Eighty percent of Vateliens work in the Hospitality-Tourism fields for their entire careers. Some of them though, likeJean-Baptiste Karsenty, decide to work in a different field altogether.
Jean-Baptiste founded his web communication and advertising agency in 2005 in Meribel, in the French Alps. He decided to name it “La Mobylette Jaune” [The Yellow Scooter] in memory of the many hours he spent working in a garage before purchasing his own facility. Just like Steve Jobs.
So here’s the Success Story of this Vatel Lyon 1998 alumnus. He’ll tell us about why he chose Vatel, his internships, his first jobs in hotel management, why he changed careers and how being a Vatelien helped him found his own company.
Jean-Baptiste, why did you decide to attend Vatel?
Because it was logical. I wanted to attend classes that would allow me to land jobs where I could travel and do lots of different things. Vatel, in my opinion, was the school that would open these gates for me. At that time, in hotel and tourism management, I saw a lot of different jobs that would allow me to fulfill this dream and be totally independent.
What internships did you do while you were in school? What jobs did you have?
My first one was at the four-star Voile d’Or Hotel in St Jean Cap Ferrat: two months in the kitchen and two in the restaurant.The second and third were in the same place, in England, at the five-star Danesfield House. This double experience was a very rewarding one because my first job was as a housekeeping assistant, then the deputy manager in the bar and at the front desk. A very complete internship in the entire hotel.
And finally, when I finished my third year internship, the same hotel hired me and little by little I was promoted until I managed the hotel. A long climb up the corporate ladder when you know I started as an assistant trainee!
What kind of opportunities have you had since you graduated up until you created your web company?
I met my wife in England in this hotel. She’s from Meribel in the French Savoy region and she persuaded me to come back from England to her home town in the mountains. There, I worked for six more years in hospitality as the Assistant Manager in small hotels in Meribel. And it was just a chance meeting with one of my wife’s childhood friends in 2005 that I decided to work with Internet. It was almost back to base one, as I had to learn just about everything, except for the solid management fundamentals that I had learned at Vatel.
How was La Mobylette Jaune founded? Can you please tell us a bit about your Web agency?
As the legend goes, La Mobylette Jaune was founded in a garage shared by two friends who loved Internet. I would say that it was more a human adventure than a desire to go into business. We started out with next to nothing: two wooden shelves and two computers. I kept on working as the assistant manager in a hotel for a year to be able to launch the company correctly, and after 14 months, I decided to quit working in the hospitality field.
Today our agency has grown and now employs five people all year round, which is quite rare in mountain ski resorts. We work with large groups, which will allow us to think about a national expansion in the next few years.
What memories do you have of the years you spent at Vatel? How did your Vatelien profile help you found your company?
I’ve only got good memories of the time I spent at Vatel. Like I said before, sound management fundamentals really helped me found my own company, because if you know how to manage a hotel, you know how to manage other kinds of companies too.
What are you short, mid and long-term projects?
I’ve achieved two of my childhood dreams. First, working in hospitality and second, I wanted to create advertising content.Vatel helped me fulfill my first dream and today, I’m living my second one with my job in communication and advertising.
It will soon be my tenth anniversary in my new career. In the short term, La Mobylette Jaune will continue to grow and open new agencies in other ski resorts in the Alps. In the mid or long term, I’ve already had offers to restart my first career, in hospitality and tourism management. But, who knows? The future’s not ours to see.
VATEL Group, specialized in teaching Hospitality and Tourism Management, is proud to announce the nomination of Karine Sebban-Benzazon as CEO of our Group.Read more
Engagement actif de Mr Azema dans la lutte contre la drogue à travers des formations et de la sensibilisation!Read more
Rejoignez Vatel au Caudan Arts Centre le 1er et 2 septembre !Read more
Rejoignez-nous au SVICC du 25 au 27 Aout - Salon Prêt à Partir avec Vatel Mauritius !Read more
Realising your career aspirations has never been closer to home. Your bright future awaits now at Pierrefonds Campus, an inclusive lifestyle student experience to make you thrive within a supportive, green and diverse learning environment.Read more
Becoming a chef cannot be improvised.Read more
Vatel Business School enables young entrepreneurs to live their passion.Read more
After Covid and despite the postponement of the HSC exams, we are relaunching the Vatel Quiz Inter Collèges.Read more
My journey at Vatel Mauritius started back in 2017 as a novice in hotel industry. As I went around and kept discovering the hotel operations and the industry - my path at Vatel rhymed with an overall reassessment of myself.Read more
Passionate about travel, gastronomy and new encounters, I have naturally focused on the hotel industry. The perfect balance between studies and practical internships is what attracted me to this institution.Read more
I am 26 years old and a Alumni at Vatel Mauritius, I studied in culinary arts in Perth and I’ve worked in fine dining establishments such as ascot Perth racing, Crown Perth, bistro 2I, silk road, Bentley pines restaurantRead more
A soul of hospitality and a heart of humanity is a house full of love, growth and peace. I have always been passionate about the hospitality industry and to be a Rooms Division Director is a dream that I have been carving for years.Read more
I have always been attracted by the hospitality industry since a young age. I decided to pursue my studies in this proactive sector as I know it would allow me to meet new people every day and learn about new cultures to open myself to the world.Read more
More and more human communities consider ecotourism to be a solution that promotes their way of life, and preserves their culture and biodiversity surrounding them.Read more
Martin Rousset, a Vatel Nimes student, flew to Antananarivo for Vatel Madagascar’s specialization in ecotourism management for his last MBA year.Read more
The tourism sector, one that now attracts millions of young students throughout the world, is in tune with globalizationthat is currently being overturned by inequalities and environmental threats.Read more
Vatel Rwanda started in 2016, we began to prepare the first intake for 2018, headed by Nicole Bamukunde, a Rwandese graduate of Vatel, and who has worked in startups in her country, which is totally renewing itself.Read more
This last week of November, 339 5th year students competed in English for 1st place on the podium.Read more
Hi everyone. I am Ganeshwaree Sumbhoo, a third-year middler at Vatel Business School Mauritius. I am someone pretty positive about every aspect of life.Read more
Sister beauties are a rare find in the fashion industry, more so with wit and intelligence. This week, our "we are" series gets bolstered up by the appearances of model siblings - Anaïs and Felicia Lagrosse, both from Vatel Business School Mauritius.Read more
Hello everyone. I am Yashil Naga, a first-year junior at Vatel Business School Mauritius. I am particularly thankful to the editorial team of 'The Vatelian' for this marvellous opportunity given to share a few words with you all.Read more
Blessed are those students who earn themselves an internship not only challenging but inspiring. Whilst, on a roll and enviable, are those who get the possibility to learn and evolve alongside their revered mentor.Read more
Vincent Berthelot, just another third-year middler of ours, is no brick-and-mortar retailer. Yet, contrary to others, he already aces his line of production founded only last April.Read more
Hello, world! I’m Shania Rampersad, a third-year middler at Vatel Business School Mauritius. Join me as I describe my experience as a Vatel student, how I was open to a rich and thriving journey full of challenges and opportunities so far.Read more
Generous, lively, charming, bright.. we might probably run out of superlatives to best describe the soul about to come to light.Read more
Hello. I am Zubeir Burkutally, a third-year bachelor degree senior at Vatel Business School Mauritius.Read more
There's Nicolas Quin, an 18" BA/ MBA alumnus of French origin; then there's Luvesh Dhurmea, a fourth-year senior from Mauritius itself.Read more
Deux semaines après que l'Université ait annoncé que le personnel non-enseignant pouvait se présenter au bureau, les autorités locales ont decrété l'état d'urgence suite aux conditions météorologiques défavorables qui prévalaient alors depuis mercredRead more
Some 110 students will start university term as from Monday 19th April 2021 and would return to campus for face-to-face learning sessions, as guidance from local authorities allows…Read more
Since December 2020, Vatel Business school Mauritius has launched a new concept called "Be our guest".Read more