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Alumni6 reasons to go back to school

Despite being well on his way to building a successful career, Gabriel has decided to take a break to pursue the Masters of Science in International Hospitality Management at his alma mater.

At 23 years of age, Gabriel Yesyurun became a Head of Department at Sofitel Forebase Chongqing and currently, he’s the youngest regional manager at AccorHotels in Asia-Pacific.

Gabriel shares the reasons that helped him decide to return to SHMS to upgrade his education.

1. Opportunities for an international career

Before I joined the Regional Corporate office of AccorHotels, I worked in China for one and a half years and thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. I think there’s a huge potential for growth in hospitality in China and the country is rapidly developing its economy and infrastructure. The plan is to return to Greater China after completing my Masters and I’m confident with an extra educational qualification in hand, it will help me stand out amongst those who haven’t obtained a postgraduate qualification.

2. Gain industry relevance for today and tomorrow

The hospitality and tourism industry is in constant flux. New technologies, travel disruptors like Airbnb and digitalisation have revolutionised the travel industry and I feel the need to have a broader perspective to keep ahead. I think having a Masters will show my future employer that I'm keeping up to date with what's going on in the industry.

3. Experience will allow me to see things differently

I love a good challenge as it forces me to think outside the box. However, sometimes when you're working in the same role for an extended period of time, it can be difficult to think creatively.

I think enrolling in this MSc programme will allow me to use the work experience I’ve gained to further develop my critical analytical skills. I’m looking forward to exploring different ways of doing things, to rethink set ideas and build on the skills I already have.

4. I get to learn more about what I love

I genuinely love the hospitality industry. It’s something I’m very passionate about and I want to strive to expand my knowledge in this field. More importantly, I won’t just be learning the general basics, but doing highly advanced work and research into niche parts of the hospitality industry. I think this will give me an edge over others.

5. Networking

Enrolling in a postgraduate course means I’ll be mingling with like-minded individuals who have similar work experience like me. Having studied at SHMS previously, I know I’ll be studying in a diverse and multicultural cohort.

It’s an opportunity to put myself out there and you never know what building these relationships in school could mean for my future career!

6. Time waits for no man!

Even though I feel like I am at a good stage in my career now, I don’t want to get complacent and put off pursuing my postgrad degree because of lack of time. The sooner I learn new skills, the quicker I get back out into the working world and build my career. It’s been a while since I’ve studied anything and I know this MSc programme is going to be academically challenging, but I am so ready for it!

Graduate from SHMS Swiss Hotel Management School

Gabriel Yesyurun graduated in 2013 with a Swiss Higher Diploma in Hospitality and Event Management

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