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Still deciding where to enrol in 2021? Ask your provider these questions!

Posted on 14/01/2021 by

Still deciding where to enrol for distance learning in 2021? Here are the top questions to ask providers.

As we begin the new year, there are countless would-be students around the country wondering where they should enroll. Which provider will offer the best education? The best stepping stone into the industry of their dreams?

It can be a challenging decision, and one that only you can make. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve put together our list of the most important questions to ask your potential providers. Their answers should help you to make your decision!

Here are our 9 top questions, and the answers you’ll get from Study From Home!

What relationship does the provider have with their industry?

Study From Home works closely with employers from the airline, aviation, travel and tourism industries. We meet with our Industry Advisory Board 3-4 times a year to ensure our courses are well-aligned with industry requirements.

Our industry connections ensure that our graduates have the most up-to-date range of practical skills, knowledge, and technical abilities needed for their new career.

What happens at the end of your studies?

Towards the end of their studies, our students have access to extensive careers training which will prepare them for interviews and employment. They will have meetings with their online tutors to discuss making those plans a reality.

What job placement opportunities and careers preparation do they offer?

We have two dedicated employment consultants who focus on helping students to find placements in the industry. Both Sarndra and Nicky help Study From Home students and graduates gain employment in the airline, travel and tourism workforce. This is true whether you’ve just graduated, or are looking for a new job years after graduation.

They do this by:

  • Assisting with the final check of students’ CVs
  • Assisting with interview preparation
  • Helping students find part-time employment during study
  • Informing students about work experience and volunteer opportunities
  • Instilling and inspiring good work ethic values
  • Providing support, encouragement, and HR advice


What is the experience or background of the tutors who teach students?

The tutorial team is hand-picked for their extensive travel industry experience within New Zealand and overseas. They offer a real depth of skill and expertise and their strong industry knowledge makes them a valuable resource for students.

In fact, our tutors need to have at least 3 years previous experience in a travel and tourism role prior to being employed. This means you know what we deliver is from our own experience and not just from a text book.

Are the courses recognised overseas and in NZ?

Study From Home is registered and accredited with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Category 1 provider, the International Air Transport Association (IATA/UFTAA), Amadeus and Ready To Check In. All our courses are approved for student loans and allowances with the Ministry of Education and recognised and approved for student visas with the New Zealand Immigration Service.

We are also proud to be a selected member of Quality Education (winners of 4 ST Star Awards for ‘School Association’). Based in the UK, Quality Education is a brand that brings together a selection of the very best independent English language schools and colleges from around the world. Quality Education schools/colleges are regularly evaluated and monitored to ensure the highest quality is maintained.

What are some of the success stories of your previous students?

We love to stay in touch with past graduates, and we often hear about some of their success stories.

In fact, we tend to share these stories on our blog, so you can check out what some of our graduates are up to now!

What exposure to the industry does the provider give you during your studies?

Study From Home holds regular Industry Expos and presents videos of our guest speakers from a variety of industry businesses. These employers are invited to speak to the students and give them an insight to possible career paths, and these events are an excellent networking opportunity for our students and often lead to work experience placements.

We have also teamed up with IEP Working Holidays to help facilitate international exchanges for students to gain experience in the hospitality industry. Participants on the Work USA 12 month program will work at The Broadmoor five-star AAA Five-Diamond resort in Colorado Springs.

What makes you different?

When you are a part of the Study From Home family at ITC, you’ll notice something special about us. Here you’ll not only find a comfortable learning environment, but something more. You’ll find a spirit of warmth and friendliness, a positive attitude that is shared by everyone and a sense of achievement and professionalism between staff and students. Even though our students are online, they are able to reach out to our expert tutors for support and assistance whenever needed.

We have tutors from the industry, an outstanding relationship with employers in our industry, and employment consultants that work full-time to assist students with gaining work experience through part-time work whilst studying, and employment once graduated.

Our industry connections ensure that graduates have the most up-to-date range of practical skills, knowledge and technical abilities needed for their new career.

It’s more than a qualification to us. We want our students to reach their career goals and we support that journey from the moment they enquire about our courses. We regularly meet as a team to always strive to ensure we are doing the very best for our students and staff.

Have you achieved recognition or awards?

As multiple winners of the New Zealand Tourism Award, including the prestigious Distinction Award, ITC truly is a leader in its field. The college is consistently recognised for excellence in its field through awards, a true testament to the quality of the courses and the skill of the tutors.

“We enter awards to demonstrate to our students and industry partners that we are confident in our ability to achieve excellence and that we are prepared to be judged,” says Chief Executive, Claire Huxley.

“Going through the awards entry process is incredibly valuable. We put our business under the microscope and identify where we are excelling and where we can make improvements. And most importantly, entering awards allows us to prove that we are the best at what we do.”

 

If you have any further questions of your own, don’t hesitate to reach out today!

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

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Meet graduate Aishwarya Rangarajan: A sparkling career in travel and tourism

Posted on 06/01/2021 by

Graduate Aishwarya Rangarajan is enjoying an exciting career in travel and tourism.

We’re welcoming in a bright new year at Study From Home, and what better way to do that than with an interview with a past graduate?

Aishwarya Rangarajan graduated with ITC back in 2008, and has since found a sparkling career in travel and tourism. We love hearing about our incredible graduates and keeping in touch as they make waves in the industry in in New Zealand and around the world.

Here’s a little more about Aish’s time studying travel and tourism, what she’s doing now, and her advice for current students.

What is your current role and how is it going?

I am currently working as a New Zealand Sales Executive for Qatar Airways. In a nutshell, it’s an account manager role which is extremely exciting as I deal with New Zealand travel agents from all brands and all walks of life, helping them promote and sell Qatar Airways as a number one choice of airline for all customers travelling to predominantly Europe and Africa. It’s a very rewarding role and I love it. Through work, I have travelled to many exciting destinations which I probably wouldn’t have otherwise such as Qatar, Hungary, Austria, Melbourne, Germany, Netherlands, Wales, Ireland just to name a few.. and in Business Class!

What made you decide to study travel and tourism?

I was always very interested in Tourism since high school and was openly looking for options where I can further that interest but didn’t want to get stuck being amongst 300 students. I came across ITC, thoroughly researched everything they offered and felt they stood out from the rest, so I decided to give it a go and attend. ITC provided the support the students needed to excel and I really feel they genuinely care.

How did our courses prepare you for your career?

ITC was a great stepping stone into Travel and Tourism that gave an outlook on what to expect in many aspects of the tourism industry in New Zealand and abroad. It provided me with basic skills which high school didn’t teach at the time which was customer service, team work, presentation skills and boosts confidence level as you learn to work with people from all cultures.

Graduate Aishwarya Rangarajan is enjoying a fantastic career in travel and tourism.

Do you have any advice for current students?

Find a job as soon as possible (within the industry if you can) while you study – even if it is temporary, voluntary or an internship!!! I cannot emphasise on this enough. No job is big or small as all of them with entail some skills you will use once you graduate and will stand you out from the rest when employers begin to look for ideal candidates to join them. Often students will expect to come out of a college or a university and wonder why it’s taking them so long to find a job in the industry.

When I started studying, I found a job as a customer service agent for InterCity Coachlines (now called the Entrada Group) selling domestic tours, and transfer tickets. The employer explained to me that she hired me because not only was I studying but I was already working at Hells Pizza and McDonalds prior to that which showed that I had transferrable skills such as Customer Service, Multi-tasking ability, Cash Handling and will soon have the tourism knowledge through the course I was studying. It stood me out from someone who was applying with no work experience at all. So please, find a job (trust me on this).

How do you think the industry will recover in the coming months/years?

NZ is working on some travel bubbles in the next couple of months. Everyone is making an effort to make the travel bubble open soon as possible. Airlines have started flying back to New Zealand and domestic tourism is now stronger than it’s ever been with more Kiwis exploring their own backyards than ever before. Although a long recovery journey – there is definitely a glimmer of hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

What are your future career plans/goals?

My career plan is to continue working and growing in this industry – and when opportunity arises, I would like to eventually become a mentor / tutor at a travel college so I can share my experience, knowledge in order to help more students prepare, grow and have an exciting career as I have in the travel industry.

 

If you can see yourself following in Aishwarya’s footsteps and entering the world of travel and tourism, consider enrolling with SFH. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

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The most frequently asked questions about Study From Home

Posted on 08/12/2020 by

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Study From Home – and the answers!

Study From Home is a wonderful option for distance learning in New Zealand. We offer courses on travel, tourism, and aviation that provide the skills, knowledge, and qualifications you’ll need to work in the industry both here in New Zealand and around the world.

Our course options cover levels 3, 4, and 5, and all of them can be completed online, allowing students to sign up no matter where they are located in the country.

Naturally, if you’re considering signing up with Study From Home, you might have questions about the courses, the commitment, the work, and everything in between. That’s why we’ve collated a list of our most frequently asked questions and have answered them for you here.

If you can’t find your question below, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page, or send us a message via Facebook. There are no stupid questions, so get in touch!

Can I enrol with Study From Home if I have a full-time job?

Yes! You can choose to study part-time or full-time with Study From Home, so if you already have a full-time job, you can study with us part-time as well. You will be expected to commit to 15 hours per week of study, which you can do during the evenings and weekends whenever suits you.

Do I have to log on at a particular time?

No. SFH is completely flexible in the fact that you set your own timetable for when you want to study. It is a course that is completely tailored to the individual student around their study times.

Are all my assessments essays?

No. Study From Home incorporates many assessment styles to ensure students are tested in ways that actually relate to the jobs in the industry. There is a mixture of written assessments, roleplays both via phone and video, online quiz assessments, and group Zoom assessments.

Is there any tutor help?

Definitely. There is a team of dedicated tutors available online, via email and phone Monday to Friday. All have industry experience and can draw upon their own work and knowledge.

How many hours a week do I need to study?

Study hours are based on your type of enrolment. Study From Home offers both part time and full time study options, and hours will range from 15-25 hours a week.

What happens if I don’t have a computer?

You absolutely must have your own personal laptop or computer before you enrol. If you currently share one with the family, you will need to ensure you obtain a laptop or computer of your own. This is because you will need to use it regularly for your studies.

I am worried I will fail.

The tutor team is here to help. You won’t fail – you will be given an opportunity to gain further understanding with tutorial explanations and guidance.

I have fallen behind.

The tutors will work with you to catch you up and get you back on track.

Can I do more studies than required and set out each week?

Yes. Once you are enrolled, you will have full access to the course page so you can move through quicker than is set out in your individualised study plan if you prefer.

I can’t start yet as I am going on holiday for a week.

Awesome news you are going away! We can get you a little ahead of schedule before you go away so you don’t fall behind when you return.

I know I love travel and tourism but don’t know what job I want to do. Can I still do the course?

Definitely! Lots of people are not 100% certain of what they want to do in the industry but know that this is an industry that excites them. While on the course you will find yourself exposed to the many different jobs in the industry, which will help you decide along the way. You will also realise that your qualification means you won’t only have a qualification for one job, but for the whole industry. Your skills will be able to be transferred to other areas of the industry.

The industry is non-existent at the moment so I probably won’t get a job.

Not true. While our borders remain closed into New Zealand, New Zealand’s domestic tourism market has never been busier! ITC has two career consultants that work with you to help you gain employment in the industry. We are also very lucky to have such close relationships within the industry, so tourism providers often come to us directly looking for graduates from ITC to join their teams.

I never studied travel or tourism at school, does this mean I can’t study it now?

You most definitely can. It is not a pre-requisite to have studied it before.

On what dates do Study From Home courses start throughout the year?

Study From Home offers ‘rolling start dates’ for maximum student flexibility and convenience. This means that students can begin their course on any Monday throughout the year.

Where are you located?

Study From Home is online, but our sister company, the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has locations in centres throughout the country, so you can visit a campus at any time if you wish to speak to a tutor in person. You’ll find our campus locations here.

How do I enrol?

Enrolment with Study From Home is a straight-forward process. Start by getting in touch with us to let us know you’re interested, then fill out the entry profile we send you. We’ll set up an information session where you can ask any questions and we’ll talk you through our course options and how it all works, then we’ll confirm your place. You can read more about the full Study From Home enrolment process here.

 How much does Study From Home cost?

Different Study From Home courses have different fees. You can find the costs for each one by visiting our Course Overview page, then clicking the ‘Find out more’ button for each page. The costs are at the bottom right of the page under ‘course fees’.

 How do I find my NSN number?

Study From Home is an affiliated Fees Free provider, which means that our courses are covered by the Fees Free initiative. To find out if you are eligible for the Fees Free initiative, you will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN) into the Fees Free website. If you are unsure about your NSN number, you can either ask your current school, or contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to track it down.

If you’re ready to enrol or have any further questions for us, use the details below to get in touch.

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

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How to enrol with Study From Home

Posted on 01/12/2020 by

Looking to enrol with Study From Home? Here’s how it all works!

It’s the end of the year, which is an exciting time when we can look ahead and consider what’s in store for 2021. For many students leaving high school, and for many adult learners looking to get back into study or retrain, that might mean enrolling with Study From Home.

If you’ve taken a look at the wonderful training and opportunities Study From Home offers, now’s the time to begin the enrolment process.

Here’s how it all works!

Get in touch

To get started, simply get in touch. You can call us directly for free on 0800 868 747 or reach out on our contact page.

You’re welcome to ask questions at any point, but the main purpose of this initial stage is to set up an Information Session where we can run you through the course information, how Study From Home Works, and everything else you’ll need to know about studying with us.

We’ll arrange a time for a call that suits you, and I’ll send you an Entry Profile link.

Fill in the Entry Profile

An Entry Profile is a set of questions we ask of all of our prospective students. This lets us know a little more about you, such as your current skillsets, work history, and study history.

This is definitely not a test of any kind, and you can do it from home at your own pace. We do ask that you complete this profile prior to your Information Session, as it lets us tailor the session to your needs and interests, and saves time in the session itself.

Take your Information Session

An Information Session is your chance to ask all the questions you’re curious about, and chat to a Course Advisor who can talk you through all of the options available to Study From Home students.

You’re welcome to have a parent or two on the call with you if they have questions or would like to hear more about the course, and you can expect this session to last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many questions you have!

We’ll cover the length of the courses, how many units each one is worth, and what your day-to-day study schedule might be like that you would need to do from home. We’ll chat about the great opportunities that will be available to you with our qualifications, and about the support we offer our students long after they graduate.

For example, as a Study From Home student, you’ll do a minimum of 15 hours of study each week. You’ll also have dedicated tutors who will support you every step of the way, so you won’t feel alone in your work.

Assessments can take place over the phone and as role plays with tutors, so it won’t all be paper-based, either. However, you must have your own laptop or computer to enrol (rather than a shared family computer, for example).

If you would prefer to attend an Information Session in person and are able to visit one of our International Travel College campuses, you’d be more than welcome to do that instead.

And of course, this Information Session does not mean you are obliged to enrol. You can take your time and consider your options before taking the next step.

We confirm your place with Study From Home

Within 48 hours following your Information Session, we’ll let you know if you have a place with Study From Home.

Once your spot is confirmed, we’ll send you the official paperwork. This will include a confirmation letter, an invoice for the fees, and some quick paperwork for you to fill out.

Keep in mind, Study From Home is part of the Fees Free initiative, so many students can study with us for free. If you are not eligible, we can help you apply for a Study Link loan to cover the costs.

What happens if you don’t have enough level 2 credits?

The courses available with Study From Home cover levels 3, 4, and 5, which means that you must have passed level 2 in high school. If you haven’t reached that mark, there are still options available to you.

For example, we can refer you to Target, a New Zealand organisation that offers free courses that can help to bridge the gap and gain your NCEA levels so you can enrol with SFH.

If you are not far away from passing level 2, be sure to get in touch for a chat. For 2020 students in particular, we understand it has been a difficult year for everyone, and we’d love to work with you to help you study with us.

What happens after Study From Home?

 The biggest reason anyone signs up with Study From Home is for the wonderful career opportunities it brings.

The skills you learn are highly transferable, and will be in high demand both here and overseas by the time you graduate. We have numerous close contacts in the local tourism industry, and our graduates have become highly regarded across New Zealand, which is why they are often snapped up soon after graduation.

Here’s just one of our wonderful reviews from recent Study From Home graduate, Bria Walsh, who is currently working as a full-time receptionist at a 4-star hotel/motel on the West Coast:

“Studying whilst being able to work Full Time is definitely challenging, although knowing the outcome I’ll receive becomes very motivating to either research towards or answer at least one question a day. Being able to Study From Home is very relaxing as you don’t need to study set times of the day, you are able to study in your free time.”

We also offer ongoing career support after you graduate, and we stay in touch with our students for years after you leave. If you have any further questions or are ready to enrol, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

 

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The tourism industry needs you

Posted on 26/11/2020 by

The tourism industry is crying out for skilled and qualified staff. Right now is the perfect time to enrol with Study From Home and start an exciting career in the industry.

This is a message for anyone who is considering studying for a career in travel, tourism, or aviation in 2021.

We need you!

Or more specifically, the industry needs you!

Why the tourism industry is crying out for skilled staff

It has certainly been a tough year for everyone, the tourism industry perhaps most of all. However, we’re already seeing an increase in domestic tourism, and with so much positive news surrounding covid-19 vaccines, it seems highly likely that international tourism will soon be back on the cards as well.

Yet even more importantly, local tourism providers were already struggling to find enough skilled staff to fill positions even before the border was closed. Now, as migrant workers have largely returned to their home countries, and as no visa holders are allowed to enter New Zealand and take up roles, travel and tourism providers around the country are more desperate than ever.

In a recent press release from the Tourism Industry Association (TIA), it was revealed that 45% of industry employers have found it difficult to find suitable candidates.

We recently reached out to our friends in the tourism industry to be a part of our ‘We Need You’ campaign. They were more than willing to help us share the message with you all that in fact, we need you to help us fill the employment shortage in our growing industry.

What’s next for New Zealand tourism

In a normal year, domestic tourism accounts for approximately 60% of New Zealand’s total tourism revenue. As Kiwis turn to their own backyard for holidays this year and over the coming months, it is expected that the usual domestic spend will increase drastically.

Not to mention, there is still hope for a travel bubble to open between Australia and New Zealand. If – and perhaps when – that happens, that would mean opening the borders to our largest offshore market. Australia represents almost half of all our international market, and brought in over 1.5 million arrivals in 2019 – how many more will come if New Zealand is the only international destination available?

The new tourism environment will likely lean heavily on employing local workers that have been trained here in New Zealand, already have their industry qualifications, and are ready to get started.

Between the increasing demand for tourism and the notable lack of skilled workers to take up those roles, there has never been a better time to start studying for a career in the industry.

Studying tourism and travel with Study From Home

Study From Home (SFH) is a premium supplier of level 3, 4, and 5 courses in the travel, tourism, and aviation industries.

Our students learn invaluable transferable skills specifically for the industry, which they can put to use here in New Zealand or take with them around the world. At SFH, our tutors have all worked in the industry, and we maintain many strong connections with local tourism providers.

In fact, SFH has created such a reputation for producing skilled and passionate graduates, that our students are always in demand from industry employers.

In addition, our strong focus on employment preparation and career guidance means that graduates are work-ready on course completion, and in many cases, already have job offers from employers through our career expos, industry networking events, and the sector-wide recruitment services made available to employers.

By studying in 2021, students will graduate in 12-18 months, at which point the industry could be even more exciting, and when it will likely look very different than what it does right now.

With our qualifications, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce at the exact moment the global travel industry is once again kicking off – and in genuine need of qualified workers who love to travel, meet people, and enjoy new experiences.

Could that be you?

Learn more about our 2021 courses and get in touch to kick start an exciting and rewarding career in tourism, travel, and aviation.

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

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How to Study From Home for FREE

Posted on 12/11/2020 by

The Fees Free initiative allows many students to enrol with Study From Home for free.

Did you know that you can enrol with the International Travel College (ITC), and complete your course with distance learning for free?

The New Zealand Fees Free initiative allows many students to study for free, even if it’s been a while since you left school, or if you are distance learning with Study From Home.

Here’s a little more about the initiative, which courses you can enrol in with Study From Home, and how to claim your free study!

What is the Fees Free initiative?

The Fees Free initiative is a relatively new New Zealand government scheme that allows students to study for free for one year, or claim two years of free training.

This means that the government will pay your tuition costs for a year, greatly reducing the cost of study for some students, and completely covering it for others.

Am I eligible to study for free with the Fees Free initiative?  

Many students are surprised to learn that they are eligible for the Fees Free initiative as they might have left school years ago, or are planning to study from home instead of at a college or university.

It is likely that you are eligible for Fees Free if this will be your first year of tertiary study after high school, regardless of when you left high school. Also, there aren’t any age limits on the initiative, so it’s ideal for those looking to return to study.

There are certain restrictions around where you can study, as not all training institutions are included in the initiative. The good news is that ITC is an affiliated provider, so courses – even if you choose Study From Home – are part of the initiative.

Keep in mind that Fees Free also only applies to Level 3 study and above, which is essentially any post-secondary school programme.

You can learn more about the Fees Free eligibility criteria on the official website here.

Study From Home with the Fees Free initiative

There are numerous courses available with ITC via Study From Home that you can take for free.

These include:

 

All of these courses are Level 3 or above, meaning they are all eligible for the Fees Free initiative. Importantly, they all also offer important skills and knowledge for students looking to find careers in the travel, tourism, and aviation industries.

If you do find that you are not eligible to apply for the Fees Free initiative, keep in mind that you can still study with us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is more than happy to help you apply for a StudyLink loan that can lend you the funds to take the course of your choosing and invest in your future.

What our Study From Home tutors think of the Fees Free initiative

We asked Lynelle Panton, one of our wonderful Study From Home tutors, what she thought about the initiative and how it helps distance learning students.

“Many people would love to study, but for various reasons such as family commitments or work, they simply can’t. Study From Home allows these people who can’t attend on-campus courses the ability to achieve their goals of furthering their education in an industry they are passionate about. We have now been able to tie this in with Fees Free to allow students to gain their qualification and start out in their chosen career without having a huge debt behind them.”

“This is such a huge opportunity for anyone who wants to study but couldn’t,” she explained.

How to apply for Fees Free study

Applying for Fees Free study is a simple process.

All you need to do is first check that you are eligible for the initiative by visiting the Fees Free website and entering your National Student Number (NSN). This will immediately tell you whether or not you are eligible.

If you are eligible, you simply apply to Study From Home as you would normally (by getting in touch!), and the Tertiary Education Commission will let us know that your fees will be covered, and will pay us directly for the course.

Should you have any questions at all, or if you have checked your eligibility and are ready to apply for an exciting distance learning course from Study From Home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Study From Home – college@itc.co.nz 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or https://www.studyfromhome.co.nz/contact-us/

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Study From Home success: We speak to one of the first students completing the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel online

Posted on 28/10/2020 by

Marise Barrett is one of the first students to complete the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel online.

Study From Home recently started offering the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel at level 5 on our popular Study From Home platform. It is an intensive one-year diploma that offers students the skills and knowledge they need for a general management career in the industry.

While students of ITC have been able to study this diploma for more than 15 years, it is new to Study From Home, and we have been keeping a close eye on the first group of students to work their way through this fast-paced and challenging course.

One of those students is Marise Barrett, who is currently working her way through the diploma. She has already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel (Level 4), and already has experience working in the industry.

We recently spoke to her to see how she was finding the diploma and the experience of studying from home. (more…)

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