Testimonial Grace Gabriel
Name: Grace Gabriel
Study programme: International Finance & Control (previously International Business Economics)
Graduation year: 2016
Current position: Hospitality industry
"There’s a lot to learn while in the Netherlands and when studying at Fontys. Firstly, it’s very multi-cultural, which enables you to meet and learn from lots of people from all over the world."
How did studying at Fontys prepare you for your future career?
My study at Fontys formed a great foundation for me; it set a solid platform from which I was able to grow over these past years. Being able to make in-depth research was an advantageous skill I gained during my bachelor’s. Also, becoming a team player, which I learned through various group works and the mini company project, has helped me tremendously.
What is the advantage of a degree at Fontys in comparison to a degree in your home country?
One main reason for studying in the Netherlands was the possibility to study in English. I didn’t have to learn the local language straightaway. Also, the open-minded culture of Dutch people, makes one feel very welcome and comfortable. There are a lot of differences between my study in the Netherlands and back home. One of which is how practical my study at Fontys was. It wasn’t only based on theory, but a lot of practical approaches that made school much more interesting and understandable. A real-life work scenario was always created.
What kind of work have you done since leaving Fonty?
After my bachelor’s at Fontys, I did my master’s in International Hospitality Management, which is my main area of interest. So far, I’ve build a career in the hotel industry. My present job is as a Front Office Supervisor, and my daily tasks include working alongside the Hotel Manager and Front Office Manager to run the front office. In other words, making sure that every guest leaves with a big smile. I also make sure that my colleagues have all they need to make this happen by continually training them. I also work on guest relations and online communications as well as setting up and implementing SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
Do you have tips/suggestions for potential students?
There’s a lot to learn while in the Netherlands and when studying at Fontys. Firstly, it’s very multi-cultural, which enables you to meet and learn from lots of people from all over the world. Secondly, it’s nice to learn the Dutch language. Although everyone can speak English, it’s a great way to get better integrated.