Every semester, Recruitment Day is a major event in the Glion calendar. Attending this event gives our students the chance to network with leading organizations, and can often result in finding internships and employment opportunities. We welcome companies from around the world, offering students valuable internships, work experience or full-time positions. On October 25, our Bulle campus organized the second Recruitment Day of 2017, with over 45 businesses in attendance. Our student ambassadors Mathilde Christmann, Felicia Kurnia and Farida Safarova attended, and have written this blog regarding the exciting day.

Recruitment Day background

The day is divided into two parts. The morning is for first semester students, with students from the Glion campus joining us via bus. The afternoon is dedicated to students in their fourth, sixth and seventh semesters, as well as those studying for their Master’s degree. The day represents not just an exciting chance to network, but it also provides the opportunity to seek an internship position or, for graduating students, job offers.

The companies on offer

Many companies attending are long-term partners of Glion. However, we were also excited to welcome a number of new and developing organizations. The number of companies present demonstrates just how many opportunities are available to Glion students.

Our school was privileged to host some of the world’s most well-known brands in the sector of hospitality, including Four Seasons, Shangri-La, AccorHotels, Hyatt and InterContinental, as well as Marriott with representatives from some of its numerous brands, such as W and The Ritz-Carlton. In addition, students were also given the unique opportunity to meet and talk with smaller brands and individual properties, such as the Oetker Collection, Hotel Castello di Casole from Tuscany, and Hotel Le Place d’Armes from Luxembourg, as well as some start-ups. A number of members of our global alumni network were also present, representing companies such as Expedia and the Utopian Hotel Collection. Current Glion student Alexandra, now on internship with boutique hotel Klimb Up Hotels in Paris, was also visiting, assisting with the recruitment of interns for next semester. The guests were not only hotels however; several companies closely related to the world of hospitality were also in attendance, capturing the interest of students who are looking for something other than purely hotel-based opportunities.

The internship positions companies were recruiting for on the day were numerous. Students seeking a first internship could hope to find a role in food and beverage or in rooms division; while those needing to complete their second internship might be offered a position in marketing, finance or revenue management, for example.

Students’ feedback

All those who attended the event found it to be incredibly exciting, especially those who are about to graduate. Students were delighted to have an opportunity to connect with both global and regional recruiters. Furthermore, many of the visitors gave insightful presentations on their companies, providing extra knowledge on their brands, their philosophies and their training programs. Once initial connections had been made on the day, follow-up communication between visitors and students has ensured that the recruitment process continues.

The event has proved to be a huge success. It has given students a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their skills to some of the world’s finest hospitality organizations, while show-casing to visiting companies the enormous potential of Glion students, and simultaneously providing them with the possibility of meeting some of their future interns and employees. Organized each semester by the Career and Internship Department, Recruitment Day is an absolute “must” for Glion students looking for an internship or that first employment opportunity. Don’t miss the next edition coming up in March 2018!

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Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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