"Studying hospitality management was probably one of the toughest challenge in my life. I was a bit slow to adapt to the international atmosphere, and was not well prepared for the change. But after studying at César Ritz Colleges and later on doing my dissertation in the UK, I managed to open up my mind. I was so happy that I made this decision and it was the best time of my life. There was so much to learn, and it was so much fun.
I did my first internship in a very small resort in Neuchâtel, by the lake. It was not easy, as I had to do everything from service to housekeeping, dish washing and cooking. But I have grown so much from it. It taught me to respect the staff and appreciate others' work, no matter what it is. Right after this internship I attended the SEG International Recruitment Forum and received two offers from Hilton and Shangri-La.
I chose Hilton and went to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for my management training after I graduated. But I kept in touch with the CEO of Shangri-La who told me: 'See you soon in Hong Kong. Whenever you are back in Asia, let us know.' And indeed they offered me a job when I returned to Beijing.
I am now Key Account Manager with Accor in Beijing and after one year, I was promoted and am now responsible for global accounts, including Volvo, ABB and Microsoft. In my free time I also co-founded a professional women circle 'Lean In China', which encourages women to pursue their own definition of success and happiness.
Studying at César Ritz Colleges allowed me to be part of their Alumni Network, which is a valuable network and shows how much the school cares about their graduates, even years after they left Switzerland.
My advice to future graduates: Don't ever limit yourself!"