Vatel Tunis and Vatel Los Angeles alumnus, Siera M’Halla speaks five languages and stood out in each of her professional experiences. She’ll tell us how she built her international and multi-skilled resume.
“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:
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.
I wanted to be a business woman, rushing from one event to another. That’s exactly what I do: I work five evenings per week at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel and the rest of the time I work with 2 am. Bourgeoisie, the special events agency that I founded. At the same time, I manage the telephone and social networking services for Insomniac Events and Exchange LA.
And when I’ve got some free time? I go out to meet new people and widen my network to promote events my agency has to potential customers. Nothing works better than being present to succeed in this environment.
2 am. Bourgeoisie’s clients are very young and require our expertise mainly for:
Our first goal that my American associate and I had was to make our agency a benchmark in the field of nighttime events before broadening our offer to daytime events with weddings, seminars and baby showers, etc. We wanted to start off in Los Angeles, then in New York or Miami.
What I love most of all about my life in Los Angeles and in my line of work is that each and every day, evening and person that I meet, brings me something new! In the hotel as well as in the framework of the events that I manage for my company, I deal with young and dynamic clients, from the entire world who came to take advantage of California’s ideal climate.”
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