23 22 In the pursuit of higher education, students often find themselves at a crossroads, torn between the desire for theoretical knowledge and the practical skills that future employers demand. Why choose when you can do both? SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern - one of the two original hotel management schools in Switzerland - has successfully integrated hands-on experiences and practical internships into their curriculum since its beginnings in 1909. It offers its students a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap between academic skills and practical exposure - and thus greater employability after graduation. Let’s explore the importance of gaining practical work experience during your studies, focusing on the practice-oriented approach taken by SHL in Switzerland.