Despite being well on his way to building a successful career, Gabriel decided to take a break to pursue a Master of Science in International Hospitality Management at his alma mater.
After graduating from Swiss Hotel Management School in 2013 with a Swiss Higher Diploma in Hospitality and Event Management, Gabriel Yesyurun became a Guest Experience Manager at Sofitel Forebase Chongqing and then became the youngest Customer Experience Manager at AccorHotels in Asia-Pacific.
Gabriel shares the reasons that helped him decide to return to school to upgrade his education and pursue a master's degree.
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. I decided to return to China after completing my degree, confident that an extra educational qualification would help me stand out.
The hospitality and tourism industries are in constant flux. New technologies, travel disruptors like Airbnb, and digitalization have revolutionized the travel industry and I felt the need to have a broader perspective to keep ahead of the game.
Having a master's degree shows your future employer that you are keeping up to date with what's going on in the industry.
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.
Enrolling in the MSc program has allowed me to use the work experience I’ve gained to further develop my critical analytical skills. I explored different ways of doing things, to rethink set ideas, and build on the skills I already have.
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. Getting a master's degree is about doing highly advanced work and research into niche parts of the hospitality industry. This gives you an edge over others.
Enrolling in a postgraduate course means you get to mingle with like-minded individuals who have similar work experience to me. Having studied at Swiss Hotel Management School previously, I knew I would 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!
Even though I felt like I was at a good stage in my career, I didn't want to get complacent and put off pursuing a postgraduate degree because of a lack of time. The sooner I could learn new skills, the quicker I could get back out into the working world and build my career. It had been a while since had been a student and I knew this MSc program was going to be academically challenging, but I was so ready for it!
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