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Yorick Vlaar, Hotel management school

Yorick Vlaar (28), a hotel management graduate, is currently working as a consultant at VFM Facility Experts. He will gladly tell you what he gained from his studies and why he chose to go to South-Africa for half a year during his time as a student.

Yorick

”“When I came back from South-Africa I was extremely motivated to finish my degree and felt like it was time for me to take a new step.””

The beginning

“When I picked which course to follow, I chose hotel management because I really wanted to apply
for a practical management course. And there’s no better place for that than at a school for hotel
management! During my study programme, my favorite modules were the practical ones because
my social characteristics could really shine. After all, hospitality in whatever form it comes in is
extremely important to me. What appealed to me was that in this study programme there is a lot of
opportunity for growth. You start with operational tasks and eventually will execute a management
position. This will ensure that you quickly develop your professional skills. ”

Project groups/Problem-based learning

“I worked in a lot of project groups. This is where I clearly saw the international aspect of the study
programme. We would collaborate with different nationalities and people from various cultural
backgrounds. One the one hand this teaches you a lot about those cultures and on the other hand, it
teaches you the importance of teamwork. Furthermore, we worked a lot with problem-based
learning during my course. I learned a lot from this and I still take it with me to this day. By analysing
and working on cases and discussing solutions in a group context, I learned how to handle feedback.
I not only learned how to properly give feedback but also how to receive it accordingly. This is
something I still reap the rewards from in my current job.”

It finally clicked

“In my third year, a couple of things finally fell into place. In previous years, of course, I had followed
different modules such as Research and Planning, Controlling, and French; which wasn’t my strong
suit. During my third year, all this came together for me and I understood that the knowledge from
these different modules can help me develop further and become more proficient in my job.”

South-Africa

“In my third year, I decided to go to South-Africa. I have wanted to go there for quite some time and
in my third year, I saw the opportunity to go. I really felt like: ‘If I don’t go now, I will probably never
go.’ Especially because I got the opportunity to stay there for 6 months, which is quite a long time. It
turned out to be an exceptionally good decision for me to go.”
“When I returned to The Netherlands from South-Africa, I clearly saw the importance of finishing my
course. My 6 months in South-Africa gave me so many new impressions and insights that I felt it was
time for me to take a new step. That’s why when I came back I did everything I could to finish my
study programme and graduate.”

Do you want to know more about Yorick Vlaar and his views on Hotel Management? Watch our
Alumnivideo where Yorick will tell you more about his job at VFM Facility Experts.