EHLfamily: 1979, The SIMPA Office

EHL Alumni | 27 May, 2016

In 1979, in order to respond to the increasing need for help in young graduates' and alumni's job search, a new concept was created: the SIMPA office, the Information Service for Alumni Placement.

Maya Bovon (EHL 1958), which many alumni have met during her 24 years of employment at EHL, was hired on Aug. 31, 1979 as secretary of SIMPA, working Tuesday and Thursday mornings. She was appointed head of SIMPA services in the 1980s, then appointed Executive Assistant in charge of SIMPA in the 90s.

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At the beginning of the placement service, in 1979, employers would pay a CHF 50 vfee and candidates a CHF 30 fee to be added to the official register for a year.

The first job offers published in "la Marmite" would include:

  • A General Manager position for a 3* hotel in Cairo, Egypt
  • Hotel staff for a 160-rooms 5* hotel and a 130-rooms 4* hotel being built in Casablanca, Morocco
  • A “Number two” position for a famous Parisian Caterer

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The office's main activities were alumni job placement, creating stands to represent the school abroad, and the organization of an "Employment meeting" twice a year to welcome employers recruiting future hospitality talents on campus. The computerization of the "after sales service", career and employment activities and the organization of Open Days were gradually added to its duties.

The SIMPA website, was an exclusive platform for jobs, targeting EHL alumni. The service was paying and later free for members.

Today, a single website lists offers for internships and jobs: jobs.ehl.ch and uploading job offers is free, except for placement agencies.

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