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Utkarsh Phooli (1st Year) | MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI)

Previous studies:
BA (Hons.) in Hotel Management - University of Huddersfield (Obtained at IHM – Aurangabad)

Spoken languages:
English and Hindi

Hello and Welcome to IHMI!

My name is Utkarsh and I am currently an international first-year student enrolled in the MSc in Hospitality Management Program (IHMI) at ESSEC Business School. I am following the internship track and would be glad to help you with any questions you might have. First, let me tell you something about myself.

Hospitality was not my first choice for a career field but I am so glad I decided to go with it. After my high school, I decided to pursue Hotel Management at IHM Aurangabad, affiliated to the University of Huddersfield. In the four years there, I found my passion for Revenue Management and Data Analysis. I completed a yearlong internship at the Corporate Office of the Indian Hotels Company Limited in Mumbai in the Revenue Management function and also successfully completed the Hotelier Development Program as a Management Trainee specialising in Hotel Revenue Management.

Before coming to IMHI, I was working as the Assistant Revenue Manager at The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and was looking to find ways to fast track my career growth. After extensive research on all the programs offered around the world, my search led me to IHMI, one of the best hospitality programs in the world! Once I made the decision to join IHMI, there was no looking back. My time here has been great. From experienced faculty to caring friends, I have found it all. Being an international student, I came here with a lot of anxieties about the lifestyle, food, language, friends, expenses, accommodation and so on but with the help of my new friends and the people at the institute, I have not only found the solutions to my worries but have also enjoyed each and every second of the journey as I explore the rich French culture.

At ESSEC Business School, we have a motto; “Enlighten. Lead. Change.” By choosing ESSEC, many of you will start your journey to become a highly successful individual in the hospitality industry. However, success is not where ESSEC stops. Your time here will groom you to become a Global Leader, an Innovator, a Change Agent and so much more. You will gain rich experiences that will prepare you to pass every obstacle with flying colours and positively impact the lives around you. What’s more? You will join the Alumni network consisting of some of the world’s best hospitality personalities who would love to help you in your journey to become one.

So, are you ready to embark on this new journey? My journey started with me reaching out to people to gather information and I would love to return the favour. In case you have questions about the program, the lifestyle, processes and administrative details or anything else, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to help you to the best of my abilities.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully helping you take your first steps towards the beautiful journey that awaits you at ESSEC!

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