Glion student testimonial – Rojjirat Opassuwan
Glion gave Rojjirat Opassuwan, originally from Thailand, the chance to experience a multicultural environment. Studying alongside people from different cultures has stood Rojjirat in good stead, and he now works as a sales executive for Rosewood Phuket, looking after leisure markets in the Middle East, India and the USA.
“Glion is very diverse, and there are so many nationalities on campus,” said Rojjirat. “We were automatically put into a multicultural environment, which allowed me to be integrated with various people from different backgrounds.” Rojjirat believes this is essential preparation for a hospitality career. “The essence of this industry is diversity, exposing you to different cultures,” he said. “I find it both challenging and fun to work with people of many different nationalities.”
Entering the world of sales
Rojjirat’s aimed to enter the world of sales and marketing upon graduating. He began by working at W Retreat Koh Samui, a five-star hotel in Thailand. “My job as a sales specialist saw me look after leisure and MICE segment,” Rojjirat said. “I stayed with the company for one year, before joining the newly-opened Rosewood Phuket in Thailand.”
In his role as sales executive, Rojjirat covers a range of areas. He believes communication is the most important skill to succeed. “It’s key,” he said. “I believe being able to communicate effectively will give you a competitive edge in advancing your career.” Speaking multiple languages is just as vital, he claims. “It will certainly give you a huge advantage when it comes to advancing your career,” he said. “Also, it’s particularly important in Asia, as there is huge market potential from China to Asia. Being able to speak the language is a big plus and allows you to differentiate yourself from others.”
Memories from Glion
Rojjirat graduated from Glion in 2015, with a BBA in Hospitality Management (specializing in Real Estate Finance and Revenue Management). “Glion provides a good combination of theoretical knowledge and practical implementation,” Rojjirat said. “It’s also a fun learning experience that encourages you to develop your creativity and technical skills. This differentiates Glion from other institutions.”
Rojjirat has plenty of happy memoires from studying at Glion. “I really enjoyed working as a Student Ambassador,” he said. “Firstly, it gave me the opportunity to work with the Marketing team. I attended seminars and Open Days. Additionally, I worked with media companies like Hello Magazine Thailand, driving interest and raising awareness of the institution in the Thai community.”
Being a part of Glion’s global alumni network is another positive for Rojjirat. “The chance to expand one’s network and make connections around the world is priceless,” he said. “I’ve attended alumni events and found them very successful, and I get to meet alumni that I’ve never met before. Thus, it’s a great platform to connect with many successful people within the industry.
“In conclusion, Glion has provided me with the right tools and capabilities to achieve my professional objectives.”