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Student Story: Languages make it possible to work worldwide

A look behind the scenes of our bachelor degree programme Tourism and Leisure Management

Vienna-born Michael Abzalov grew up trilingually because his father is Russian, his mother Hungarian, and his home town is Vienna. Michael worked as a professional ballet dancer during the last six years. Now he starts his studies in Tourism and Leisure Management in Krems.

Michael has found his passion in event management.

Michael has found his passion in event management.

I was the first Austrian to complete the ballet education at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. So far, I have lived three years in Moscow, one year is Lisbon and four years in Bratislava. However, I have decided to retire early as a dancer and study in Austria. This is where I love to be; Austria feels like home to me.

Event management is what I love to do

In addition to ballet, event management aroused my interest already during my school time, when I worked for a company that organises events on a worldwide basis. My job at the Champions League Final 2013 in London was a life-changing experience. I had a management position in catering – a unique experience. What I like most about event management is to coordinate the work of various people involved – from caterers to florists. Meanwhile I have started to work for an event company again.

Gaining the necessary expertise

During my studies I expect to learn the basics and to gain the necessary expertise for my profession. What I found most appealing is that the tourism programme is offered in English. This will enable me to work in event management worldwide. In addition, I can gain competence in fields such as marketing, accounting or even soft skills.

Studying part-time

My employer and I have agreed that I will study on a part-time basis. This is no problem at all because in the event business my working hours are very flexible. My family fully understands my decision to study because I am already working in the event business. I am sure that event management is the right business for me. However, I am not fixed on a certain subject area.

My tip

After your school-leaving examination really think twice about whether you are passionate about what you do. If you enjoy your work, it is less exhausting, and you will cope much better with stress.

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