As the world continues to see shifts in technology and business, more students are looking at nontraditional education to prepare them for their future as entrepreneurs. Alternative schools offer them the chance to study in small environments that cater to their interests and teach real-life lessons that textbooks don’t always provide. Here are living testimonies to targeted entrepreneurial education.
Managing director of COVA Tapas Y Sangria School: Enderun Graduated: 2010
With a degree in Hotel Administration and another one in Culinary Arts both from Enderun Colleges, it was only a matter of time before Tatyana Guevara, 25, created something that was both homey and appetizing. Catalan for “cave,” COVA is a modern tapas bar inspired by Guevara’s internship in Barcelona, Spain with Patrick Hesse—her future business partner—in order to complete their culinary degrees. “We wanted COVA to be an intimate place for family and friends that best exemplified the modern Spanish tapas bar,” Guevara says.
The 160 square meter space restaurant on Jupiter Street in Makati City opened in January this year and, to Guevara’s satisfaction, has enjoyed stable success so far. “Profitability has rapidly increased since we first launched and we haven’t even experienced the Christmas season yet,” says the Enderun grad.
“I grew up with food,” Guevara shares. “My family and I love to eat, so it was natural for me to take the path of hospitality management and culinary arts.” After touring the Enderun campus in Taguig City “I instantly loved the place. I knew I wanted to be in a school that really looked like they meant ‘redefining higher education.’”
And that meant “doing” as much as learning. “Enderun made sure that we received a taste of the real world in our classes and activities. In COVA, I do accounting, finance, and kitchen and bar management on a daily basis—all these things remind me of what I used to do in school.”
While still learning the ropes of managing a restaurant and taking charge of the people, Guevara credits her training to her growth. “They said that experience would still be the best teacher. They prepared me enough to face problems, fix them, and recover quickly.”
Campus: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Named after the famed school founded by the Ottoman Empire that produced future leaders, Enderun Colleges offers a range of courses focused on hospitality and business. It was founded in 2005 by some of the country’s finest business experts and “cultivates entrepreneurial values, passion, and real-world interpersonal skills.” One of the school’s most notable offerings is its partnership with Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, which allows qualified students to continue their education in Europe, studying in Switzerland (Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management) or Spain (Bachelor of Business Management in Hospitality).