Leading organizations gather for Glion recruitment day
Glion Institute of Higher Education boasts strong relationships with some of the world’s most successful, renowned organizations. Businesses from both hospitality and beyond look to employ our graduates due to the valuable work experience and cutting-edge skills our programs teach them. It is no surprise that Glion has been ranked number one worldwide for employer reputation, according to higher education data specialist QS.
We continue to forge and maintain bonds with employers through our recruitment days. Held twice a year, they provide our students with the chance to network with some of hospitality’s biggest brands. For employers, it’s the chance to engage with and often offer employment to the future leaders of the industry. This first recruitment day of 2018 was held on Thursday 15 March, and saw 68 companies visit our school.
Glion ensures its students are ready to meet their potential future employers. “We prepare all of our students in advance,” said Jacqueline Lutz, Head of Career and Internship at Glion. “We guide them on how to network, as these recruitment days are all about networking, creating and building relationships for the future.”
This recruitment day saw a 33 per cent increase in visiting companies compared to last October’s event. This demonstrates Glion’s ever-growing reputation for delivering work-ready graduates. Organizations in attendance included luxury goods holding business Richemont, financial company Bloomberg and a variety of hotel chains, including Marriott, Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.
Many students who attended the day said it gave them the opportunity to network with a range of companies. “It has been a great day,” said Giuseppe Lombardi, currently in his fourth semester of the BBA International Hospitality Business program. “I had the chance to engage with lots of companies and create some valuable contacts for the future.”
Diane Hellouin De Cenival, in the second semester of an MSc in International Hospitality Business, also found it beneficial. “We are very lucky to be able to meet lots of companies, hand out CVs and talk to employers,” she said.
Glion’s recruitment days are not only a chance for our students to engage with organizations they are familiar with, but also companies they may not be aware of. A lot of students realise the skills they learn at Glion are not just tailored to hospitality – they can be applied to a range of other sectors.
What employers say
Glion’s recruitment days are equally as valuable to employers, who look to employ graduates with the right blend of academic skills and first-hand experience. For example, luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental are looking to expand and see Glion graduates as the perfect recruits. “We’re looking for top talent,” said Paul Clark, Mandarin Oriental’s Group Director of Human Resources. “We have 31 hotels and we have plans to add another thirty within five or six years. For this, we’ll need another 13,000 employees to manage that growth, and we believe at Glion we will be able to find some great talents.”
Other organizations have recruited from Glion before, and return for a number of reasons. “Candidates from Glion are professional, hardworking and dedicated,” according to Mitchell Goggins, Customer Support Team Leader at Bloomberg. “We’ve been coming here for four or five years now, and I’m hoping we can continue to build our brand here at Glion.”
Emmanuelle Lacoste, Regional Director of Human Resources for South West Europe and North Africa at hotel corporation Hyatt, also believes Glion graduates have the required skills. “Profiles here are very interesting,” she said. “There are quite a few alumni at Hyatt and they are always very talented.”