From hotel management to the Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Is it possible to launch a career in arts and entertainment or the event industry, after graduating from a hotel school? Not only is it possible, it is actually a logical career path, as Caroline Aubry’s experience proves. In her second year of the Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management, she is on internship at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo as an event production assistant.
For her second internship as a student at Glion, Caroline Aubry came back home to France. Native to Menton, she went to high school in Monaco. Then, she had the opportunity to enter one of the most prestigious Monegasque institutions which took her away from her native land, the French Riviera. Although she was tempted by the hotel industry since a young age, Caroline accepted her parents’ advice to continue her general studies until she obtained her baccalaureate.
One day, thanks to an orientation interview, Caroline understood that hotel management really matches her personality. A Glion Open Day convinced her even more. “I realized Glion was addressing many fields of activity and that it wasn’t just about hotel operations, even though we had the opportunity to learn about it with practical hotel management courses during the first two semesters,” Caroline said. When she understood that the hospitality industry was only one of the many possible paths after Glion, her choice was made. She appreciated the magical environment at Glion and felt that life in Switzerland is really different from her experiences in France. It was a change that proved to be rewarding. “It’s a good thing,” Caroline said of her time at Glion, “It teaches you that wherever you go, you’ll have to adapt. Here, we have the chance to be among students from 100 different nationalities.” This international outlook is very useful when you know you’ll be working in palaces around the world or if you have to manage projects for ballet productions.
“Seeing that career paths after Glion go well beyond the hospitality industry comforts me in my initial choice.”
When Caroline had to choose her specialization for semesters 6 and 7 – a necessary step before the internship – she hesitated and finally chose Sales & Marketing, a decision she doesn’t regret today. The path she chose gave her the possibility to do her second internship in the art scene. It was a dream come true for this young lady who always loved dance and drawing as her hobbies. “I really want to work in this field,” she now realizes.
When the moment came to choose her internship, she had some doubts. “I talked about it to the supervisors of Glion’s internship department and they completely reassured me. This is the moment I found out that many former Glion students now work in the artistic field.”
Caroline is now convinced she made the right choice in studying a Bachelor Degree at Glion, as she explains: “Seeing that career paths after Glion go well beyond the hospitality industry comforts me in my initial choice”.
During her internship at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Caroline is working as an event production assistant, specifically in charge of the Le Casse-Noisette Compagnie project (meaning the Nut-Cracker Company in English). The company is creating a live event, similar to prestigious companies such as the Bolchoï Theatre or the Royal Ballet in London. This project gives Caroline the great opportunity to work on every aspect: “They needed someone to help them centralize everything,” says Caroline, “We work with the press, on the video, on the promotion, on the marketing, and on the advertising. All departments are involved.”
In this event industry context, the techniques that Caroline has learned at the hotel school are proving to be useful. She has to manage presentations in hotels and be in contact with Monaco’s ambassadors and consulates in order to organize the promotion of events, before the performance and during the ballet shows. “Glion is really a hotel management school which teaches us general management. Everything I’ve learned in this field and about how to behave with clients and colleagues is useful in my current position,” she admits.
So will it be ballet or an art gallery for her future? Caroline doesn’t know exactly in what field she’ll be seeking employment for her first job once she graduates, but one thing is sure: it will be related to arts and entertainment management. And if she meets former Glion students along her path, she won’t hesitate to ask them for support because she knows that mutual aid is one of the strong values of this prestigious school that leads to many career opportunities.