“My parents are Tunisian, but I was born in Poland and went to school there until I finished high school. When I started looking at hotel management schools, I saw right away that the one I preferred had a campus in Tunisia, and so I applied to Vatel Tunis.
I graduated from there with my Bachelor Vatel and a complete skill set in the African hospitality industry that I gained in my practical application courses in our school’s partner hotels such as:
During my final internship in the Radisson Blu Nice Sales and Marketing department, I had what every student dreams of: my manager offered to hire me even before I had finished my mission. I thanked him warmly for this offer, but said that I wanted to continue my education.
At the end of my Vatel undergraduate studies, it was clear to me that if I wanted to work in a hotel’s special events department, I had to start off on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Here once again, because of the many Vatel Campuses, I had the opportunity of doing my graduate studies in California, on the Vatel Los Angeles Campus.
Once again my managers appreciated me: just a month after I started at the Langham Huntington Pasadena, the General Manager of the hotel hired me to be the Supervisor of the hotel’s three restaurants.
I had just started to get to know the American hotel management techniques, and I already had to give orders to fifty staff members in my department. They really know how to get the most out of you in the USA! But, at the same time, that was exactly what I was looking for.
This professional experience really helped me gain self-confidence but each experience, both internships or practical application weeks, gave me a global overview of all the different departments a hotel actually has. Whether it’s an African, European or American hotel.
I also believe that my fluency in foreign languages was truly an asset when communicating with all of my team members:
- Arabic and Polish are my native languages,
- I only attended French schools and I studied German for eight years,
- and Vatel taught me the international language in the hospitality industry: English.
When you work in the hospitality industry, you’ve got an opportunity to use your foreign languages because of their international guests as well as the multilingual staff members.
=> Still in Los Angeles, Siera is now the Guest Relations Officer in the five-star Mr C. Beverly Hills Hotel. At the same time, she founded 2 am. Bourgeoisie, her own special events agency, and she already has many customers. More on this Success Story, right here!