Hazique Gul Memon, Cofounder, Swiss Escape

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Alumni Service

18 February 2019

In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Hazique Gul Memon, Cofounder, Swiss Escape in Grimentz (CH) (USI Degree: Master in International Tourism, 2016)

How did you start your career?

At the end of my studies, I was selected among 2 other people by ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives), to go on a sponsored worldtrip  meeting  different  stakeholder  (Airlines,  Hotels,  OTA  etc.)  in  thecorporate travel industry. That guaranteed me a Traineeship with BCDTravel in Utrecht, Netherlands.Soon after I realized I wanted my own adventure and therefore joined aTourism accelerator program in Lisbon, Portugal and a month later startedmy own business in Switzerland.

Why did you choose a career at Swiss Escape?

I was yearning to do something of my own, branch a new field in tourismand change the way we work and live today.

What is your current role and duties?

As cofounder, I assume any, and all roles. From legal part of setting up acompany, to web designing to marketing and financing, to get thosecustomers through the door.

In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career at Swiss Escape?

Passion. A drive to change the world, a hunger for learning new concepts and adapting to the everchanging technology.

What are USI’s positive features and qualities?

Its international culture was a big plus, that’s not just the students but also the teachers. I had great opportunities within USI that boosted my career.

What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?

Soft skills. Some of the things I did not realize, like how team-building and problem-solving skills still help me today. Moreover, some of my biggest learnings were when we were asked to work with external companies.

What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?

Do what you love. Don’t get a job just to do a job. Don’t constrain yourself to a specific location. Keep learning new skills, that will set you apart from the crowd.

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