Name: Nicholas Sim Yue Yang
High School : British International School, HCMC Vietnam – Class of 2014, Singapore Military – Class of 2014 to 2016, SHATEC, Singapore Diploma in Hotel Management – Class of 2018
Degree Chosen at Swiss Hotel Management School: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Hospitality and Events Management – Class of 2020
I am very thankful that I came across Sonia. She has been nothing but helpful and attentive to my career interests and she has been able to find and tailor-make a study experience for me that worked well within my time-frame and satisfied my educational objective of studying in Switzerland. She provided a plethora of information that proved very useful in making and informed decision to travel abroad and study and especially it is my first time travelling to Europe, the reassurance and hospitality I received throughout this process was nothing short of impressive and professional.
‘Only a life lived to the service of others is worth living.’ – Albert Einstein
1. Studying in Switzerland – Why did you choose Switzerland as a study destination. How was your experience studying at Swiss Hotel Management School?
The reason I chose to study in Switzerland was that it is the home of hospitality and I wanted to experience it first-hand. Indeed it was true, that my final year of university experience was unforgettable. Studying in SHMS in the Leysin Alps was as breath-taking as I could imagine, the beautiful scenery and trekking tracks left a lasting impression of my study experience and complimenting with the education that I received, it was a perfect combination. One advice is that if you love nature and a scenic environment for both business and leisure, Switzerland is nothing short but perfect. Another important note is that be prepared for the winter months as it can be quite chilly and I mean -3 degrees depending on which canton you are in. Buy the correct boots so you can prance in the snow and enjoy the scenic view of what Switzerland has to offer.
2. My Program – Which program did you choose and describe in summary overall program about what you learned from the campuses. And which specialization you are choosing?
During my stint there, I did the International Hospitality and Events Management Program specializing in Events. As I was placed in a leadership position in our flagship event, learning first-hand how to create events and coordinating with many external stakeholders was a challenge. But the World of Hospitality (WoH) was a learning experience like no other, definitely sleepless nights throughout but nothing I would trade it for!
3. My Internship – Where did you do your internships and which one was your best experience out of all?
In regards to my internship, I did my 1 year stint in Singapore. 6 months in the Guest Relations department and F&B department as an intern and 6 months as a F&B Captain in the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. Working in a luxury 5 star hotel with a rich employee culture where the organization takes care of their own is definitely a perk. With many external on-the-job training opportunities and department gatherings, this allowed me to gain specialised knowledge and foster meaningful work relationships with my colleagues that will surely last.
4. My Future – What are your goals after graduation? If graduated already – What is your current position and what do you do daily on your job. What do you love most about it, next career move?
As I have graduated, I have secured employment as a Corporate Management Trainee in Les Amis Group which is an F&B Restaurant Umbrella Company that owns many other subsidiary brands in Singapore. One impressive flagship restaurant that they own is the Les Amis French Fine Dining Restaurant which is one of the 2 only 3 Michelin star restaurants in Singapore. My 1 year experience will comprise of working in various different outlets as well as the corporate office to gain as much exposure and experience as possible. The reason why I chose F&B was because of my love for food. “I live to eat” and the joy I receive when a guest is satisfied with their dining experience is what drives me to do what I love and succeed in it.