Proud to be an IMC graduate: Verena Beer wins ISCONTOUR 2017 award

IMC Krems Tourism and Leisure Management graduate Verena Beer has received the Best ISCONTOUR 2017 Research Paper Award for her master thesis, which was titled Food Choice Values at Home and on Holiday. A Value-Based Comparison.

IMC Krems Tourism and Leisure Management master programme alumna Verena Beer tells us about her studies and career path since leaving university.

Almost exactly a year ago, in summer 2016, Verena Beer submitted her master thesis – for which she recently received an ISCONTOUR 2017  award – and shortly afterwards completed her final examination for the Tourism and Leisure Management master programme at IMC Krems. She now works in conference management in Vienna, specialising in the medical sector. Her role comprises a wide range of different tasks – from project and participant management and organising speakers to scientific programme management and staff planning. “I can see myself building a career in this industry. Spending some time abroad again in the future is still an option,” explains the Tourism and Leisure Management graduate.

The memories of studying abroad during her degree are still very fresh and were personal highlights: “Living, studying and working in another country is always a great new experience. You meet and get to know new people, you’re exposed to different cultures and you adapt the way you live. You have to overcome challenges that you never expected.”

Verena specialised in cultural tourism and meetings and events on her degree programme. These specialisms and the practical experience she built up during her internships helped her to take the first step on the career ladder, and her job also provides plenty of opportunities to make use of the things she learnt at university.

She highly recommends the Tourism and Leisure Management programme: “Firstly, because of the location. The Piaristengasse site is absolutely beautiful and Krems is a great student town. Secondly, the lecturers take a personal interest in the students – you’re not just a number. The degree is a very valuable experience, personally as well as professionally. IMC Krems has a large alumni network and an excellent reputation. The strong international focus of its programmes opens lots of doors.”

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