Like any ‘people’ business, first impressions count in hospitality. Petra Čulo can vouch for this – it was a great first impression that led her to pick Glion for her Master’s.
“I took my bachelor’s degree in economics and management in my home country of Croatia; but since I was interested in hospitality I did my research and made a plan to visit Glion, because it is known as being among the top hospitality schools in the world,” explains Petra, who is now in the first semester of her Master’s in International Hospitality Business
“I came to visit the school last September and my first impression was amazing. When I saw everyone dressed so smartly in business suits – wow!”
First impressions have to be backed up, though, and it was the friendly atmosphere on campus that made Petra decide Glion was the place to be. “I had to ask some students for directions, plus I had a few other questions about the Master’s program. Every person I spoke with was very kind and very happy to answer my questions and help me,” she says.
Petra sees her Master’s as a stepping stone to a career in hospitality back in her native Croatia. “I’ve nothing firmly in mind yet, but it will definitely be somewhere within the hospitality business. I’m planning to do my Master’s specialization in luxury, so maybe I’ll focus in that area.”
Now full time on campus, Petra says she never gets bored of the amazing views over Montreux and the lake. She has also encountered the famous Glion Spirit, which she sums up as being like a multicultural ‘family’ of friends.
“At Glion, we have a unique mix of highly educated professors, with an environment that’s kind and supportive, plus this amazing spread of nationalities, which gives us a chance to learn about other cultures.
“I would tell anyone that if you are interested in hospitality and have an opportunity to come to Glion, then you should definitely take it. You will meet new people, make new friends for life, and get enormous knowledge and experience. Everything you need to be a success.”
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