September 28 marked a big day for students of Glion and Les Roches — two of the most renowned hotel management schools in the world — as the institutions joined hands with Ekthana Education Services and our sister brand Hello! Thailand Magazine to host the Global Leadership Careers Workshop 2019, following a theme of ‘The Luxurious Sensation’.
An exclusive full-day affair, the workshop offered aspiring students of hospitality — and, of course, their parents — detailed insight into the process of pursuing hospitality in globally-acclaimed institutions in Switzerland.
Participants got the chance to participate in insightful talks and hands-on workshops, hosted by Glion and Les Roches alumni, industry veterans, and experts in the field. From stories on how they experienced life during their studies and finding work experience and internships abroad, to overall career advice in the travel and hospitality sectors, guest alumni happily offered detailed perspective on their own experiences through a series of discussions and presentations. Ekthana Faisaikram, the managing director of Ekthana Education Services himself, also attended and gave a speech.
There were also a series of more specialised workshops, where participants were encouraged to brainstorm, and have first-hand experience in practicing various skill sets. For instance, the Masterclass Business Model Canvas by Susan Welle — Dean of Practical Arts at Les Roches Global Hospitality Education — offered the chance to apply business planning methodology in real-world situations, with a focus on hospitality and hotels.
Public speaking masterclasses offered insightful tips on presentation skills and projecting various topic matters in the best possible form, while there were also classes on successful financial market planning and pricing. There was even a workshop on Passion Investments, by a representative from Christie’s Auction Thailand Co. Ltd. To end off an information-heavy day, guests were treated to an excellent dining experience at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.
While the career workshop itself was the key highlight, the awards ceremony and commemorative party that followed also proved very enjoyable for all participants.
Guests got the chance to experience first-hand the creme de la creme of super luxury, ranging from Breguet to Ferrari cars.
An evening of celebration, the awards ceremony acknowledged the achievements of the most outstanding students in the program, rewarding them with gifts that included a special Samsonite luggage, as well as Afternoon Tea packages at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, and even a One Night Experience with breakfast for two at the hotel.