Meet Virág Darvalics, Hungarian and studying abroad at Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands. Virág just started her last year at Hotelschool The Hague. Before Hotelschool The Hague she attended a British International High School in Budapest.
Studying abroad is definitely one of best decisions I have ever made, I love the Netherlands, I love my school, the programme and the opportunities it offers. Hotelschool The Hague really gives you a Passport to the World with its Bachelor programme, I met people from all over the world who I can call my friends now. If you are open minded, ambitious and would like to connect with people from all over the globe, and simultaneously attend one of Top 5 Bachelor programmes in Hospitality Management in the world, then Hotelschool The Hague is the place for you.
Why study abroad?
Attending and graduating from a British High School in Budapest gave me the opportunity to study abroad. This is how I came across Hotelschool The Hague. The first time I came in contact with Hotelschool The Hague was through the internet; I found the school’s website when I was browsing through possible schools that offer a Bachelor in Hospitality Management.
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Business case for Hospitality Business School
My father was the reason I became interested in the hospitality industry. He had been working in the industry and owned his own hotel when I was younger. I told him that I wanted to study abroad to obtain a Bachelor degree in Hospitality. Basically, I had to convince my father by giving him a PowerPoint presentation that showed exactly what the different study programmes offered, which Alumni network they have and the price/quality ratio of each school. I decided to do that for all top 10 Hotel Schools worldwide, so I could tell my father that I did all my research and I knew which school was most suitable for me. After the presentation, my father agreed to a Bachelor in Hospitality Management, because he knows the industry and he knew this would benefit my future career possibilities.
Life changing event
It was a major change to move from Hungary to The Netherlands; at start I missed my family and friends a lot. I used to go back to Hungary regularly because it is only a 2-hour flight from The Netherlands. What mainly differentiates The Netherlands from Hungary is that Dutch people seem to be happier and more open, which really appeals to me. As soon as I got to know more people here, I did not feel the urge to go back to Hungary that often. Making friends in The Netherlands was pretty easy, as all first year students are in the same situation as you. This makes it easy to relate to each other and creates a strong community. All first year students live in Hotelschool The Hague’s student accommodation, the Skotel. In Skotel, students share a kitchen and living room with 15 other people and share a bedroom with one other student. This first year is the start of many life-long friendships.
View on your future
What I like best about Hotelschool The Hague’s Bachelor programme is that if offers you a Bachelor in Hospitality Management. Therefore, you get courses in Finance, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Law, Training and Management Skills and Strategic Management. Next to this, there is also the practical learning experience. The school has its own hotels and restaurants, where you learn the basics. Overall, you learn to work individually as well as in groups. It makes the degree very diverse, meaning that you can pursue a career in the hospitality industry or industries where hospitality makes a difference.
My personal preferences actually shifted from a career in hospitality to a career in HR or Marketing after my first placement. The first placement is right after you finish your first year, it is a practical placement in the hospitality industry. I did my placement in a hotel with 91 rooms in Paris. I look back on it with mixed feelings. It really showed me that the hospitality industry is a great environment to work in, but at the same time you are working when nobody else is. Personally, I prefer having regular working hours, which are less common when working in the hospitality industry.
After my first placement, I went back to The Hague to start the final phase of the four year programme of the study. Currently, I am in still in this phase and it is my favourite. During this last year you truly apply everything you have learned in the previous years and start orientating on your future career. I am definitely leaning towards a career in Human Resources or Marketing and I hope to do my last placement in one of these fields. After I have finished the Bachelor programme at Hotelschool The Hague, I want to find a job and work for two years to get some experience. In the future, I would like to apply for a Master programme in the field of Human Resources or Marketing to complement my Bachelor degree, but for now I will fully enjoy my last phase at Hotelschool The Hague.
This article was provided by Hotelschool The Hague, one of the leading hospitality business schools in Europe.