passionate about; life is too short to be wasted. And secondly, I will end this question with the famous quote of Mark Twain:
They didn't know it was impossible so they did it.
In other words, believe in yourself and do what you love!