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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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Studying from home: The best of both worlds?

Posted on 29/09/2020 by

Are you facing a difficult choice between study and work at the moment? Studying from home could offer a way forward.

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the importance of flexible working – and also the privilege of job security. 

Some young people are faced with an incredibly difficult decision: do I continue my studies, or do I get a job to support my family?

NZCity recently reported that Some senior students in South Auckland are now working to support their families – rather than returning to school after the lockdown.

This is no small or easy choice, and every family dynamic is different.

One possible solution could be studying from home. This option gives students the flexibility to work part-time and study part-time: the best of both worlds?

It certainly worked for ITC Study From Home graduate Cherie Palm.

Cherie writes: “Fantastic experience studying with ITC. I had decided to study after many years of working and needed to juggle home life and work as well. The team made this first time distance study adventure a great one! My tutor Ali was amazing, so supportive and always available if I needed to ask a question. I would definitely recommend ITC and can assure new students you will always get the best from this team!” 

ITC Study From Home offers four qualifications, all of which can be studied part-time (20 hours per week) from the comfort of home.

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

  • An excellent introduction to the travel and tourism industry
  • Strong focus on New Zealand destination geography 

 
New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation Level 3

  • Great introductory training for the aviation industry
  • Learn about flight attending, airport security, passenger handling, and more

 
New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

  • Take your tourism career to the next level
  • Learn about international tourism, as well as ticketing systems

 
New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel Level 5

  • Prepare for a management career in the tourism industry
  • Learn about marketing, strategic planning, finance, and more

 
Which qualification is right for you?

Book a free online consultation with one of our friendly team to find out and explore your options! 

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Study from home tip: Get dressed for ‘class’

Posted on 26/08/2020 by

Getting dressed is a great way to boost your productivity when studying from home.

Do you want to be as productive as possible when studying from home?

Here’s a tip: get dressed for ‘class’!

Even though you’re in the comfort of your own home, getting dressed as if you’re leaving the house can do wonders for your productivity.

Here are a few reasons why.

It’s great for your mindset

Just like getting into your PJs signals to your brain that it’s time for bed, getting dressed signals to your brain that it’s time to start your day.

Getting dressed will put you in the right frame of mind to concentrate on your studies. Save your favourite comfy clothes for when it’s time to relax. 

It helps you focus

If you sit down to study in your PJs, you might always feel like there’s ‘something else to do’ (aka shower and get dressed) – which can really mess with your ability to focus.

By getting dressed and ready for the day as soon as possible, you’ll likely be able to better focus on your studies.

It’s great for video-conferencing

Ever gone to jump on a video call, only to realise your hair’s a mess and there’s food on your shirt? 

Getting dressed as if you’re going to a real class will help you feel much more comfortable and confident if you need to do any video calling with your tutors or classmates.

It creates a boundary between study and home life

When you study from home, the lines between study and home life can get blurred. 

Setting aside a ‘study wardrobe’ and ‘weekend wardrobe’ can be one way to create better boundaries.

What to wear when studying from home

We’re not suggesting you need to go full corporate – although if that appeals, by all means, go for it!

Clean jeans and a tee are perfectly adequate. A good rule of thumb is to wear something you’d be happy to leave the house in. 

Or, if you want to have some fun, you could even rummage through your fancy dress cupboard for a day! ITC ran a ‘best dressed’ theme week during NZ’s first lockdown, which was a huge hit. Check out our Facebook page for inspiration.

If you’re looking for more advice on staying productive while studying from home, don’t hesitate to reach out to your tutors – we’re here to help.

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Introducing our new and improved Virtual Orientation program

Posted on 29/07/2020 by

Our new Orientation Program is now completely online. It’s designed to be completed over two days, and includes a ‘Virtual Meet’ with your tutor(s) and classmates.

We’re excited to unveil our new and improved Virtual Orientation program. 

Since you can now join Study From Home at any time, we have revamped our Virtual Orientation program to ensure you can get settled in quickly.

What’s changed

Before COVID-19, we hosted in-person Orientation Days in Auckland at the beginning of each new qualification. 

Our new Orientation Program is now completely online. It’s designed to be completed over two days, and includes a ‘Virtual Meet’ with your tutor(s) and classmates. 

Study From Home tutor Ali Sykes says the new virtual program is working really well so far.

“We’ve essentially created an online virtual classroom, giving students the opportunity to meet their tutor and build rapport with them, as well as meet other students starting at the same time,” Ali explains.

She adds that the new Virtual Program is far more time and cost efficient for students than the in-person Orientation Day. 

“Although our in-person Orientation Days were a lot of fun, they did often require students to travel to Auckland, which cost time and money. Now, they can meet everyone from the comfort of their own home, which is exactly what the flexibility of Study From Home is all about.” 

Ongoing community and connection

Another great thing about the new virtual Orientation Program is that once students have completed it, they are set-up to communicate with their tutors and classmates online for the duration of their course.

“The first Virtual Meet isn’t the last – once students are familiar with our online system and how it works, they can use it to connect with each other and their tutors,” says Ali.

It also means everyone is in the exact same boat. 

“With in-person Orientation, there were always a few students who couldn’t travel to Auckland, and they may have felt excluded. Our new virtual program means everyone gets off to the exact same start,” adds Ali.

Study From Home: The flexible option 

These changes to our Orientation Program have cemented Study From Home as a truly flexible study option for students all around New Zealand.

Whether you’re juggling study with work, family commitments, or live far away from campus, Study From Home offers you the flexibility to study at your own pace, from your own place.

Get in touch today to start at a time that suits you. We look forward to welcoming you in our Virtual Classroom soon!

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Why study from home? 5 compelling reasons to consider distance learning

Posted on 08/07/2020 by

Writing a pros and cons list about studying from home? Consider these five epic benefits.

Curious about the benefits of studying from home? Here are some compelling reasons to consider distance learning. 

1. Ultimate flexibility

One of the top benefits of studying from home is flexibility. Although you will have set assignments and deadlines to meet, you can study at times that suit you.

Nightowl? No worries, you can study in the evenings! Morning person? Perfect, you can study first thing. Need to fit study around childcare or part-time work? That’s an option, too.

With study from home, you can make your schedule work for you.

2. Reduced costs

Some students find they spend less money studying from home than they would if they were commuting to class every day. This is usually the case for people who live far away from campus.

You might also save money on incidental expenses you’re more likely to make when out and about, like bought lunches and coffees. 

3. Available anywhere

Our Study From Home qualifications can be completed from anywhere in New Zealand – making them an ideal option for people who live rurally or far away from public transport.

The entire course is taught online, so all you need is reliable internet access and a computer or laptop. 

4. Supportive tutors and classmates

When you Study From Home with ITC, you’ll receive support and guidance from dedicated tutors. They are available via email, phone, and active on Moodle – our study from home platform and forum.

Many students also find their classmates are incredibly supportive. Although you might not meet in-person, you can still support each other via phone and messaging, and by organising virtual study groups.

5. Exceptional qualifications

Finally, our Study From Home qualifications are industry leading. They are the same qualifications students complete on-campus, so you will receive the same premium training.

We have qualifications available at Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5, so whether you’re at the beginning of your tourism career or looking to upskill, we have an option for you.

Curious to learn more about Studying From Home? Get in touch today to speak with one of our team.

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Stuck in a study slump? 5 tips to get back on track

Posted on 24/06/2020 by

Feeling a bit off? Here are some tips to help you get back on track.

Study slumps – they happen to the best of us.

A study slump is when you may be struggling with low motivation, or finding a particular subject matter really difficult.

These slumps happen from time to time and are perfectly normal. The trick is knowing how to get out of them as quickly as possible, so you don’t fall behind.

Here are some tips for getting back on track.

1. Take a short break

Sometimes, a study slump suggests you might need to give your brain a short rest.

If you can, take a break. Step away from your study for a few hours and do something you love.

You might find a short break was all you needed to snap out of your slump and come back feeling refreshed.

2. Change your scenery

Studying from home can feel a little repetitive sometimes. Try studying from a cafe or library instead and see if that helps you feel more energised.

Even moving to a different room in your house might be enough. Could you set yourself up at the dining room table for a change? 

Experiment with different study locations and see if that helps.

3. Reach out to classmates

Send a message to some of your classmates and ask for advice. Ask if they have any great tips for staying motivated when they are struggling. 

Even though you’re studying from home, you’re not alone. Chances are, your classmates are feeling the same way as you. You can help to motivate each other.

4. Talk to your tutors

If you’ve tried a few of the above strategies and you’re still feeling stuck, be sure to talk to your tutors. 

They are here to help you succeed and will be able to provide plenty of study tips and tricks you might not have considered.

5. Remember your end goal

Finally, go back to your ‘why’. Why are you studying from home? What is your end goal or your big dream?

Write your goal somewhere you can see it every day, so it motivates you to keep going.

Every assignment you complete brings you one step closer to your dream of graduating and working in the tourism industry.

You can do this!

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NEW to Study From Home: Upskill with the Level 5 Tourism & Travel Diploma

Posted on 27/05/2020 by

Now is a great time to upskill and gain management training.

Want to give your travel and tourism career a boost?

Keen to learn more about management, marketing, and leadership within the travel and tourism industry?

Want a qualification that will stand out on your CV and show future employers you’re highly motivated?

The New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel Level 5 will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in general management within the industry – and it’s now available* via Study From Home!

This fast-paced, info-packed qualification was previously only offered on-campus, but you can now complete it from your own place, at your own pace.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this qualification for Study From Home students,” says Michelle Chatfield, Head of Group Services. 

“The flexibility of Study From Home means you can study while working out in the industry, giving you the best of both worlds – a higher qualification and work experience.”

The Diploma at a glance

Gain skills in:

  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic planning
  • Research
  • Finance
  • Legislation
  • Information technology

All of these topics are essential for a management career in airline, travel, and tourism, and they’re also transferable to any field.

Key details

  • Course starts 29th June 2020 – enquire now to reserve your place
  • Full-time is 48 weeks (33 hours per week of study)
  • Part-time is 96 weeks (16.5 hours per week of study)

How is the Diploma taught?

The Diploma is blended learning – you will learn via a combination of:

    • Video lessons with tutors 
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Workbooks, Forums, and Handouts via Moodle – our online student platform

 

You’ll have access to support from tutors online and over the phone or video chat (if required). The tutors delivering this course are the same tutors who teach the Level 5 Diploma on-campus. 

Is this the right course for me?

The Level 5 Diploma is fast-paced and challenging, making it ideal for students who are ambitious, eager to learn, and highly motivated.

If you dream of advancing your tourism career and gaining management skills, this qualification will help you build confidence and competence. It’s an ideal stepping stone into higher-level positions within the tourism industry.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have access to support from our Employment Consultants, who will work closely with you to help you find work.

To find out more, don’t delay – get in touch today to learn how this Diploma can help you give your tourism career a boost. 

*Course availability subject to NZQA approval.

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How to find out more about studying from home

Posted on 29/04/2020 by

Want to learn more about Study From Home? Book an online information session to discover everything you need to know.

Are you contemplating studying from home with ITC, but you’re not quite sure if it’s for you?

Perhaps you’re on the fence about starting a new qualification, especially during these strange times with COVID-19.

Or maybe you’re curious about what the course will involve. You might have questions about the topics, workload, assignments, and tutors. 

We’re here to help. Our team is on-hand to answer any questions you have about studying airline, travel or tourism from home. 

We want to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision, so if you do choose to study from home with us, you can get off to the best possible start.

There are a few ways we help you learn more about studying from home with ITC.

The first step is to book an online information session with one of our course advisers. This is a completely free, no-obligation phone call designed to give you a feel for studying with us. 

Once you’ve had your online information session, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of whether our courses are a good match – and hopefully you’ll be feeling excited about all the possibilities!

If you’re keen to progress things further and enrol, we’re also here to help. Our team can assist you with enrolling and also registering for services like StudyLink.

The online information session is the best and most efficient way to discover if studying from home is right for you, but we’re also available to help you via other channels. 

You’re welcome to ask questions by submitting a contact form on our website, sending a question via Facebook, reaching out on Instagram, or calling us (freephone) on 0800 868 747.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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How to stay motivated when studying from home

Posted on 15/04/2020 by

Tips for staying focused on your study during these uncertain times.

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, studying from home has become the ‘new normal’ for students around New Zealand.

There are many benefits to studying from home, including increased flexibility, lower overheads (e.g. no travel costs), and the ability to study part-time – just to name a few.

It’s a fantastic way to gain a tourism qualification – which is why we’ve been successfully offering distance learning for over 15 years!

However, studying from home does require some self-motivation. And, given that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, you might find that your motivation tanks are low right now. That’s completely normal. If you’re feeling tired or unmotivated, you’re not alone. The good news is, there are several things you can do to get yourself back on track.

Here are some ideas for staying motivated and boosting your mindset during these uncertain times.

1. Focus on your ‘why’

Think about why you chose to study from home. What motivates you? Is it the dream of an exciting career in airline, travel or tourism? Is it the goal of gaining a qualification to improve your career prospects? Is it the spark of curiosity and excitement you feel when you learn about different cultures and destinations? 

Everyone’s ‘why’ will be different. Take the time to consider yours, because this will help you stay motivated. Write your ‘why’ down somewhere you will see it every day, and have faith in this brighter future. 

2. Break everything into small goals

Once you’ve remembered your ‘why’, you’ll hopefully feel a surge of energy and excitement. You’ve got a dream, and a qualification will help you achieve that!

But, then you might feel a sense of overwhelm sink in – you might look ahead and see so much work to complete, and wonder where to start. 

The trick is to break everything into small goals. Focus on what you can achieve in one day, one week, one month – and all of your efforts will add up to the big result.

Write a study plan and give yourself small, achievable tasks to complete each day. Once you’ve ticked them off, celebrate your efforts – reward yourself with something small yet meaningful, like a video call with your best friends or your favourite TV program.

Big goals are achieved by taking small steps consistently. You’ve got this!

3. Ask for support

Your Study From Home tutors and classmates are here to motivate you, encourage you, and support you.

Make the most of all the support on offer from the Study From Home team, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about something. They are here to help! 

Take the time to connect with some of your classmates, virtually. Set up WhatsApp groups or send out a few emails. You’re all in this together, and you can motivate each other at this time.

Most of all, treat yourself with self-compassion. You’re studying during a global pandemic, and that’s no small thing! You’re doing an incredible job and your future self will thank you for it. Well done, you! 

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Tips for studying from home during coronavirus lockdown

Posted on 26/03/2020 by

How to stay motivated and find enjoyment in your study during this unprecedented time in history.

Whether you’ve been studying from home for a while, or you suddenly find yourself doing so due to the coronavirus, we are here to help you adjust to this strange and unprecedented situation.

For many, study will provide a welcome distraction during self-isolation – it’s an opportunity to work towards your goals, stay motivated towards the future, and get excited about life after coronavirus.

However, we understand that it may be difficult to find the motivation to do anything during self-isolation, let alone study! Never fear – we are here to help.

Here are some tips to help you stay focused, motivated, and optimistic during this challenging time. We’re all in this together.

1. Fill your tank first

If you can, do something nice for yourself first thing in your day. 

For example, take the time to savour your morning coffee and breakfast. Or, take a quick – socially distanced! – walk around your neighbourhood to get some fresh air and the endorphins pumping.

If you “fill your tank first”, you’re more likely to feel optimistic when you sit down to study. During self-isolation, doing things to protect your mental health and mindset should always be a top priority.

Think about what would make you feel better each day, and do those things first.

2. Follow a routine

With so much free time on your hands, it will be tempting to throw your normal routine right out the window.

No more school drop offs, commutes to work, or juggling multiple outings in one day.

While this might feel like a novelty at first, it might start to feel a little bit overwhelming if you have no structure during your day.

Try to adapt your routine to suit self-isolation. Set a daily schedule to break up your day, for example – dedicate the morning to exercise and connecting with friends (virtually of course), commit to studying throughout the middle of the day, and then end your day with household tasks or any other items on your to-do list.

Of course, this is just an example – everyone’s self-isolation routine will look different. Try out a few different routines to find what works for you.

3. Set clear boundaries with your housemates

Whether you’re self-isolating with flatmates or family members, let them know that you plan on continuing to study, and tell them what you’ll need from them to make that happen.

Hopefully, you will be able to work together to help respect each other’s goals.

If you have small children, see if you can split childcare with your partner so you both have some time to focus on individual goals or work.

4. Create a study support team

If you’re studying with ITC, you’ll have access to our tutors via email and phone. We’re here to support you with your studies just as we would if you were coming to class. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would just like some support.

You can also connect virtually with your classmates. Maybe you can set up a Facebook group or WhatsApp group to check-in with each other each day. 

Remember there are plenty of other students in the same boat as you. Keeping in communication will help you feel less alone.

5. Celebrate every day

Every day you sit down to study – even if it’s only for an hour – is worth a small celebration.

You’re investing in your future during one of the most challenging times in recent history! That’s a huge thing to celebrate and be proud of, even if it feels like you’re moving slowly.

In times like this, every step forward counts. Don’t get caught up in worrying about how fast you’re going – keep putting one foot in front of the other and showing up for yourself as often as you can.

You’ve got this! And we’re here to help if you need it.

Kia kaha (stay strong).

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Five free ways to reward yourself for studying

Posted on 11/03/2020 by

Plan some relaxing activities to reward yourself for studying.

When you Study From Home, you don’t have a teacher standing at the front of the classroom encouraging you to stay on track.

You do have a tutor available via email and phone, but sometimes it’s not quite the same – especially if you need some extra encouragement at, say, 11 pm at night!

That’s why it’s super important to reward yourself for your study efforts.

When you set yourself some study milestones for the week – for example, to finish a particular assignment or start another one – make sure you also assign a small reward for when you tick off that goal.

The challenge is, if your reward costs money, the cost can quickly add up. That’s why it’s best to choose free rewards that cost zero dollars but make you feel recharged and fantastic.

Here are five ideas for inspiration.

1. An hour of YouTube comedy

We all know how hilarious YouTube can be. We advise you to stay far away from this distraction when you need to focus on your studies. But, as a reward, it can be great. 

Once you complete a study milestone, settle in for an hour of laughter and lightheartedness to celebrate a job well done.

2. A walk in nature

In today’s fast-paced world, getting out for a walk on the beach or through some beautiful native bush can feel like a luxury – especially if you’re often short on time.

Schedule a relaxing, restorative stroll for when you finish your next assignment. If the weather is nice, why not add a swim in the ocean, too.

3. An afternoon nap

Is there anything more indulgent than an afternoon nap? This one will be a big reward for those with demanding jobs or young kids! 

Set aside time to enjoy a sneaky snooze as a reward for your study efforts.

4. Your favourite type of screen time

Screen time is something that can interfere with your studies if you don’t be careful, which is why many students avoid things like television and video games when they are in the middle of assignments.

But, using screen time as a reward is a great way to motivate yourself to stay focused.

Set aside some time to enjoy your favourite TV show or play a few video games once you complete your next study milestone.

5. Catch up with friends

If you’re juggling studying from home with family commitments or a part-time job, you might feel like you never see your friends.

Socialising can be hard to squeeze in, so set this as a reward. If meeting up with friends in-person is too hard, consider video calling or even just an old-fashioned phone call. 

Hopefully one of these rewards speaks to you and will provide that extra motivation you need to study.

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Regional tourism highlights: February

Posted on 26/02/2020 by

Beautiful Marlborough – one of the regions covered in this month’s regional news update.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

Despite the disruptions caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the tourism industry has still been busy throughout the country.

Here are some of the top headlines from February. 

New website launched to promote Marlborough

The website MarlboroughNZ.com includes sections dedicated to the ins and outs of Marlborough including reasons to live, work and invest in the region.

$90m for Queenstown roads to include bus lanes

A $90 million spend on Queenstown’s roads will help ease congestion issues but millions more need to be spent on the district’s transport infrastructure, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says.

Central Otago wine pioneer joins Tourism Advisory Board

Rudi Bauer, respected award-winning Quartz Reef winemaker, is the newest member of the Central Otago Tourism Advisory Board. 

Cruise ships to keep coming back to Timaru

The second of three cruise ships destined to visit Timaru this summer berthed at the town’s port on Friday morning bringing hundreds of passengers keen to explore the area.

Kaikoura marina redevelopment in planning stages

A project hoped to boost Kaikōura’s tourism offerings is in the planning stages, the council’s chief executive says. 

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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How to impress employers with your study from home skills

Posted on 19/02/2020 by

Studying from home shows employers that you’re self-motivated, organised, and committed to your goals – just to name a few!

Although studying from home is becoming more popular, not every employer is familiar with all the benefits of this flexible study option. 

When applying for jobs, it’s worth highlighting the skills you learned while studying from home – these skills could set you apart from other candidates.

For example, study from home students tend to be very:

  • Motivated
  • Self-driven
  • Conscientious
  • Organised

 
They’re also excellent at time management and thinking outside the box when it comes to solving problems.

If you identify with these traits, try to reference them on your CV and in job interviews.

Talk about how studying from home helped you to become a master at time management and motivated to succeed. 

Explain how setting your own study schedule and ultimately being in charge of your own time helped you to stay organised and prioritize effectively.

Skills like this are invaluable in the tourism industry, which has high demand for ambitious, hard-working people.

The only potential gap in your study from home resume might be customer service experience.

If possible, try to get a part-time customer service job while completing your qualification. Even if you only work a few hours a week, this will help you build confidence when interacting with people face-to-face, and prove to potential employers that you have what it takes to succeed both in people-facing roles and in the back office.

The main thing to remember is to be proud of your study from home skills and shout them from the rooftops. It’s not easy completing a qualification via distance learning – it’s a huge achievement, and one that employers will want to hear all about.

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Regional tourism highlights: January 2020

Posted on 29/01/2020 by

New flights between Auckland and Invercargill are proving a game changer for the Southland region.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

Auckland-Invercargill direct flights a ‘game changer’ for Southland

Southlanders are embracing a new direct jet flight connecting them to Auckland with more than 46,000 seats already sold.

Multimillion-dollar wharf project to boost Kaikoura tourism

A project aimed at revitalising Kaikōura’s southeastern coastline has been given a $10 million injection by the Provincial Growth Fund.

Visitor numbers bounce back in Franz Josef

The Department of Conservation’s latest track counter data for the Franz Josef Glacier Valley recorded its busiest day ever with 7,137 visiting on 1 January 2020.

Queenstown tourism operator targets premium market

A well-established Queenstown tour operator is taking a new direction in response to changes in overseas markets and dynamics.

Sky’s the limit for Matata Dark Sky Sanctuary potential

The tiny Bay of Plenty town Matatā could become a Dark Sky Sanctuary if one councillor’s vision comes to fruition.

‘Uniquely Northland’ festival will be back in 2021

The organiser of the Bay of Islands Music Festival hopes to build the event up into an eclectic, one-of-a-kind concert drawing music fans from around the country.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Discover if tourism is for you at an Open Day or Info Session

Posted on 22/01/2020 by

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2020. Attend an Open Day, book an Info Session, or call us anytime to find out more.

If you’re on the fence about whether to study tourism in 2020, the best way to learn more is by attending an Open Day or Information Session.

At Study From Home, “every day is an open day” – you’re welcome to call us at any time on 0800 868 747 to explore your options.

However, if you’re based in Auckland, you’re also welcome to visit one of our Auckland Campus Open Days to meet with staff and discover more about our teaching philosophy.

Auckland Campus Open Days

Our open days run from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 1 pm on weekends on the following dates:

  • Thursday 23rd January
  • Thursday 13th February
  • Thursday 20th February
  • Thursday 5th March
  • Thursday 12th March
  • Thursday 19th March
  • Thursday 9th July
  • Thursday 16th July
  • Saturday 3rd October
  • Thursday 8th October
  • Thursday 22nd October
  • Thursday 19th November
  • Saturday 28th November
  • Thursday 10th  December

Our Auckland locations are below:

South Auckland Campus

Level 1, The Fashion Pavilions,
Fountain Lane, Botany Town Centre, Chapel Road,
South Auckland

Auckland City Campus

Level 4, ITC House,
9 City Road, Auckland
(just behind The Cordis Hotel)

Can’t make an Open Day?

No worries! You can also book an Information Session online for a time that suits you.

The info session is an opportunity to discuss our course options and speak with a friendly course adviser. It’s a great place to start if you want to learn more about the industry, and it’s completely free and no obligation.

Eager to learn more?

Booked an info session or Open Day but can’t wait to learn more? Take a look at our blog and our student success stories for a glimpse into life with ITC Study From Home.

We look forward to meeting you or hearing from you soon!

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Make 2020 count with a tourism qualification

Posted on 15/01/2020 by

We have tourism courses starting in February – the perfect time to start studying after a fun summer!

The beginning of a new year is filled with possibilities. What will the next 12 months bring? Where will you go? What places will you see and experiences will you enjoy?

Sometimes, though, the possibilities can feel overwhelming. With so much choice can come indecision. What is the ‘right’ next step? 

Of course, only you can answer that! 

But, if you are thinking of studying, allow us to make a small (although slightly biased) suggestion. Tourism.

A qualification in airline, travel or tourism can open many doors – whether you dream of travelling, working in customer service, or simply expanding your horizons.

It’s a great stepping stone into many exciting careers. Our graduates are working on cruise ships and airplanes, at travel agencies and adventure tourism offices, and as travel agents and sales superstars.

If you love interacting with people, learning about the world, and helping people have incredible experiences, then tourism could be the industry for you.

And, did we mention that it’s one of the fastest growing industries in New Zealand? There’s a high demand for skilled workers – and you could be one of them after just six months of study.

So, make 2020 the year that you get your tourism dreams off to a flying start. We have courses starting in mid-February – the perfect time to knuckle down after a fun summer.

Get in touch today to register your interest and learn more about the incredible world of airline, travel and tourism. 

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The year in review: 2019 highlights from Study From Home

Posted on 11/12/2019 by

In this blog post, we reflect on our top stories from 2019.

With Christmas and the new year fast approaching, it’s time for our inaugural highlights blog.

This is when we reflect on the past 12 months and share some of our top stories from the year.

Here’s our favourite blogs from 2019.

Study From Home graduate wins prestigious cruise industry award

Shelley Williams – a Study From Home graduate and the director of Clevedon Travel – won a prestigious award at the CLIAS.

ITC student shares her best tips for combining work and study

One great perk about studying from home is the flexibility to work while you study.

Student interview: Marise Barrett

We spoke to graduate Marise Barrett who is now working at Helloworld in New Plymouth.

Backyard tourism gets a big tick from SFH student

Jacqueline Buksh embarked on a road trip with her family from her hometown of Christchurch. She says the road trip was all the more incredible thanks to her studies.

‘Challenge yourself and you will be rewarded’ says graduate

“The tourism industry is booming and making the decision to study with ITC gives you the relevant tools, experience, endless support, and foot in the door to making your dreams come true,” says Cheytarna Scott.

Are you inspired by 2019’s highlight reel? Book an information session today to become part of the ITC family in 2020.

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Online booking now available

Posted on 04/12/2019 by

You can now book an information session with a Study From Home course adviser straight from your computer or mobile device.

Great news! Online booking is now available for Study From Home information sessions.

If you would like to speak with an ITC course adviser about your study options, you can now book a session via Calendly

This makes it even easier to find out more about studying towards a qualification in airline, travel, and tourism.

All you need to do is follow this link, choose a date and time that suits you, and voila – you’re all booked in!

A Study From Home course adviser will call you at your preferred time and answer any questions you might have.

What’s an information session?

An information session is an appointment with a course adviser, where you will get to:

  • Explore our course options
  • Discuss your dream career goals
  • And learn more about what makes ITC Study From Home great

 
“The information session is your first step towards a bright future in the airline, travel and tourism industry,” says ITC Marketing Manager Mel Jenkins.

“It’s completely free and no-obligation. The purpose of these sessions is to give you as much information as you need to make an informed decision about your future. We’re here to help you discover the right path, whatever that might be.” 

Find out more about information sessions here.

Why online booking?

Online booking is the way of the future, so ITC is extremely excited to offer this option.

With online booking, you can see available appointments in real-time and book your preferred day and time within moments. No more bothering with email exchanges or phone calls.

And the best part? You can make an online booking after hours, which means you don’t need to wait until the next business day to secure your ideal appointment.

Book today to get your 2020 off to a great start

Head on summer break knowing you have an awesome plan for 2020. Book an information session in December to get a head start on the new year.

Book your information session now

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Regional tourism highlights: November

Posted on 27/11/2019 by

A company has launched direct flights to Hobbiton, which is predicted to further boost tourism to Matamata.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

With just a few days until the start of summer, more and more tourists are flocking to regional New Zealand to experience the best this country has to offer.

Here are some of November’s top headlines. 

NZ flight to take Hobbiton fans on a journey to Middle Earth by plane

Hobbiton visitors can now journey through the sky, with two daily flights available to and from Middle Earth.

AJ Hackett takes over Taupo bungy operation

AJ Hackett Bungy’s purchase of Taupō Bungy is set to take effect in late November.

Redwoods Tree Walk working on $1.5m expansion

Yet another example of Rotorua tourism businesses at the top of their game.

Whakatane tourism film captures people and place

A new film showcasing Whakatane to visitors hopes to give viewers a glimpse of the true essence of the Eastern Bay of Plenty town, by featuring locals enjoying what they love about the place.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst enroute to New Zealand

Hollywood megastars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst are poised to brighten up the South Island over the summer holidays.

Christchurch named among best places to visit in 2020

The Garden City is the only New Zealand destination to make a popular travel guide’s list of the top 52 places to visit in 2020.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Slow study week? Here’s how to bounce back

Posted on 13/11/2019 by

Tips for staying on top of your studies even when life gets busy.

Like any study path, studying from home has its ups and downs. Sometimes, you feel on top of your workload, and other times you’re pulling all nighters and early mornings to finish assignments. 

The question is, how do you bounce back after a challenging week – without falling further behind?

Here’s how to get back on top of your studies after a busy time. 

Add extra hours to your study schedule for a month

Whether you stopped studying due to family commitments, illness, or work, you have to make up those hours at some point. Add a few extra hours to your study schedule for a month to get ahead. It might make for a busier month than usual, but remember – it’s just one month.

Talk to your tutors

Be honest with your tutors if you start falling behind or feeling stressed. All of our tutors have years of experience – they’ve seen it all! They will be able to give you plenty of tips for succeeding at your studies. 

Talk to your friends and family

If you’ve fallen behind, you might not have as much time for friends and family until you catch up. Give them a heads up that if you’re slow to respond to text messages or can’t make a few social events, it’s because you’re concentrating on your studies. If you’re juggling studying with raising kids, you might also want to ask if your family can provide any extra support (you’ll never know unless you ask).

Avoid the multitasking trap

When you have more to do, it can be tempting to try to do everything at once – but this will only slow you down. Avoid multitasking and concentrate on ticking off one task at a time. (Remember, checking social media or emails while studying counts as multitasking). Try to chunk your time into bursts of focus (e.g. 45 minutes) and save social media and other distractions for your breaks.

Be gentle on yourself

Everyone has tough weeks every now and then, and sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. If you’re open and honest about your challenges and you take steps to get back on top of your studies, then you should be fine – even with a few setbacks along the way. Remember to talk to your tutors and, when you do sit down to study, stay focused. You’ve got this! 

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Regional tourism highlights: October

Posted on 30/10/2019 by

Te Puke – the heart of Kiwifruit country – is one of many regions to make headlines this month.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

With just one month to go until the start of the summer season, New Zealand’s regional tourism industry is humming along nicely.

Here are some of the top headlines from October.

Air New Zealand ramps up regional services

Air New Zealand is adding additional capacity to some of its regional routes in December following Jetstar’s withdrawal of its regional services.

Kiwifruit a platform for Te Puke tourism

Graeme Crossman believes the global popularity of kiwifruit is a magnet that can draw tourists to the Te Puke area.

Bay of Plenty tourism operators awarded for work in sustainability

Two Bay of Plenty tourism operators have been nationally recognised for their hard work in tourism sustainability innovation.

Another record cruise season kicks off

Local businesses and tour operators can look forward to a boost over the coming months, courtesy of a strong cruise season for 2019/2020.

New Zealand towns that are about to arrive on the tourist radar

Tourists are increasingly in search of experiences off the beaten track. So here are some of the towns set to benefit.

Queenstown Airport records biggest increase in overseas arrivals in August

An increase in direct trans-Tasman flights led to a big jump in the number of Australian visitors arriving at Queenstown Airport in August.

Skydiving gets green light at Pukaki Airport

Skydive Mt Cook has been given the all clear by Mackenzie District Council’s (MDC) planning department to land parachutes at Pukaki Airport.

Stars align in Wairarapa for astro-tourism business

Star Field, located south of Martinborough, launched last weekend and was set to ride the crest of a wave of astro-tourism as the region bids to become an international dark sky reserve.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Simple ways to stay social when studying from home

Posted on 23/10/2019 by

Studying from a cafe every now and then is a great way to get some social interaction when distance learning.

Studying from home with ITC offers incredible freedom and flexibility.

If you’re a night owl, you can study while the rest of the country sleeps – no questions asked.

Morning person? No problem! Class can start at 5 am on the dot if you choose.

All this autonomy is fantastic, but it’s still important to make time to socialise throughout your day – or you might find yourself craving more human connection.

Here are some fun and easy ways to connect with people even when studying from home.

1. Pick up the phone at least once a day

Call a friend, family member, classmate, or even your tutor. Check in with someone different each day to maintain social connections and fill your social tank.

2. Eat out every now and then

Venture out to a cafe or sushi bar for a bite to eat once a week or so. Just being around other people will give you a little social boost. If you can meet a friend for lunch, even better!

3. Study from a public space

Take your study notes to the local library, a cafe with free wifi, or anywhere else that will allow you to do some focused study while being around other people.

4. Add ‘social time’ to your study schedule

When planning out your study and life commitments, see if you can add one social catch-up a week to your calendar. This might be a 30-minute coffee date with a friend or a big family day every Sunday. See what you can fit in!

5. Make the most of technology

Texting, calling, FaceTime – these are all great ways to stay in touch with friends and family if you’re too busy to arrange face-to-face catch ups. While they aren’t as good as the real deal, using technology to keep in touch will give you a social boost even during your busiest times.

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5 great reasons to Study From Home over summer

Posted on 09/10/2019 by

Summer isn’t only for beach days and BBQs – it can be a great season to throw yourself into your studies.

Summer in New Zealand is traditionally a time to head to the beach, relax, and put your feet up.

But what if this summer was a little different?

What if you used your downtime to pursue your dream – your dream of an exciting career in airline, travel or tourism?

Study From Home has three qualifications starting on October 21, which means you could be well underway by the time summer rolls around.

Here are five reasons to consider studying from home this summer. 

1. The days are longer

With early sunrises and late sunsets, in summer it simply feels like time is on your side. You’ll have plenty of daylight hours to enjoy walks, eating outside, and soaking up the sunshine around your studies. 

2. You might have more support

If you’re juggling study commitments around raising children or other family commitments, you might find you have more support in summer. Maybe people will have time off work, and therefore might be able to lend a hand every now and then. 

3. Sunshine is a fantastic motivator

We all know winter can be depressing – all those bleak, rainy days! In summer, you’re more likely to feel energised uplifted. Plus, the thought of rewarding yourself with a walk along the beach is an excellent motivator to power through your assignments. 

4. You’ll get a headstart on 2020

The new year will be here before you know it, and with that a whole new set of goals and ambitions. Get a headstart on your dreams by starting your studies in October. By the time January 1st hits, you’ll already be well on your way to ticking off some big resolutions. 

5. You can still enjoy a holiday

Even if you start studying in October, you’ll still get a break for Christmas – the best of both worlds! You’ll spend October, November, and some of December getting up to speed with your qualification, then you can come back to your studies with fresh eyes in the new year.

Summer truly is a wonderful time to study, especially if you want to kickstart your tourism career next year.

Get in touch today to learn more about our Study From Home courses starting soon.

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How to manage distractions when studying from home

Posted on 02/10/2019 by

Keep getting distracted by social media? Try these tips to stay on track.

From social media notifications to text messages to the lure of a new Netflix series, distractions abound when you’re studying from home.

“Just one more episode.”

“Just one more scroll of Instagram.”

“Maybe I’ll sleep in today.”

These are just some of the distractions that might tempt you – and that’s without even mentioning the pantry and fridge!

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to avoid distractions and concentrate on your studies.

Here are our best tips for staying focused.

1. Use the Pomodoro method

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably sick of hearing us mention the Pomodoro method! But we keep talking about it because it really is that good.

The Pomodoro method is when you use a timer to study in 25-minute bursts. After each 25-minute burst, you can take a five-minute break to check your phone, emails, social media, or stare at the fridge. Once you’ve completed four Pomodoros, you can take a longer break – like eat your lunch or watch some YouTube. You do you!

The most important thing is to close down all distractions during each 25-minute study session. You can catch up on everything once the timer goes off. 

2. Put your phone on flight mode

If you don’t need to be contacted, put your phone on flight mode to remove all distractions. This is a great way of achieving peace and quiet from social media, phone calls, and text messages.

3. Block social media

If you need your phone to receive phone calls and text messages, but you keep getting distracted by social media, then consider removing all social apps from your smartphone during busy study times. You can always re-install them later!

Another tip is to block social media on your computer browser. There are several good apps out there – just Google ‘social media blocker’ to find one that suits you.

4. Create a study schedule

Another one of our favourite tips is to create a study schedule. When you sign up with ITC Study From Home, your tutor will explain the importance of a schedule and help you set one up that suits your lifestyle.

The beauty of a schedule is that it doesn’t leave much up to chance. You book in times for work, study, leisure, and – providing you follow it – you can fit in everything you need each week.

5. Bounce back from hard days

Even if you’re the most disciplined, organised person in the world, you will still have slow study days every now and then.

Be gentle on yourself and remind yourself that studying from home is challenging, and that you’re doing a great job! It’s OK to struggle once in a while – just make sure you communicate with your tutors and try to bounce back the next day. Try not to let bad days turn into bad weeks or months. Your tutors can offer you advice and tips around how to stay on-track.

6. Learn what works for you

Everyone is different. Experiment with different study schedules and methods to find an approach that works for you. If you’re passing your assignments and feeling positive about your studies, then you’re doing all the right things!

Want more Study From Home tips? Check back here every Wednesday for a new blog post. In the meantime, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about studying airline, travel and tourism. 

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Regional tourism highlights: September

Posted on 25/09/2019 by

Waikato features a few times in this month’s update, including ranking as a top 50 bucket list destination.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

The first month of spring has been great for regional tourism, with plenty of exciting projects in the pipeline.

Here are the top headlines from September. 

Taranaki crossing to boost region’s tourism earnings

Taranaki’s tourism earnings are set for an annual boost of about $4 million a year after confirmation of a $13.3 million Provincial Growth Fund investment in Egmont National Park.

The Great Kiwi Beer Fest to hit Hamilton

Hamilton will host one of the South Island’s favourite events as the Great Kiwi Beer Festival launches in the city next year.

New day-long cycle loop to showcase iconic Rotorua features

A day-long cycle loop incorporating Redwood trees, geothermal activity, Māori culture and stunning views is close to reality for Rotorua.

Waikato on world’s top 50 bucket list

Waikato has become a global bucket-list destination alongside the likes of Los Angeles, Kruger National Park in Africa and Santorini, Greece, according to a 2019 survey.

Southland visitor numbers expected to soar

Southland’s national parks can expect an additional 140,000 visitors in the next six years, according to the Government’s new visitor forecast tool. 

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of July with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Time blocking: Have you tried it?

Posted on 18/09/2019 by

Time blocking is a great way to stay focused while studying.

One of the latest productivity buzzwords to take the internet by storm is ‘time blocking’.

Time blocking is the opposite of multitasking. It’s when you set aside a set amount of time to focus on one task only, free from other distractions.

Here are some tips for applying time blocking to study. 

Create a study schedule

Before you can block out any set time for study, you need to create your study schedule.

Here’s how to create a study plan (and stick to it!)

Remove all distractions

Time blocking won’t work unless you remove all distractions and focus 100% on the task at hand. 

That means turning off your phone and shutting down emails. 

Use a timer

If time blocking works well, you’ll find yourself ‘in the zone’. Set a timer so you don’t go overtime and cut into time allocated for other tasks.

A timer will also stop you from checking the time every few minutes, therefore keeping you on track.

Consider the Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro technique is when you work in 25-minute bursts followed by 5-minute breaks (and a longer break for every 4x 25-minute bursts). 

You could also create your own version – for example, working in 45-minute bursts followed by 10-minute breaks. 

Time block other activities

Time blocking isn’t just for study – you could also consider time blocking other activities such as family time, exercise time, or work time.

The less you multitask, the more productive you’ll be. 

Use a digital calendar

Use an online calendar such as Google Calendar so you can easily colour code different blocks of time, set up recurring events, and share your schedule with family members (if needed).

Test, test, and test again

Time blocking isn’t a technique that will work perfectly overnight. You will need to test and experiment until you find a pattern that consistently works.

Try to track your progress in a notebook or the Notes app on your phone to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. 

After a few weeks, you’ll get the hang of it. Good luck!

Want more Study From Home tips? Check back here every Wednesday for a new blog post. In the meantime, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about studying airline, travel and tourism. 

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Five study rewards that don’t involve sugar

Posted on 11/09/2019 by

Creative ways to reward yourself for a hard week’s study, without just hitting the sugar!

Do you reward yourself for a hard week’s study?

If not, it could be a good time to start. Rewarding yourself for a job well done can be great motivation for getting up and doing it all over again the next week.

Typical reward ideas include chocolate, ice cream, and all things delicious. But if you’re also trying to get a good night’s sleep and encourage better eating habits, celebrating with sugar might not be your best bet.

Here are some fun study rewards that don’t involve sugar (or any other similar vices!).

1. Go to bed early

Some people might laugh at this one – but what used to be a punishment as a kid feels like a reward as a tired, hardworking adult! Is there anything more rewarding than hopping into bed early after a long day? Even if you’re not tired, you could curl up with a book or movie.

2. Go for a walk in nature

When was the last time you went for a leisurely stroll on the beach or through a beautiful stretch of scenery? Lace up your walking shoes and head to your favourite nature spot to relax and unwind.

3. Play tourist in your backyard

If you’re looking for a big reward, treat yourself to a tourist activity in your town or city. This could be something thrilling, like a jet boat road, or something relaxing, like a dip in a hot springs! Whatever you choose, it will tick two boxes – rewarding yourself for your efforts, and teaching you more about your local tourism industry. Win-win.

4. Give yourself a day off

Feeling on top of your work and ahead of the game? Give yourself a relaxing day off to recharge, day dream, watch TV, hang out with friends and family – whatever you feel like doing to refuel your tank. Not only will you love this reward, you’ll also come back to study the next day feeling refreshed and motivated.

5. Do something fun with friends

When you’re studying, your social life can take a backseat. As your next study reward, put your friends front and centre and do something fun together. Whether that’s a movie night, dinner out, or just a good old chat on the phone, schedule that social time to fill your cup.

Want more Study From Home tips? Check back here every Wednesday for a new blog post. In the meantime, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about studying airline, travel and tourism. 

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Do you need to Marie Kondo your study space?

Posted on 04/09/2019 by

Want a study space Marie Kondo would be proud of? Read on for some decluttering tips.

If you haven’t yet heard of Marie Kondo, you’re missing out.

The Japanese decluttering expert is an internet and Netflix sensation, famous for her books ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ and ‘Spark Joy’.

Marie Kondo believes keeping tidy, minimalist homes can do wonders for our wellbeing.

“Our goal is to help more people tidy their spaces by choosing joy, and we are committed to developing the simplest and most effective tools to help you get there,” reads her website, konmari.com.

Does your study space spark joy or feel overwhelming? Do you have a clean space to work from or is it cluttered and messy?

Having a tidy and well-organised study space could help you study better, stay focused for longer, and enjoying sitting at your desk each day.

If your study space needs a Marie Kondo makeover, here are some tips for starting the decluttering process.

  • Set aside enough time. Marie advises to get all of your decluttering done in one go, rather than letting piles build up over time. She also advises removing everything you’re throwing out on the same day you’re decluttering, so it doesn’t take up space sitting in your garage. So, set aside a weekend day where you can clear out your space, decide what you want to keep, and also drop off goods to bins or charity shops.

 

  • Create digital back-ups of important files. Don’t be too hasty to throw out your paperwork. Make sure you have digital back-ups of all important files (if you’re not sure, take a photo just in case).

 

  • Clean while you declutter. Make the most of your decluttering spree by giving your study space a good spring clean. Vacuum behind your desk and crank out the spray and wipe.

 

  • Create an efficient filing system. It’s amazing how quickly things can pile up. Create a system so that as you start to collect more paperwork, you’re not heading right back to where you started.

 

  • Complete a digital declutter, too. When was the last time you backed up your computer, organised your files, and cleared your desktop of random files and distracting icons? If you have enough time, do a digital declutter, too.

 

Want more Study From Home tips? Check back here every Wednesday for a new blog post. In the meantime, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about studying airline, travel and tourism. 

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Regional tourism highlights: August

Posted on 28/08/2019 by

Fox Glacier has been named as one of the greatest places on Earth by Rough Guides, along with Franz Josef.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

The last month of winter has been a bumper one for regional New Zealand tourism.

Here are the top headlines from August. 

Two regional NZ destinations named ‘the best places on Earth’

The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and Queenstown have been named as two of the greatest places on Earth by Rough Guides.

Unique view on a multi-million dollar astro-tourism attraction

Stuff.co.nz writer Alice Geary shares her thoughts on Tekapo’s new Dark Sky Project.

Hobbiton’s plans to increase tourist numbers approved by Council

Major tourist attraction Hobbiton has the all clear to welcome up to one million visitors a year.

Public to get say on Napier’s $51m aquarium dream

The Napier City Council may start public consultation this year on plans for the major expansion of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s best off-the-radar towns

These smaller centres have some hidden gems.

Taranaki beats other regions to host national tourism industry conference

The 2020 Tourism Export Council of New Zealand conference will be hosted in Taranaki for the first time in more than 20 years. 

Bumper cruise season nears

This summer’s cruise season promises to be a bright spot for New Zealand tourism. 

Top six most beautiful New Zealand towns narrowed down

The list of New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Towns has been narrowed down to six – Cambridge, Pukekohe, Hutt City, Whanganui, Waihi (pictured), and Hanmer Springs.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of July with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Five sample study routines for distance learners

Posted on 21/08/2019 by

Following a routine is a great way to make the most of the hours in every day.

When you study from home, finding a routine that works for you is paramount.

Here are some examples of great routines to inspire you to create your own. 

1. The earlybird routine

A morning person, you’re usually up with the birds (sometimes earlier!). You get some of your best study done from 5 am onwards, coffee in hand. By lunchtime, you’ve already worked the equivalent of a full day – time to clock off for a nap! 

2. The 9-5 routine

You treat study like a full-time job, hitting the books during traditional work hours. This routine is ideal if your partner or other people in your life work a Mon-Fri, 9-5 job, as it means you’ll have weekends and evenings off together.

3. The part-timer routine

You’re studying part-time so you can fit in study alongside a part-time job. Each week looks slightly different, so planning your days out in detail on a Sunday evening is essential. It’s hard for you to find long, uninterrupted stretches of time to study, so you do what you can, when you can, as often as you can. It’s not perfect, but it works well for you – and you get the best of both worlds.

4. The school routine

Studying while the kids are at school? You’re super productive between 10 am and 2 pm and often put in some extra hours over the weekend. If the kids are up for it, you might also do some study in the afternoons while they do their homework. 

5. The night owl routine

You love staying up late. At 10 pm, when everyone else is drifting off to sleep, you come alive. You enjoy studying in the stillness of the night and get lots done between the hours of 9 pm and 2 am – peaceful in the knowledge you can sleep in the next day.

What’s your dream study routine?

Do you consider yourself more of a morning bird or night owl? Are you a part-timer or 9-5er? While you probably won’t fit into one routine, these examples will help you narrow down the routines that appeal to you. Then comes the fun part – building your own. Don’t hesitate to ask your tutors for help if you’re struggling to create the perfect study schedule for you.

Are you inspired by the flexibility of studying from home? ITC Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to learn more about our distance learning qualifications. 

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How to set regular study hours and avoid ‘study creep’

Posted on 14/08/2019 by

Keep study from creeping into all areas of your life with these helpful tips.

One challenge of studying from home is knowing when to clock off.

Unlike a classroom environment, there’s no firm end to your day – you have the freedom to set your own hours. 

Of course, this flexibility is a huge benefit – but only if you strike the right balance between work and rest. 

Here are some tips to help you set regular study hours and avoid ‘study creep’ (when study creeps into all areas of your life).

1. Create a study plan

Map out the time you will allocate to study and other commitments. Your study plan will become your guiding light, helping you to prioritise your time accordingly. 

When you start studying with ITC Study From Home, your tutors will help you develop a study plan. In the meantime, read ‘How to create a study plan (and stick to it)’ for more information. 

2. Set up a home office space 

One of the best ways to define the start and end of your ‘study day’ is to create a dedicated space just for study.

When you walk into your study space, you’re in study mode. And when you leave, you’re off duty! Of course, this isn’t always possible, especially if you don’t have an extra room. 

If you’re short on space, try draping a tablecloth over your computer and study tools when your study day is over, so you can feel a sense of detachment. 

3. Track your time

Instead of studying for regular hours (e.g. from 9 am to 5 pm each day), some people find it helpful to aim to study for a certain number of hours each week (e.g. a minimum of 20 hours).

Whenever you sit down to study, track your time so you can get a good sense of how long you’ve spent studying that week. If it gets to Thursday and you’ve only clocked up four hours, you’ll know you need to put in more time over the weekend. 

4. Prioritise sleep and exercise

If you can, try to get enough sleep and incorporate some gentle exercise into each day – even if it’s just a 20-minute walk around the block.

Rest and exercise will make you more productive when you do study, meaning you’ll hopefully get through the work in less time.

That said, fitting in sleep and exercise into your study schedule can be trial and error. If you fall behind or simply have a lot on, you might have to pull a few late nights to make up for lost time.

5. Talk to your tutors

All the Study From Home tutors are experts in time management and can help you make the most of your precious hours, while still leaving enough time for family and work.

The tutors want to see you thrive, not just survive, throughout your Study From Home journey, so make the most of their expertise, tips, and knowledge.

They can help you to determine how much time you should be putting into study and how much time you can set aside for other commitments.

Would you like to learn more about Studying From Home with ITC? Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Regional tourism highlights: July

Posted on 31/07/2019 by

The government is funding the restoration of Mauri north of Matapouri Beach (pictured).

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

It’s been another busy month for tourism. Here are the latest regional tourism headlines from around the country. 

New ad campaign aims to sell Taupo and New Zealand to the world

Taupō locals embrace the latest Tourism New Zealand worldwide advertising campaign. 

Southland’s Hump Ridge Track named nation’s newest Great Walk

The remote 61km trail west of Invercargill will receive a $5 million upgrade to be added to New Zealand’s top tier of hikes by 2022.

$1.1m from government to restore Mauri north of Matapouri Beach

The money comes from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

$3.6m to boost tourism in Canterbury

Millions will be invested into rubbish bins, toilets and camping facilities in a bid to improve tourism throughout Canterbury.

Christchurch Airport grows against national trend

Christchurch Airport’s annual visitor arrival growth between July and May is 8.5 per cent. 

Tauranga tourism gets support from national body

The national tourism body has thrown support behind Tauranga sector leaders.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of July with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Batch tasks to boost productivity (here’s how)

Posted on 24/07/2019 by

Batching similar tasks together is an excellent way to stay organised.

When you study from home, you’re not only in charge of your own learning – you’re also in charge of time management, administration, technology, email communication, and all of the other little things that come with remote study.

If you’re not careful, you could find yourself spending an entire ‘study day’ doing tasks like emailing your tutors, updating your laptop or smartphone, or making tweaks to your study schedule.

Before you know it, you’ve lost a whole day to ‘admin work’ that’s not actually getting you much closer to completing your assignments.

This type of work is still important, but only if you manage your time wisely.

The magic answer? Batching tasks.

When you batch similar tasks together, you’ll boost productivity and save precious time wasted on switching between jobs.

And the best part is, batching tasks is easy. All it requires is a little forward-planning and a dash of discipline – two things you’ll already be good at as a study from home student.

Here are some tips.

Identify common tasks

The first step to becoming a task-batching-master is identifying which little jobs are similar. Review all of your responsibilities and categorise them under similar titles. 

For example, ‘admin’ might involve email and computer updates; ‘research’ could be for doing research work about your assignments, and ‘review’ could be for doing the final proofread over your work before you submit it to your tutors. 

Set email boundaries

Many successful entrepreneurs only check emails once a day at a specific time (for example, every morning at 9 am). Then, for the rest of the day they close their inbox to focus on other tasks – in your case, actually studying.

Of course, whether or not you can ignore your email will depend on the communication with your tutor and how much support you require. If you’re considering setting boundaries around email, it’s a good idea to speak to your tutor first.

Batch tasks by hour

If it’s too hard to clear an entire day to focus on one type of task, try batching tasks by hour, instead. You’ll still get the productivity benefits of grouping certain types of tasks together, while also doing a variety of work each day.

Incorporate batching into your study schedule

By now you’ll know that your study schedule is your golden document – the weekly or fortnightly calendar which tells you exactly when you’ll fit study in around your other commitments, such as work or family.

Once you’ve batched your tasks, layer these into your study schedule. For example, make Monday a day for doing research, Wednesday a day for concentrating on your assignments, Thursday a day for revising your work, etc.

Don’t give up! 

Sometimes, it won’t be possible to batch tasks. Other days, interruptions will appear out of nowhere. The trick to long-term success is to get back into the routine of task batching even after a rough day or week.

Remember: it’s what you do most of the time that counts the most. So don’t let one challenging day throw off your entire month.

Would you like to learn more about studying from home with ITC? Get in touch today to learn how we can help get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start. 

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3 things distance learning students can learn from remote workers

Posted on 17/07/2019 by

Sharpen your Study From Home skills with inspiration from remote workers.

Studying From Home has a lot in common with working from home. Both involve high levels of motivation and self-discipline, as well as excellent time management skills. 

Here are three things distance learning students can learn from remote workers.

1. Pick up the phone

When working or studying from home, it can be easy to rely too much on email, instant messaging or text. 

Instead, carve out time in your schedule to talk to your tutors or your classmates on the phone or via video conferencing software such as Zoom.

Talking on the phone is the closest you can get to face-to-face contact. You can pick up on people’s tone-of-voice, mood, and it’s a much faster way of discussing complicated information.

Plus, it’ll help you feel connected to the world outside your home’s four walls, which is always a bonus!

2. Make sure your tech is reliable

You know what makes it almost impossible to study or work from home? A broken laptop or slow internet speed.

When you choose to study remotely, your technology is important.

While we’re not suggesting you rush out and purchase the latest and greatest laptop, at least make sure your current model is equipped to meet the course requirements.

If you’re not sure what you need, send one of our tutors an email or give us a call – we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the course requirements and help you assess whether your current technology can bear the load.

3. Find out how you study best

Everyone is different. Some people study best first thing in the morning, other people are night owls that come alive after 8 pm. 

Figuring out how you study best will be a gamechanger for your productivity. Once you know your ‘best hours’, you can rearrange your schedule to suit, essentially allowing you to get more done in less time. 

Are you interested in studying from home with ITC? Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start. 

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Tips for setting ‘Half Year Resolutions’

Posted on 10/07/2019 by

With less than six months to go until the end of 2019, now is the perfect time to review your New Year Resolutions.

Happy Half Year!

We’re just over halfway through 2019, which makes now a fantastic time to review your New Year Resolutions and set some ‘Half Year Resolutions’ for the next six months.

Here are some tips to help you make the next six months count.

1. Review your 2019 goals

Dust off your goals from January and see how you’re tracking. Have you ticked off any goals from the list? Are you yet to start some? Are there goals you no longer care about? Update your list to reflect your current mindset.

2. Make a plan

A goal without action is just a dream. Make a plan to achieve your goal by blocking off time in your calendar, arranging the required meetings, or talking to people who can help. Make it your mission to do at least one thing towards achieving your goals by the end of the week. 

3. Set yourself some rewards

What will motivate you to work harder? Set yourself a reward for when you achieve your goal to inspire you to put in the effort. Put your goals and their associated rewards somewhere you see them every day so you stay focussed. 

Is one of your goals to study airline, travel or tourism? ITC Study From Home has qualifications starting on 29 July. Get in touch today to learn more. 

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In memory of our cherished colleague Richard Euston

Posted on 27/06/2019 by

Richard Euston was a cherished colleague and friend and we all miss him so much.

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the sudden death of Richard Euston. Richard was the Team Leader of our Study From Home team, and had been at ITC since 2015. He was a dedicated team member who always went above and beyond for his students, he loved hearing about their success and was genuinely devoted to helping people into the industry he loved.

He was the most diligent, hard-working and amiable guy who we all loved working with, and he would happily accept all challenges. He was also funny, smart, humble, resourceful and the most flexible of people, nothing was too much trouble.

We will all miss him so much. Everyone he worked with cherished his humour, good heart and caring nature. We are so saddened, shocked and our love and thoughts are with Stacey and his family.

Richard’s life will be celebrated on Saturday 29th June – 11am Howick Funeral Home. All students are welcome to attend and pay their respects.

This is also a very sad time for the ITC team as we have lost a cherished colleague and friend, so thank you in advance for your kind words, love and understanding.

We also understand that many of you may be feeling shocked and grieved by this news. If you would like to speak to someone, please call Lifeline (open 24/7) on 0800 543 354.

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Regional tourism highlights: June

Posted on 26/06/2019 by

The government’s investment in rail transport could be a good thing for regional tourism.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

It may be the first month of winter, but the New Zealand tourism industry continues to heat up – there’s been plenty of exciting news around the country.

Here are some of the top regional tourism headlines from June.

Exciting times as Budget Investment gets rail back on track

More money for rail transport is good news for New Zealand, says the chief executive of KiwiRail. 

Queenstown and Wanaka vote in favour of visitor levy

Over 80% of voters support the plan to impose a visitor levy in Queenstown and Wanaka. 

Backyard tourism: Police museum great Porirua drawcard

The police museum is well worth a visit to Porirua, says Piers Fuller in this edition of ‘Backyard tourism’. 

Fiordland lobster snaps China trade win

Fiordland Lobster Company was the Supreme winner at the New Zealand China Trade Association awards this month.

Tararua to receive $4.4 million for Dannevirke rail centre

Funding for the centre comes from the Provincial Growth Fund for Hawke’s Bay.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of July with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Tips for studying from home during the school holidays

Posted on 19/06/2019 by

The school holidays are just around the corner – below are some tips to help you prepare.

If you study from home with school-aged children, you’ll know the July school holidays are just around the corner.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the interruptions to your study schedule the school holidays will likely bring.

1. Get ahead (if possible)

With just under three weeks until the school holidays begin, try to use this time to get ahead on your studies. Can you put in some extra hours (even on the weekends) so that you can enjoy the holidays with your kids? The extra work now will be worth it once that school bell rings and you can take a two-week study break.

2. Create an amended school holiday study schedule

Your study schedule is going to look a little different during the school holidays – make sure you update it so you go into each day with a clear direction, instead of assuming you’ll be able to get the same amount of work done as when your kids are at school. Having a clear, realistic plan will help you feel less overwhelmed.

3. Talk to your kids about your study

Spend some time explaining to your kids that you might need to study a bit during the school holidays. Talking about it in the lead-up will mean it comes as less of a shock when the holidays arrive. If they are old enough, ask what they’d like to do while you study. For example, would they like that to be movie time each day or would they like to colour in alongside you?

4. Call on your village

Now is the time to see if anyone is available to help out with childcare over the school holidays. Could your kids spend some time at their grandparents or with a family friend? Could you do play-date swaps with other parents from school, where you invite their kids over to play one day and they have your kids the next?

5. Adjust your expectations

As awesome as it is to have the kids at home for two weeks, the school holidays can be tiring. Try to adjust your expectations and acknowledge that things might not run perfectly to plan – and that’s okay. If you think they will dramatically impact your studies, please talk to your tutor for advice and to discuss options.

One of the best things about studying from home is you can balance parenthood with studying. We have courses starting at the end of July (after the school holiday chaos!) – please get in touch if you’d like more information.

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Backyard tourism gets a big tick from SFH student

Posted on 12/06/2019 by

Lake Tekapo – one of the incredible destinations in Jacqueline’s corner of New Zealand.

Have you heard of backyard tourism?

It’s means being a tourist in your own backyard. In other words, taking the time to explore the country you live in as a visitor would.

That’s exactly what Jacqueline Buksh, a Study From Home student, recently did.

A few weeks ago, she embarked on a road trip with her family from her hometown of Christchurch. She says the road trip was all the more incredible thanks to her studies.

“I drove my family to Wanaka for the weekend and, I must say, if it wasn’t for the research I had to do with one of my assignments (as part of the Destination NZ units), I would have never known much about what the South Island had to offer in terms of tourist destinations,” says Jacqueline.

The Destination NZ and Tourism Destination units help students better understand the country’s top tourism towns, cities, and attractions.

Jacqueline certainly picked a good route for her road trip, covering popular destinations such as Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, and Arrowtown.

“We left Christchurch at 4 am in time to watch the sunrise of Lake Tekapo. You have got to experience it to truly appreciate the beauty,” she explains.

“We enjoyed breakfast in Lake Tekapo, continued on to Wanaka and had enough time to check out Puzzling World. The maze was fun, especially for the kids. We also checked out the Illusions Room, which was awesome!” she adds.

That concluded day one of the family’s weekend road trip. The next day, they went to Arrowtown.

“Our trip to Arrowtown was unplanned and we were surprised to find the Arrowtown Autumn Festival was on. We explored the town and visited the museum. It was so worth the trip.”

Finally, to round out their epic adventure, they also made time to visit Queenstown.

“I can say I was not disappointed at all. The scenic drive is breathtaking! And Fergburger is a must-do when visiting the South Island.”

Overall, Jacqueline had a magnificent time exploring nearby towns and cities.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, we’d highly encourage you to jump in the car and see where the road takes you!

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Struggling to study? Tips for becoming a better learner

Posted on 05/06/2019 by

Studying doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but like every skill, it can be learned.

Many people struggle to study. Everyone learns in different ways and at a different pace, and it’s okay to find studying hard.

The important thing to remember is: you can learn how to become a better learner.

Like anything, studying is a skill. With some practice, healthy habits, and a good dose of motivation, you can improve your ability to study.

At least, that’s what a professor from Oakland University in Michigan recently spoke about in an interview with NZ publication Education Central.

According to Professor Barbara Oakley, one of the best things that can help students who struggle to study is to understand how their brain works.

Some people have a strong working memory that allows them to learn lots of things quickly, while other people can’t retain information as easily and need to employ other memory techniques to learn.

Professor Oakley says she’s saddened when she sees students give up on themselves.

“It’s just because they don’t understand how their brain works. They don’t realise that if they don’t grab it quickly, they can still learn it very well and sometimes even more deeply.”

In other words: learning quickly doesn’t make you a better learner. It’s just the way your brain is wired. Even if something takes you a long time to learn, it doesn’t mean you’re not a ‘good student’.

Professor Oakley has a few tips for people who struggle to study.

  • Be creative. “If your brain isn’t naturally geared – you can be more creative!”
  • Take breaks.Even a few minutes of break can really be helpful for students.”
  • Study often. “For example what happens when you learn something with your teacher but you don’t practice it for another two weeks? Well, your little synaptic janitor comes and sweeps away some of the connections! And that’s why you can’t understand when you are looking at it again.”
  • Don’t give up. “Persistence is key.”

 

Would you like to learn more about studying from home? Get in touch today to learn about our qualifications and the support available.

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Regional tourism highlights: May

Posted on 29/05/2019 by

The tourism boom continues to attract more visitors to the regions, especially to popular resort towns such as Queenstown.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

May has been another big month for New Zealand tourism, especially with TRENZ in Rotorua.

Here are some of the top headlines from around the country.

Auckland to Cambridge motorway due for completion next year
Motorists will soon be able to drive 100km from Auckland to Cambridge on a four-lane highway without passing through Hamilton. The motorway is due for completion next year and will likely boost tourism to the region.

Auckland Bungy: Could the city’s new bridge be a tourism attraction?
Hamilton Council is exploring the possibility of adding a bungy platform to a new bridge across the Waikato River.

New Holiday Inn planned for Queenstown as tourists flock to the region
IHG is set to open a new Holiday Inn in Queenstown as the tourism boom continues.

Queenstown sets the stage for Travel Bootcamp this spring
The Travel Bootcamp (an event for travel content creators, bloggers, and social media experts) will be hosted in Queenstown for the first time this spring.

Dunedin a hit with cruise ship passengers
Almost 153,000 cruise ship passengers visited Dunedin and surrounds during the cruise season, bringing much tourism to the city.

Local Focus: Rotorua tourism shines at TRENZ
In May, Rotorua once again hosted TRENZ – the tourism industry’s biggest annual trade show. The city impressed domestic and international visitors alike with its tourism offerings.

Air New Zealand and ChristchurchNZ inspire NZers to visit the city
Air New Zealand and ChristchurchNZ have together launched a new campaign designed to encourage more New Zealanders to visit the city.

Dates announced for TRENZ 2020 in Christchurch
Tourism Industry Aotearoa has revealed that TRENZ 2020 will be held at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, 18-21 May 2020.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of June with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Student interview: Marise Barrett

Posted on 22/05/2019 by

Meet Marise Barrett, a recent SFH graduate who now works as a travel agent for Helloworld.

Every month, we interview a Study From Home student (past or present) to provide insight on what it’s like to study travel and tourism from home with ITC.

This month, we spoke to recent graduate Marise Barrett who is now working at Helloworld in New Plymouth.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and bred in Taranaki and grew up in the big smoke of Hawera. I’m now living and working in New Plymouth at Helloworld. I LOVE MY JOB. Moving to the travel industry was the best thing I’ve done. Previous to working at Helloworld, I was working in the building industry for 12 years. It’s safe to say changing careers has been a HUGE but rewarding change.

I’ve been married to my husband Daniel for four years and I couldn’t have studied from home without his support. There were a few weekends where I was stuck in my assignment or coursework. Needless to say, when I told him I got the job he was just as excited as I was! It look about six days from when I applied until I got the phone call offering me the job.

We have a few nephews and nieces who keep us on our toes. I love getting out and about in the weekends, whether it be in New Plymouth along the walkways, hanging out with friends or getting away in our little campervan. We are always on the go.

What inspired you to study from home with ITC?

I have wanted to work in the travel and tourism industry for quite some time. About six years ago I did a Diploma in Business Administration because I could not find a course that was done via correspondence for Travel. I saw an ad pop up on my Facebook page for ITC. I looked into it a bit more, contemplated doing it and not doing it. I sat on the fence for a long time because I wasn’t sure about going back to study again. But it was the best decision I ever made.

What qualification(s) did you complete?

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3) with a Strand in Tourism and Travel and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel (Level 4).

What did you enjoy most about studying at ITC?

Meeting the other people on my course, the course work, and all the support from the ITC tutors. There was no such thing as a stupid question!

What travel destinations are on your wishlist?

Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Rarotonga, Europe (London – to see Big Ben and the Shakespeare House, Paris – to see the Eiffel Tower), Scotland, New York, the Greek Islands, the Maldives, Tahiti. Possibly the whole world! But these are my top destinations.

Do you have any tips for people thinking about studying at ITC?

If you’re passionate about travel, then just do it! Take the plunge. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done. Now I’m in a job where I can see I LOVE my work.

Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?

Never be afraid to ask what you think is a silly question, the tutors are always there to help you. Never be afraid to move ahead with your assignments. Don’t wait for your assignment to be marked before starting the next course, as you never know what might come up in life where you don’t want to worry about your assignments. If you get ahead, then you won’t need to worry so much about falling behind.

Are you inspired by Marise’s story? ITC Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism courses.

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How a food routine could help you study smarter

Posted on 15/05/2019 by

Being organised when it comes to food can help you be more productive on your study days.

One of the undisputed perks of studying from home is having all-day access to the fridge, pantry, and kettle.

However, is your kitchen proving to be more of a distraction than a benefit?

Studying from home can throw your entire schedule out of whack – including your meal times.

A good tip is to try to stick to a regular, consistent eating routine. Try to take regular meal breaks as if you were in class or in an office. For example, start your day with breakfast, take a lunch break, and take short breaks for morning tea and afternoon tea.

This might not sound like rocket science, but taking regular breaks to refuel is great for your brain, your energy levels, and your productivity.

Another tip is to meal plan. Knowing what you’re going to eat each day (and when) will save you valuable time staring into the fridge. It’ll also stop you from procrastinating and doing a 2-hour cook up on a study day.

Unlike when you study in a classroom or work in an office, you can’t just nip out to grab a takeaway lunch (unless you happen to live next door to some shops!). So, it’s also important to keep your fridge and pantry well-stocked with quick meals that are good for your brain.

You could also use your eating routine as an opportunity to socialise with friends and family. When you have a consistent routine, you can let family members know that you’ll be breaking for lunch at 12.30 pm every day – and that’s when they should call or visit.

Following an eating routine may seem a little strange at first, especially if you’re used to all-day snacking. But, after a few days, you’ll likely notice huge improvements in your mood and productivity levels.

As with most things about studying from home, it really comes down to creating and following a clear, achievable study plan. The study plan is at the heart of everything!

If you need help with your study plan, check out our article: How to create a study plan (and stick to it).

Are you thinking about studying from home? Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Make May the month you kickstart your tourism career

Posted on 01/05/2019 by

Jump into the exciting world of airline, travel and tourism this month by contacting ITC Study From Home today.

Think you have to wait until 2020 to start studying towards a qualification in airline, travel or tourism

Think again!

We have three qualifications starting next month, which means you could have a qualification under your belt by the end of the year (our Level 3 and Level 4 courses take around 20 weeks to complete if you study full time).

Make May the month you take action by reaching out to us to discuss your study options and secure your place on one of our upcoming June courses.

Here’s an overview of the qualifications that start next month.

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

A fantastic introduction to the world of travel and tourism, with modules on destination geography, customer service, cabin crew training, and more. Includes one in-person workshop in Auckland at the start of the course, but then you can study from home at your own pace from anywhere in New Zealand. You can also complete the workshop via video conference if it’s too difficult to travel to Auckland.

This course takes 20 weeks to complete if you study full-time or 40 weeks if you study part-time. We have courses starting in June, July and September. Find out more today.

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3

Dream of working at an airport or for an airline? This is the qualification for you. This course has a strong focus on aviation, covering topics such as airport security, passenger handling, airline operations, aircraft types, and cabin crew training. The aim of this qualification is to help you feel more confident and knowledgeable when applying for jobs in the competitive airline and aviation industry.

The Level 3 with a Strand in Aviation takes 20 weeks to complete if you study full-time or 40 weeks if you study part-time. It includes an in-person workshop at the beginning, which is a great opportunity to meet your classmates. Find out more today.

New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

Take your existing travel and tourism knowledge to the next level with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4. This is an ideal qualification for students who already have some experience in the sector (perhaps from work experience or from studying tourism at school) and want to build on their skills. Many of our Level 3 students also pathway into this course to get a more comprehensive education.

The course has a strong international focus and covers topics such as online fares and ticketing, reservations, Amadeus, and the cruise ship industry. It also includes a CV and Career workshop to help you prepare for job interviews and applications. Find out more today.

Need some help figuring out which qualification is right for you? Send us a message or give us a call – we’d be happy to talk you through your options. You can contact us here.

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Regional tourism highlights: April

Posted on 24/04/2019 by

The Wairarapa region is being dubbed as an ‘undiscovered gem’.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

Can you believe it’s nearly May already?

April was a big month for New Zealand tourism, with plenty of positive news to report from around the country.

Here are some of the top regional tourism headlines.

Queenstown tour operator given $900k funding boost

Destination Queenstown’s budget has been increased by close to $1 million, signalling this tourist hot spot will receive more investment in the near future.

Tourism workers in high demand as visitor numbers surge

The demand for skilled tourism workers is still high around the country, Newstalk ZB reports.

The Luminaries TV series tipped to be tourism ‘gold’ for Westland

Filming is underway for the television adaptations of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, a Booker Prize winning novel set in Hokitika.

TIA calls for govt to use GST to fund local govt tourism activities

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is recommending that the Government considers using GST to fund local tourism activities and infrastructure.

Wellington tourism campaign offers to make you younger

Apparently, a trip to the capital could turn back the clock.

Wairarapa tourism matures with a new online tourism campaign

A new video targeting Australian tourists hopes to attract more visitors to this region, which is being dubbed as an ‘undiscovered gem’.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of May with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Tips for enjoying public holidays when you have to study

Posted on 17/04/2019 by

Maybe you could plan a fun Easter egg hunt for after you’ve done a few hours of study.

Do you plan on studying over the long weekend?

When you study from home, it can be difficult to switch off and enjoy public holidays – it’s not like your ‘classroom’ is closed!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your long weekend special. Even if you have to do some study, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy Easter, too.

Here are our tips for studying on a public holiday.

Reduce your study hours if possible

What’s the bare minimum you need to do to stay on top of your workload? See if you can reduce your study hours slightly so you can enjoy some quality time with your friends and family.

Of course, we would never encourage falling behind – so it’s really up to you to make a sensible decision here. But if you think you can afford to take a short break, go for it! Short holidays are really beneficial to your mental health and overall wellbeing. You’ll return to your studies feeling refreshed and even stronger.

Set yourself holiday-themed rewards

A mini chocolate egg for every page you read or write? A family Easter egg hunt if your kids leave you to study in peace for a few hours? An Easter movie night if you meet your study goals? Make the most of the Easter spirit – you might just find it helps you to stay motivated and energised. And if in doubt, chocolate always helps!

Mix up your study routine

Even if you always study on a Saturday morning, it might feel harder when it’s a long weekend – you’ll probably feel a bit out of sorts. Instead of sticking to your normal study routine, mix it up a bit. This will help you feel less like a fish out of water! And it will help you accept that this weekend might feel a little different, and that’s okay.

Consider using the holiday to get ahead

If you haven’t got many plans for Easter, you could actually use this time to get ahead in your studies. The short-term pain could be worth the long-term gain of finishing your qualification slightly earlier. Plus, you can always plan another four-day weekend once you’ve completed your studies.

Cut yourself some slack

Easter is an important holiday for many people, especially those of certain faiths. If you have a busy weekend with friends and family, try not to spend the whole time stressing about your studies – public holidays only come around every once and awhile, so it’s important to enjoy them if they are meaningful to you. If you’re really anxious about meeting your deadlines, chat to your tutors – they might have some further tips to help you stay on top of your workload.

Whatever you have in store for Easter, we hope you enjoy it and strike the perfect study-leisure balance for you. Happy holidays!

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Three game-changing time management tips to try today

Posted on 03/04/2019 by

Did you know the best time of the day to complete your most challenging tasks is first thing in the morning?

You’ve seen the meme: ‘We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce’.

The point? It’s what you do with those hours that’s important.

To make the most of your precious time, you need to become a time management expert.

Here are three game-changing time management tips to try today, to help you channel your inner Beyonce and achieve your dreams and goals!

1. Set a time limit for each task

How often do you start an assignment without any idea how long it will take to complete? A wise person once said that “work expands to fill the time available”. Meaning that, if you give yourself all day to complete a task, it will take all day – even if the task only needed three hours.

The trick here is to try to avoid giving yourself too long to complete tasks. Be honest about how long the task should take and set a time limit to reflect that. If you think you can finish an assignment in four hours, set a timer for four hours and try your best to hit that goal. This will help you avoid any unnecessary distractions, like scrolling your phone or watching telly. Setting time limits ensures you stay focused and productive.

2. Do your most important tasks first

Have you heard of MITs? MIT stands for ‘most important task’ – and these are the tasks you should be doing first thing in the morning. The challenge? Often, your most important tasks are not the easiest tasks. For example, an MIT could be to proofread an assignment, tackle a tricky question or record a video presentation. MITs are usually a little bit daunting, which is exactly why you should do them first!

When you don’t do your MITs first, you will procrastinate them all day and spend your time doing less important tasks – like emailing people back and forth or browsing the internet. You might convince yourself that you’re studying, but unless you’re working on your MITs, you’re probably not actually getting any closer to finishing your qualification. If you start your day with your MITs, you will be amazed at how much more you get done.

3. Say no to multitasking

Multitasking is clever, right? Actually, not really! Studies show that multitasking significantly reduces your productivity. You might be doing a lot of things at once, but you’re probably doing an average job of every task. But if you focus on one task at a time, you will probably do a fantastic job – because you won’t be distracted.

In today’s world, multitasking is everywhere. Multitasking is simply having your emails open or your phone in front of you while you’re writing an assignment. If there is anything that distracts you from the task in front of you, then you are multitasking! Try to minimise all distractions and focus wholeheartedly on one task at a time (and that includes putting your phone away while you study).

Want more time management tips?

At ITC Study From Home, you’ll learn about more than just airline, travel and tourism (although this will be the main focus, of course!). You’ll also learn how to become a master of time management. Our tutors have amazing tips and tricks for making the most of your precious time, and will be on-hand to guide you when you need advice and support. Get in touch today to learn more about studying from home with ITC.

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ITC student shares her best tips for combining work and study

Posted on 27/03/2019 by

Working in a customer service job while you study is a great way to set yourself up for success when you graduate.

One great perk about studying from home is the flexibility to work while you study.

However, combining study and work can be a challenge – after all, there are only so many hours in the day!

According to ITC student Casey Stare, the challenge is worth it. Casey works part-time at a hotel and studies at ITC’s Christchurch campus.

Although Casey studies in the classroom (not via distance learning), she has some excellent time management tips for on-campus and Study From Home students alike.

Below she shares her best tips for combining work and study.

Adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’

“I will admit, it is exhausting and can be frustrating if I have homework or I just want to sleep, but it’s worth it. Ruby (my tutor) reminds me that I’m so lucky to already be working in the tourism industry and she’s correct.”

Become a time management whizz

“It is all about time management. I never used to be good at this, but now I plan almost everything. My notes on my phone are filled with things that need to be organised and once they are done, I will tick them off. If I have homework, this is my main priority.”

Write lists

“Having a list of things that need to be done really helps me because then I can physically see it. I even write down things like: friends I haven’t caught up with for awhile or cleaning my car or tidying my room. Since I work and study, I feel like I never have time for these things so I try to tick them off one-by-one.”

Be organised

“Being organised before work or class is a huge help. If I know I’m working, I’ll make sure my uniform is clean and that I have everything I need, so when I leave course there can be a smooth transition to work, and vice versa. If I finish work late and start studying early the next morning, I prepare my morning tea, bag, and what I’m going to wear the next day before work so there’s no stress.”

Aim to be early

“I never used to be this type of person! I was never organised! But most of the time now I’m 10 minutes early to class and 10 minutes early to work because I have taught myself about time management and the importance of being prepared.”

Keep your eyes on your end goal

“You really need to be determined and keep your eyes on the end goal. I think it’s very important to work while you study, the money is a big plus but working in the travel industry is all about customer service experience. I know after finishing this course I will be able to apply for tourism jobs and go straight into the industry because I have the customer service experience behind me.”

Are you inspired by Casey’s story? Get in touch to see how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Student interview: Kylie Harris from Wairarapa

Posted on 13/03/2019 by

Meet Kylie Harris, a Study From Home graduate from Carterton.

Every month, we interview a Study From Home student (past or present) to provide insight on what it’s like to study travel and tourism from home with ITC.

This month, we spoke to Kylie Harris who recently completed the Certificate in Travel and Tourism with a strand in Aviation (Level 3).

Kylie has an illness that prevented her from attending in-person classes, which made ITC Study From Home the perfect fit.

Thanks to distance learning, she was able to complete her qualification from the comfort of her home in Carterton, Wairarapa.

Below, she gives us an insight into her journey so far, as well as shares some tips for students considering studying from home with ITC.

What inspired you to study travel and tourism?

I really enjoyed studying tourism in school and liked the thought of being a flight attendant.

What did you enjoy most about studying from home?

The ability to control your schedule. Being sick meant I had certain times of my day that I could study, and those times were ever-changing. It was great to know I wouldn’t fall behind and I could catch up in my own time.

Did you find anything challenging about studying from home?

The hardest part was probably self-motivation, but that’s easy to get past once you get into the groove of studying.

Do you have any tips for students who are thinking about studying from home?

  • Make sure to take breaks.
  • Set yourself a really good timetable.
  • Have time away from the computer.

 
ITC Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Study From Home graduate wins prestigious cruise industry award

Posted on 06/03/2019 by

Shelley Williams was named Rising Star NZ by the Cruise Line International Association at a glitzy awards evening in Sydney.

A few weeks ago, we revealed that Shelley Williams – a Study From Home graduate and the director of Clevedon Travel – was up for a prestigious award at the CLIAsWe can now share the fantastic news that Shelley won the Rising Star NZ Award at a glitzy awards ceremony in Sydney in late February. Below, Shelley gives a personal account of the awards night, including how she felt the moment she realised she won. 

The awards night was very glam and red carpet-like. The before-dinner drinks were sponsored by Ponant and served by women in burlesque outfits in counter-type outfits that they wore like dresses and would pick up and move around. There were 500 guests from CLIA, cruise lines and travel agencies from around Australia and New Zealand.

There were table plans up by the doors and I could see I was at table 12 – in the second row of tables. I think there were 52 tables! The Star venue in Pyrmont was super glamorous and set up very beautifully. There were booklets made up for the event listing all the nominees and congratulatory messages from sponsors, as well as the order of events. At my place setting was a finalist certificate for me. The sales managers for Carnival & Princess/P & O/Cunard for New Zealand were at my table (I was invited as a guest by their company), so it was great chatting to them (and getting to see a few advance photos of upcoming ship features).

The MC for the evening was Tim Campbell (he was on Home & Away & Dancing with the Stars). He started the night with a fantastic rendition of ‘Let Me Entertain You’ which was the theme of the night. We had our entrée served at the table & a few awards before Rising Star was announced.

I had no idea in advance I was going to win so it was a surprise when they said my name. It was up on the big screen and everything! I made my way to the stage quickly and accepted my award from the sponsor, Tony Smith of Francis Travel Marketing. Thankfully there were no speeches necessary, just a photo on stage. Then they whisked me away for photos and a little later came back to grab me to record a podcast for CLIA.

After dinner, we had The Boys in the Band play and I swear most of the 500 guests were up dancing – they were so good even I got up and danced (and I didn’t even dance at my own wedding). Then we had the ‘main’ awards for cruise consultant & agencies before a dessert buffet and another band that went until 1am – way past my bedtime.

Since the awards night, I’ve been contacted by quite a few cruise companies offering congratulations and help with marketing which is amazing and much appreciated.

I’d like to aim for a cruise consultant or cruise champion trophy next year, but they are super tough categories so I’ll just have to try my hardest and hope for the best!

Are you inspired by Shelley’s success? ITC Study From Home is enrolling now with courses starting in April. Get in touch today to find out how we can get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Regional tourism highlights: February

Posted on 27/02/2019 by

Russell, Bay of Islands. Northland has been in the spotlight this month, with at least three headlines focusing on this region.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

February has been another bumper month for regional tourism news, with plenty of events (big and small) happening around the country.

Northland in particular has had a busy month, with everything from its new ad starring a Game of Thrones actor to the Hundertwasser toilet block getting news coverage.

Here are the regional headlines that caught our attention this month.

Game of Thrones and Shortland Street stars in new ad promoting Northland

Air New Zealand and Northland Inc have teamed up to promote Northland this summer. They’ve recruited stars from Game of Thrones and Shortland Street to star in a new commercial which showcases some of Northland’s most spectacular sights.

Toilet tourism: Hundertwasser’s Kawakawa throne is flush with visitors

Did you know 250,000 tourists a year head north to Kawakawa to visit a famous toilet block? The Hundertwasser toilet block has become an unlikely source of tourism for the far north.

World wine writers put Northland on the map

Wine writers from around the world recently visited Russell, where they spent two days visiting wineries and sampling local wines. Many are hopeful that the coverage will attract more wine tourism to Northland.

Queenstown working on a local visitor tax on top of government levy

Queenstown may introduce another tax for tourists, such as a bed tax or a wider levy across businesses, to help manage strong tourism growth in the city and relieve some of the pressure on infrastructure.

Skyline Queenstown’s redevelopment approved

The multi-million dollar redevelopment of Skyline Queenstown has been granted resource consent by The Environment Court. The redevelopment includes a new gondola, carpark, and lower terminal building.

Iconic Art Deco festival makes waves overseas

The Hawke’s Bay Art Deco Festival has attracted international attention, as well as significant domestic interest. Hawke’s Bay Tourism estimates that 40,000 people attended the festival over five days.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of February with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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How to study in noisy places (yes, it’s possible!)

Posted on 13/02/2019 by

A pair of noise-cancelling headphones can be a great investment for studying. You’ll also use them a lot when you travel, so the purchase won’t go to waste. 

In a perfect world, you’d be able to study from home in idyllic peace and quiet, with nothing but the birds chirping in the trees for background noise.

Unfortunately, study doesn’t always work out that way. Many Study From Home students are juggling study with busy family lives, part-time work, and other demands. This means that sometimes you might find yourself needing to do some study in a noisy environment.

But all is not lost – here are five hacks for studying in noisy places.

1. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones

If you are often in noisy environments, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones could be the best investment you’ll ever make. Not only will they help to drown out the background noise, they’ll also be worth their weight in gold next time you’re on an airplane.

2. Set expectations with family members

See if you can convince your kids to enjoy some ‘quiet time’ when you need to study. This might sound like an impossible task, but you never know unless you try! It might help to get creative. For example, you could buy them a special set of colouring books or paints that only come out when you need to study, or perhaps you could choose a TV show they could watch with headphones in for half an hour while you review your notes.

3. Choose easy tasks when you’re in a noisy environment

If you know you’re going to be in a noisy environment, write an ‘easy’ to-do list for that day. Pick tasks you’ll be able to achieve even if you’re a bit distracted, like emailing your tutors for advice or brainstorming ideas for your next assignment.

4. Listen to music

Some music is excellent for studying, such as classical music or house music (without lyrics). Put your earphones in and drown out the noise with some relaxing Bach or Beethoven! Check out our blog ‘Music to study by’ for inspiration.

5. Focus on your assignments, not the noise

When you’re in a noisy environment, it’s easy to focus on the source of the noise. Instead, see if you can use all your mental energy to focus on the task at-hand. If you achieve a deep level of concentration, you’ll find the noise will fade away into the background because you’ll be so absorbed on your assignment. It’s difficult to sustain this level of concentration for long periods of time, but it is possible if you try hard enough. Hint: it’s easier if you’re really, truly interested in the topic you’re studying.

Would you like the flexibility to Study From Home with ITC? Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Regional Tourism Highlights: Jan 2019

Posted on 30/01/2019 by

Stewart Island made headlines this month when it was named one of the only five International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

Welcome to the first Regional Tourism News Update of the year. As expected, 2019 has got off to a busy start, with plenty happening all around the country.

Here are some of the top regional tourism headlines for the month.

Rise in DOC spending aimed at educating tourists

The Department of Conservation is investing more money in educating tourists in the hope they will not harm New Zealand’s environment over summer.

Stewart Island tourism ready to capitalise on dark sky status

Stewart Island has been recognised as one of only five International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world; a recognition that’s expected to help drive local tourism.

The best NZ regions to visit in 2019

Did your region make this list from Stuff.co.nz?

Hobbiton applies to increase tourist numbers

Matamata could see even more tourists coming through town if Hobbiton’s bid to increase tourist numbers is successful.

The numbers stack up on Wellington runway extension

In this opinion article, Stuff.co.nz columnist provides an update on the latest happenings (or non-happenings) of the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension.

Cycleway for Manawatu-Hawkes Bay highway a step closer

Transport officials are considering a cycleway as part of the Manawatu Gorge replacement road.

Ambitious changes planned for Milford Sound

Changes could be afoot for tourists visiting Milford Sound, according to Newsroom journalist David Williams. Could tourists have to pay more to visit this attraction in the near future?

How art tourism could put Whanganui on the map

The art scene in Whanganui could help drive more ‘arty tourists’ to the city.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of February with more updates. If you want to stay up-to-date in real time, please subscribe to our Industry News Bulletin.

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Airline, Travel or Tourism: What will you study in 2019?

Posted on 23/01/2019 by

Wondering what to study in 2019? One of our airline, travel or tourism qualifications could be perfect for you.

As far as we’re concerned, there are only three career choices worth considering: Airline, Travel or Tourism.

Okay, we might be a little biased!!

But in all seriousness, these are three epic career paths that offer incredible opportunities for professional growth and development.

New Zealand’s Airline, Travel and Tourism industry is booming, with more workers than ever before needed around the country to keep up with the increasing number of international tourists visiting our shores.

So, if you’re unsure what to study in 2019, one of these three topics could be a great choice, with high chances of employment on completion, and ample opportunities all around the country.

Here is an overview of each qualification. These courses start on February 18 so get in touch soon to secure your space.

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

This course is the perfect introduction to the tourism industry, covering topics such as:

  • New Zealand destination geography
  • Customer service skills (customised for the industry)
  • Cabin Crew training (ITC Online Certificate)
  • And so much more

 
The course includes one full-day on-campus workshop (optional) which is a wonderful way to connect with other students and get to know your tutors.

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

This course is an ideal follow-on from the Level 3 qualification. If you want a comprehensive education in all things Airline, Tourism and Travel, combining the Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications into one year of study is the way to go.

In the Level 4 qualification, you’ll learn:

  • International destination geography
  • Online ticketing systems such as Amadeus
  • Cruise ship training (ITC Online Certificate)
  • Advanced customer service skills (customised for the industry)
  • And so much more

 
Combining the Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications will give you so much confidence in your skills, abilities, and knowledge of the tourism industry. Once you’ve graduated, watch out employers!

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3

Do you dream of working at an airport or for an airline? When you know, you know. And if you know that’s what you want to do with your career, then this qualification is an ideal place to start.

You’ll learn about all things Aviation, including:

  • Flight attendant training
  • Cabin crew training (ITC Online Certificate)
  • Airport security
  • Passenger handling
  • Airline operations
  • Aircraft types
  • And much more

 
This course includes a full-day workshop at either our Auckland City or Botany campus, an ideal opportunity to meet your tutors and fellow students, and also to check out our Airport Training Centre.

So, which course will you choose? Get in touch today for more information, we’d love to hear from you!

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How to get back into study mode after summer

Posted on 09/01/2019 by

Returning to study after a summer holiday can be tough; below are some tips to make it easier.

With Christmas and New Year behind us, chances are you’re starting to get back into your Study From Home routine.

Or maybe you’re considering starting fresh with a new course (you can check out our 2019 qualifications here).

Wherever you’re at with your study journey, here are some tips to get back into study mode after the break.

1. Re-visit your study schedule

Your study schedule is your guiding light; it outlines the time you will spend studying around other commitments in your life such as childcare or part-time work.

Why not refresh your study schedule for the new year to make the most of the summer weather? For example, you could wake up earlier with the sunrise and do some study before the rest of the household wakes up. Or maybe you could make the most of the evening light and do a few hours after dinner (since it’s light outside, you might find you feel less tired in the evenings).

If possible, you could also add a few fun summery rewards into your schedule. Like a beach trip each Sunday if you meet your weekly study goals.

2. Reach out to your tutors and fellow students

Get in touch with your tutors and peers to wish them a Happy New Year. The simple act of speaking to people in the same boat as you will help you feel more motivated to get back to study as you won’t feel like you’re doing it alone.

If you’re in a particularly tough slump, don’t hesitate to ask your tutors for some advice – they are full of tips to help you stay motivated throughout your qualification.

3. Make your wellbeing a priority again

It’s no secret that Christmas and New Year is a time of indulgence. And that’s great! But now that you’re back into study, it’s a good idea to focus on your health and wellbeing again.

Try to prioritise getting enough sleep and eating well so you feel energised when you sit down to study.

Don’t be surprised if you feel really tired during your first few days of study. Your brain might need a few days to catch up after the break! Just keep at it and you’ll refind your flow soon.

We hope these tips help you start off 2019 in a good frame of mind.

Do you have any tried and tested tips that help you regain focus after a break? Share in the comments below!

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The best of the blog in 2018

Posted on 19/12/2018 by

Just some of the wonderful students we’ve featured on the blog this year.

As 2018 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on some of our best stories for the year.

Here is the best of the Study From Home blog for 2018.

Wise words from a Study From Home graduate

Earlier this year, we spoke to Study From Home graduate Leeah Wilkinson who shared her tips for succeeding at distance learning, applying for jobs once you graduate, and following your dreams.

‘Thank you for the learning adventure’ says SFH graduate

Graduate Cheytarna Scott called her time with ITC Study From Home a “learning adventure”. In this blog post, she reflects on her experience and shares some tips for balancing study with family and work life.

Regions benefiting from rise in international visitors, says Tourism NZ

This year, many articles on the blog focused on how the tourism boom is benefitting the regions. This article gives a good overview of how the rise in international visitors is helping regional New Zealand.

How one Study From Home graduate started her own travel business

Read about how Shelley Williams launched her own travel business after she graduated with a qualification from Study From Home. She is the proud owner of Clevedon Travel, a boutique travel agency.

Student interview: Kristen from Christchurch

In October, we launched a new feature on the blog: student interviews. First up, we spoke to Kristen from Christchurch who is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Five minutes with travel agent Racheal Pearce

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a travel agent? Study From Home graduate Racheal Pearce gives us a peek behind-the-scenes into her job as a travel agent for You Travel in Eltham.

Thanks for reading along with us, and we look forward to sharing more wonderful student success stories in the New Year. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about studying with us, please get in touch: we’d love to hear from you.

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Five minutes with travel agent Racheal Pearce

Posted on 12/12/2018 by

Racheal on a recent trip to Rarotonga, where she visited 21 resorts. Thanks to her research, she can confidently recommend resorts to clients wishing to travel to Rarotonga.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a travel agent?

Study From Home graduate Racheal Pearce has been working as a travel agent for You Travel in Eltham for 18 months. We recently caught up with Racheal to find out how her job is going.

Below, she shares some insights into what it’s like to work in an office after studying from home, how she made a good impression with her employer, and how she continues to learn in the workplace.

SFH: What’s it like to work in the travel industry?

Racheal: I love the industry, no two days are the same. I’m learning about many new destinations for clients. If you love to travel or anything to do with aviation, this is the best industry. You’re constantly learning about new and amazing places, and it’s guaranteed your travel bucket list will keep growing.

What are the best things about working as a travel agent?

Hearing all the stories when the clients return. We follow up within 2 weeks of their return, via email or phone call, and most of them call in and rave about how much fun they had and book a new trip.

I specialise in cruising, I discovered when I was studying this was a passion of mine. I’ve been on two cruises this year and I’m going to Rarotonga soon for a 10-day working holiday.

Do you have any tips for making a good first impression with your employer?

Find out how they like their drinks (tea, coffee, etc) and study their routines. This got me in the good books very fast. Also, keep asking about any further training you can do to increase your knowledge. And don’t be afraid to pick their brains, as they may have a brilliant idea that will secure the sale.

How do you process all the new learning that comes with the job?

You will not stop learning for the rest of your life. My boss has been in the industry for over 30 years and is still learning. I have spoken to other agents who have been in the industry for over 40 years and they have mentioned they are still learning.

I’m currently studying with CLIA (cruise line training) and I have just gained my second tier. For the final tier, I have to sit an assessment.

When you become a travel agent, you might need to do online training to use another GDS if they use Sabre or Galileo. I had to learn Galileo, but it was very similar to Amadeus so there is no need to stress.

How did studying from home prepare you for your job?

The main skills I learned were time management, prioritising your workload, and managing deadlines. I use these skills every day in my job. For example, you only have 24 hours to get a proposal out to a client. When you have to get three out at once, time management skills come in handy!

Do you have any other tips for students about to start studying from home with ITC?

My best advice is to never be afraid to ask questions. If you’re thinking about joining the industry, ITC is the best place for you to get into this career. There are so many different fields to go into, from consultancy to air hostess to cruise ship staff to wholesale support.

Once you’ve started your training, follow what is taking your interest most and talk to your teacher about getting into that side of the industry. You won’t regret it!

To find more about Racheal’s Study From Home journey, click here.

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5 productivity hacks to maximise your time

Posted on 05/12/2018 by

Feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Try turning off your social media notifications to free up more precious time.

We all have the same number of hours in a day: it’s what you do with these hours that counts.

If you want to make the most of your time, get more done, and stay on top of your assignments, here are five productivity hacks to try.

1. Turn off notifications on your phone

You make a hot drink, sit at your desk, and just start to study, when your phone beeps. It’s a notification from Facebook. You quickly open your Facebook app to check, then you get distracted by your news feed. Before you know it, 15 minutes have passed by and all you’ve done is watched weird cat videos.

Social media is a huge time waster, but there is a simple solution: turn off all social media notifications on your phone. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

If phone calls or text messages are distracting, put your phone in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’. This means you can still use your phone to check the time but you won’t be distracted by incoming messages or calls.

2. Check emails 3 times per day

Are you constantly distracted by your email inbox? Unless you’re waiting for a particular email from a tutor, try to limit checking your emails to three times per day. For example, once in the morning (around 9am), once at lunchtime (12pm) and again in the late afternoon (4pm). Or whatever times suit your schedule.

This means you won’t spend all day getting distracted by emails as they come in, but you will still be able to respond to important emails in a timely manner. If the content of the email is extremely urgent, someone will probably call you.

3. Use the Pomodoro technique

We’ve written about the Pomodoro technique before on this blog: it’s where you use a timer to study in 25-minute bursts. Every 25 minutes you can take a short break (say five minutes). After four Pomodoro bursts, you can take a longer break.

The golden rule of Pomodoro is during the 25-minute burst you must study intently without distractions – no social media, no email, no getting up to make a cup of tea. You can only do things like that during your breaks.

4. Take smart breaks

We all need breaks. But do your breaks from study energise you or make you feel even more exhausted? If you spend your whole study break scrolling social media, you’ll probably feel pretty average when you sit back down to study. But if you go for a walk, cook something delicious, or chat to your best friend on the phone, you’ll probably feel great.

Try to take ‘smart’ breaks throughout the day that lift you up and help you feel motivated. Make your breaks count and you’ll be far more productive in the long run.

5. Break tasks into achievable chunks

Don’t just write ‘study’ on your to-do list. Break your day into specific chunks. For example, 10am-11am: respond to emails and check in with tutors. 11am-12pm: write first draft of assignment. And so on.

This approach will help you feel as though you’re achieving things throughout the day and give you a rush of positive energy and accomplishment each time you tick a task off your to-do list. It will also help you feel less overwhelmed by your assignments and more in control.

Enjoy these productivity hacks? At ITC Study From Home, we’re all about providing a way for you to study tourism at your own pace, in your own place. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can get your airline, travel, and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Regional tourism highlights: November

Posted on 28/11/2018 by

Pictured: punting on the Avon River in Christchurch. The ‘Garden City’ is the focus of a new marketing campaign to attract visitors from Australia.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

2018 may be coming to an end, but the peak tourism season is just beginning. The regions are gearing up for a big summer with huge numbers of tourists expected to visit all corners of the country.

Here is a summary of the regional tourism headlines for November.

Travellers invited to act as guardians of New Zealand

As New Zealand’s tourism industry continues to grow, there have been some concerns over protecting our environment and respecting our culture. Tiaki – Care for New Zealand is a new initiative that addresses these concerns in a thoughtful way. The initiative is a joint venture between seven key tourism organisations (including Air New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa). It publishes and promotes resources, marketing material, and other useful information to tourists to help educate them on what makes NZ special and how they can look after our country while visiting.

Air New Zealand releases new ‘Kiwi as’ safety video

Several South Island towns are in the spotlight in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video. Towns such as Naseby, Hokitika, and Balclutha have their moment on screen, in a clever ‘Kiwi as’ video that showcases and celebrates small communities with big hearts.

Research to help regions plan for tourism growth

A new research project is underway at Lincoln University. ‘Sustainable Tourism for Regions, Communities, and Landscapes’ will explore how to benefit from NZ’s growing tourism industry while “restoring, protecting, and enhancing the quality of regional destinations”.

It all starts in Christchurch

Christchurch is the focus of a new Tourism New Zealand campaign encouraging Australian visitors to visit the garden city in 2019. The campaign is a joint initiative by Tourism New Zealand, Christchurch Airport, and Christchurch NZ.

Air New Zealand boosts Tauranga travel

More flights to and from Tauranga will be available on Air New Zealand’s network from April 2019. The airline will add an additional 10 one-way services per week.

That’s all for this month, and we’ll be taking a break from Regional Tourism Highlights over Christmas. We’ll be back at the end of January with more tourism updates.

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Student interview: Cathy from Auckland

Posted on 14/11/2018 by

Cathy is studying aviation from home in the hope of one day working at Auckland Airport.

Welcome to a new feature on the Study From Home blog: student interviews.

Every month, we interview a Study From Home student to provide insight on what it’s like to study from home with ITC.

This month, meet Cathy from Auckland who is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation.

1. What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?

The convenience of studying at your own pace, alongside family and full-time work.

2. What inspired you to study travel & tourism?

I’ve always wanted to experience what it would be like to work in the travel industry (aviation).

3. What is your dream job?

To work at the airport as a check-in agent with Air New Zealand then work my way up the career path within the industry.

4. What do you find easiest or most enjoyable about studying from home so far?

I find it really fascinating to learn about aviation. The industry is extremely interesting and I really enjoy everything I’m learning.

5. What do you find hardest about studying from home so far?

Distractions. It can be hard to focus when studying from home. You need to set aside at least three to four hours (or more) to study alone every day.

6. Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about studying from home?

  • Allocate a set time to study every day. It’s really important to study for three to four hours every day.
  • Try not to get distracted. Working in a quiet area is really helpful as it allows you to think clearly.
  • Don’t attempt to do any quizzes or exams when you’re really tired. Choose a time when you feel fresh and clear-headed.
  • Use your tutors for help.

 
ITC Study From Home is enrolling now for 2019. Get in touch today to learn how we can get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start. 

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Tips for studying from home when you’re an extrovert

Posted on 07/11/2018 by

Crave the company of others when studying from home? Read on for tips on how to succeed at distance learning when you’re an extrovert.

Extroverts are typically social, outgoing, confident people who feel energised when they spend time with people. They tend to thrive in group settings and love socialising.

Does this sound like you?

If so, you might find studying from home a little more challenging than introverts do (introverts love their own company and feel energised when they are alone).

But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can make studying from home fun and social. Here are our best tips for studying from home when you’re an extrovert.

1. Get out of the house every day

Make sure you leave your cozy home office every day for some human interaction. This could be as simple as going to the supermarket or getting a coffee. Try to head somewhere there will be other people as this will help you feel energised.

2. Find a study buddy

There’s bound to be other extroverted students in your course. See if they want to buddy up and meet for weekly catch-ups to discuss the course content. If you’re not in the same city, you could chat over FaceTime or Skype.

3. Participate in the online forums

ITC Study From Home has excellent online forums. Use them to ask questions, interact with classmates, and chat with tutors. This will help you feel connected to your classmates and feel less alone when you’re studying from home

4. Consider getting part-time work

Could you study part-time and work part-time? Or work a few hours a week while studying full-time? A customer service job is a great way to boost your CV and will also help you fill your extrovert energy tank.

5. Schedule regular time with friends and family

Make socialising your reward for getting your study done each week. Lock in regular catch ups with friends and family, and use these as an incentive for studying. Make a deal with yourself that you don’t get to catch up with friends if you fall behind.

6. Change up your study environment

Put on upbeat music, go to a cafe or library to study or move your study notes to a new part of the house. Changing your study environment is a simple, easy way to get an energy boost. If you hate studying in silence, check out our favourite Spotify playlists for studying.

Studying from home might not be the perfect fit for your extroverted personality, but take heart that it’s not forever. The sooner you finish your studies, the sooner you will be qualified to apply for awesome, sociable jobs out in the tourism industry.

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2019. Get in touch to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Regional tourism highlights: October

Posted on 31/10/2018 by

Stunning Lake Wanaka made headlines this month as Lake Wanaka Tourism is up for an award.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

It’s been another busy month for tourism boards and businesses around the country. With stories like these coming off the back of winter (traditionally our off-peak season), imagine what summer might bring.

Campaign encourages visitors to explore more of New Zealand

Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand ran an online campaign in September offering a free domestic flight to North American visitors. The goal of the campaign was to encourage visitors to explore beyond Auckland.

NZ guest nights at record in August as tourism boom continues

Guest nights around the country continued to climb to record heights in August, a direct reflection of rising numbers of domestic and international travellers.

Southland tourism revs up to earn $1 billion by 2025

Venture Southland has big tourism goals for 2025, and will soon be starting public consultation to gather input for its tourism strategy.

Lake Wanaka Tourism shortlisted in marketing awards

It’s always nice when New Zealand tourism businesses get noticed across the ditch. This time, it’s Lake Wanaka Tourism who is up for an Australian award in the Mumbrella Marketing Awards.

Tourists provide good end to winter in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay experienced a “particularly strong” end to the winter season, with guest nights up 11 per cent compared with August 2017.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of November with more tourism updates.

Do you want a career in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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Student interview: Kristen from Christchurch

Posted on 17/10/2018 by

Kristen Reid is studying Level 4 while working at the YHA.

Welcome to a new feature on the Study From Home blog: student interviews.

This is your chance to learn more about what it’s like to Study From Home from people who are currently completing a qualification (or who have recently graduated).

First up, meet Kristen from Christchurch, a second-year student who is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Below, she shares her story, tells us about her fantastic job with YHA, and shares some tips for future students.

SFH: What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?

Kristen: I had been working in the industry for a year and decided I wanted to advance my career. I came from a totally different career background, but when that didn’t work out I moved on to tourism. A friend of mine was actually studying at the time and mentioned he was studying through ITC. I decided to give it a go.

Why did you choose to study travel and tourism?

I was fresh in the industry and didn’t have much knowledge as I came from a completely different industry. I wanted to know as much as I could. My mum was also a huge part of the reason why, I wanted to share my knowledge with her like she has done about the world for me!

What is your dream job?

This time last year I would of told you working for a travel agency selling international products – but now, as cliche as it sounds I have to say it’s my current job. I work for the Youth Hostel Association New Zealand, selling products for inbound tourism. Most of the time it’s also for tourists who are in my age bracket, which makes understanding their needs easy as generally they are like-minded people. It’s amazing and I love every minute of it. Helping people who are coming to our beautiful country is the best part! It also helps that YHA is an amazing place to work.

What do you find most enjoyable about studying from home so far?

Learning at my own pace. I’ve definitely benefited from this. I struggled to keep up at school as I always found it hard in subjects that weren’t art related. So studying from home was the best option. Also being able to study when I was ready was awesome too. There are obviously time limits to when topics are due etc but it worked around my life not the other way around!

What do you find challenging about studying from home?

Self motivation. It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes especially when you work full time as well as study (like myself). It does take a lot of motivation to keep going, but it’s well and truly worth it when you get the results for working hard.

Do you have any tips for students who are thinking about studying from home?

Do it! You will not regret gaining more knowledge! Gaining industry knowledge will only help you grow as a employee and also as a person.

Inspired by Kristen’s story? Study From Home has qualifications starting on October 22 – get in touch to register your interest.

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Could studying before sleep make you smarter?

Posted on 10/10/2018 by

Research suggests that studying before sleep could help you remember more information.

Most people choose to study in the morning when they are fresh and well-rested.

But could studying before you go to bed make you smarter?

According to an article in Lifehacker, several studies suggest that studying before you go to sleep – be it for the night or for a nap – can help your brain retain more information.

The idea is that sleep helps your brain form new connections.

“If you want to cement new knowledge in your brain, recent sleep research demonstrates that a good night’s sleep following your studies has a significant impact on your ability to retain information,” the article reads.

There is only one way to find out if this technique works for you: give it a try!

Next time you’re struggling to remember something, write it out a few times on a piece of paper right before you go to sleep. Then see how much you remember when you wake up.

This study technique will likely come as good news for people who study after work or late at night – for example, when the kids are asleep.

Sometimes when you study from home, you have to fit in study whenever you can – and that’s not always first thing in the morning when you’re feeling rested.

At least now you know that your brain can still retain important information at the end of the day. 

Next time you fall into bed exhausted after a study session, just think: your brain will be doing lots of hard work forming new connections when you sleep.

Even sleep makes us smarter. Pretty cool, right?

Just don’t forget that quality of sleep is important, so try to follow these simple tips for getting a good night’s rest:

  • Avoid looking at a screen at least one hour before bedtime (this includes phones, laptops, TV). If you’re studying, use a pen and paper instead.
  • Avoid caffeine or sugar too late in the day. Have a soothing chamomile tea before bed.
  • If you have trouble relaxing before bed, listen to some relaxation music or download a free meditation app like Headspace.
  • Keep a pen and paper by your bed to write down any anxieties if your busy brain is keeping you awake. Writing down your worries can help you to relax and ‘switch off’.
  • Read a few pages of a ‘boring’ book – that’s almost guaranteed to help you drift off.

 

For more tips on getting a good night’s sleep, read our blog 5 Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep.

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Regional tourism highlights: September

Posted on 26/09/2018 by

The South Island is the focus of a new Tourism New Zealand campaign this month, promoting the south as a popular tourism destination for Australians in autumn.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel, and tourism news from around New Zealand.

This month, the news has centred around growth, growth, and more growth. Or should we say boom?! As the tourism industry grows, so do the job opportunities, infrastructure demands, and funding requirements.

Here are the top regional tourism stories from September.

It’s never been a better time to enter a tourism career in New Zealand

While this isn’t strictly regional news, it’s important news for those living outside NZ’s major cities. The tourism industry is thriving around the country and it’s never been a better time to pursue a tourism career.

Tourism funding will benefit regions

In case you missed last week’s article, the government announced a further $19.6 million for tourism infrastructure around the country, such as car parks and public toilets.

Campaign promotes the South in autumn

The South Island is the focus of a new Tourism New Zealand marketing campaign encouraging Australians to visit the South in autumn.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism scoops national award

The regional tourism organisation received the MBIE Industry Alignment Award at the 2018 New Zealand Tourism Awards in Christchurch.

Air New Zealand calls for new Central Otago Airport

Could a new airport be on the cards in Central Otago? Air New Zealand believes an additional airport in the region is needed to accommodate growing visitor numbers.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of October with more regional tourism updates.

Do you want a career in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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NZ regions to benefit from tourism funding boost

Posted on 19/09/2018 by

The government has announced further funding for tourism infrastructure around New Zealand.

Local councils are welcoming the government’s decision to invest a further $19.6 million in tourism infrastructure around New Zealand.

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund goes towards essential tourism infrastructure such as toilets and carparks.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says improved infrastructure in the regions will encourage tourists to stay longer.

“Tourism in New Zealand is continuing to grow and our visitors are venturing further off the beaten track. If the regions have the infrastructure they need to support tourism, visitors will be encouraged to stay longer and spend more with local businesses, so everybody benefits,” Mr Roberts said.

If local councils or tourism groups have specific requests for funding, they can make an application direct to the fund.

“TIA strongly encourages councils and community groups to put in applications to the next funding round,” says Mr Roberts.

“Take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment for good projects that will support the growth of tourism in your communities.”

Anything that enhances the visitor experience in New Zealand’s regions is good news for those who are keen to join the tourism industry in their local community.

As regional tourism continues to go from strength to strength, more job opportunities are created in small towns around New Zealand.

Tourism is not just a career for those living in the big cities: it’s a viable option for people all throughout the country.

And with ITC Study From Home, you can study anywhere in New Zealand and gain a recognised airline, travel or tourism qualification.

We have courses starting in October 2018. Get in touch today to learn how we can get your tourism career off to a flying start.

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How one Study From Home graduate started her own travel business

Posted on 05/09/2018 by

Shelley Williams started her own travel agency after completing a Level 4 travel qualification with ITC Study From Home.

Meet Shelley Williams: a recent Study From Home graduate and a new business owner.

Shelley is the company director of Clevedon Travel, a boutique travel agency. She founded Clevedon Travel after she completed the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 with ITC Study From Home.

Now Shelley is her own boss. Perks of her job include working from home (or by the school pool!), spending more time with her two daughters (aged 7 and 9), and even getting to travel on famil trips (this year she went to Laos). Inspiring, right?

We caught up with Shelley to find out how she started her own tourism business. Below she shares her story, including some tips for anyone keen to work in travel.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 42 and live on a farm with my husband, my 7 and 9 year old girls, and lots of animals.

What inspired you to study from home with ITC?
When both of my girls started school, I thought it was good timing to go back to work. I realised I wanted a career that allowed me to spend time with my family. I really loved travel, but I needed a formal qualification to get into the industry. ITC offered a great Study From Home option that I could complete while the girls were at school.

What did you enjoy most about the NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4?
I liked the industry knowledge I learned. I especially enjoyed the assignments that gave my brain a workout.

Can you tell us a little bit about your career history? How did you get to where you are today?
My career history is very long! I started working at The Warehouse when I was 16, and after many years there I moved on to office-based customer service and sales jobs. By the time I went on maternity leave nine years ago, I was a PA and had been doing that for several years. While my PA role involved a lot of booking travel for my bosses, I was never in the travel industry.

Tell us about Clevedon Travel. What does your job involve?
My current job is as company director of my own travel agency, Clevedon Travel Limited. I work from home or wherever I can take my laptop (in summer this was often at the school pool). I find clients through local contacts, word of mouth, and online groups (e.g. Facebook).

Since January, when I started the company, I’ve done everything from designing my own website, to booking cruises, organising a 5* honeymoon for a Texan VIP, and I even went on my first famil trip to Laos.

What’s it like being your own boss?
It’s not for the faint-hearted. I’m lucky to have found a mentor in the industry that provides me with lots of support for free. In return, they take a percentage of the over-rides (a bonus commision negotiated with airlines on an annual basis). I’ve had plenty of times when I’ve felt stuck, but I’ve never been without help if I’ve asked for it.

Why travel and tourism?
I love being in the travel industry! The perks are amazing. I get to go to lots of events for free. For instance, last week I was at a Soulful Vietnam Showcase on Monday night (where I won 5* accommodation, a 3-course meal, and show tickets for Saigon! I’m going to give the tickets to the next client who books with me).

Last week I also attended a Buenos Aires event at the Air New Zealand Customer Experience Centre (where they had the most amazing food, wine, and live tango show), and a ship inspection of the Pacific Jewel on Wednesday (including the most fantastic 3-course lunch). There are usually free famil trips up for grabs although I haven’t been lucky yet!

All that said, industry events are not just about the food, drink, goodie bags, and prizes. They are about making contacts in the industry and learning about destinations, services, and other wholesale companies. I’ve met many experienced travel brokers through the events I’ve attended and they’ve been a great help to me.

What travel destinations are on your wish list?
I really want to take my family for a White Christmas in the next year or two. New York is magical at Christmas time, and I’d love to tag on a trip to Canada and Alaska to check out their extreme winter. I’d also love to sail on a Hurtigruten in Norway to check out the Northern Lights, and cruise everywhere on everything really!

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying tourism with ITC Study From Home?
Do it! And do it to the best of your ability. All the resources are there for you, you just have to take advantage of them and ask for help if you need it.

Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?
Keep learning. I never stopped when I completed my tourism qualification. I kept learning about anything and everything. There is SO much to learn in travel, I doubt I’ll ever stop learning. There are free web courses for the most popular destinations, all of the cruise lines, and even most of the airlines offer agent sites with training courses and information. The more you learn, the more of an expert you’ll become, and the better you’ll be able to help your customers.

Are you inspired by Shelley’s story? Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism courses. 

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Regional tourism highlights: August

Posted on 29/08/2018 by

Beautiful Napier made several headlines this month. Read on to find out what’s been happening in the Hawke’s Bay region.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.

It may be winter, but NZ’s tourism industry is on fire! Forgive the bad pun… here, we’ll let this month’s regional tourism news speak for itself.

Napier-based tourism conference a record sell-out

More than 320 tourism delegates attended the Tourism Conference in early August. The conference was hosted by Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ). Hawke’s Bay Tourism general manager Annie Dundas described the event as the “most successful ever”.

Extra flights to boost business to the Bay

Air New Zealand has added several new flights between Napier and Auckland to its weekly schedule. Ian Collier — Air New Zealand’s Regional Affairs Manager — said this is in response to high demand from business travellers.

Coastal Pacific train service to return from December

KiwiRail’s beautiful scenic train journey between Picton and Christchurch has been out of action since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes. The Coastal Pacific service is set to begin again in December — great news for South Island tourism.

Package of options needed for local tourism infrastructure

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is proposing another visitor levy — called the Local Tourist Levy — for certain tourism towns. LGNZ believes this may help to “alleviate the burden on local ratepayers”.

Kaikoura: Crayfish worth travelling for, says Lonely Planet

In this fun news story, Kaikoura made international headlines for its delicious crayfish. Lonely Planet named the local crayfish as the 7th top food experience in a list of 500. Not bad!

Marlborough tops growth in spend by cruise visitors

Marlborough welcomed over 112,000 cruise ship visitors to its shores during the 2017/18 cruise ship season, and they spent up a storm. The visitors spent $18 million in Marlborough; an 80% increase on the previous year.

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of September with more regional tourism updates.

Do you want a career in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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5 reasons to study tourism straight after high school

Posted on 22/08/2018 by

Wondering what to do when you finish high school? Here are five reasons to consider joining the tourism industry.

Are you finishing high school this year? Wondering what to do next?

Here are five reasons why studying tourism straight after high school could be a smart career move.

1. The tourism industry needs more young people

Young workers are in high demand in the tourism industry. With so many visitors coming to New Zealand, the industry needs more young people to enter the workforce and fill important frontline jobs, such as working in hotels.

In fact, the industry needs 35,000 more tourism workers by 2025 — that’s just seven years away. If you’re passionate about New Zealand, have great customer service, and love meeting people from around the world, then the tourism industry needs you!

2. You could have a tourism qualification in less than a year

Most of our tourism qualifications are around 20 weeks long (if you study full-time), meaning you could be qualified and in your first tourism job in less than a year.

Starting with a Level 3 or Level 4 tourism qualification could be a great way to get into the workforce quickly without spending three years (or more) studying. After all, you’ve just finished high school so it will be nice to have a break from study and earn some money out in the workforce.

3. Tourism has fantastic long-term career prospects

The tourism industry is New Zealand’s largest export earner, contributing over $14 billion to the economy each year. It has fantastic long-term career opportunities, including the chance to work for some of New Zealand’s biggest companies.

With so many tourism businesses around New Zealand and the world, you can look forward to a varied and exciting career.

4. You might get the opportunity to travel

If you’d love to travel, why not travel and earn money at the same time? A tourism qualification can open many doors overseas. You could consider a career as a flight attendant or work in hotels around the world.

Working for some travel agencies also gives you the opportunity to go on regular ‘Famil’ trips to other countries (so you can experience first-hand what you will be selling).

You could even end up working at Disney World in Orlando, like many of our graduates have done.

5. There are tourism jobs all throughout New Zealand

Another big attraction of studying tourism is there are tourism jobs all throughout the country, not just in major cities. With the cost of living in Auckland skyrocketing, it makes sense to join an industry that gives you some flexibility to work in regional areas.

Plus, with Study From Home, you can study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand — giving you the option to keep study costs to a minimum. Whether you’re in Kerikeri or Invercargill or anywhere in between, you can gain a tourism qualification and be ready to join the workforce in as little as 20 weeks.

Like the sound of a career in tourism? Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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3 thought-provoking quotes about fear to help you achieve your goals

Posted on 15/08/2018 by

Use fear as fuel to achieve your dreams instead of letting fear slow you down.

Everyone has big, ambitious, exciting goals. But what’s one thing that holds many people back from achieving their dreams? Fear.

Fear that they will fail. Fear that it won’t work out. Fear that they aren’t good enough, smart enough, motivated enough. Fear is no fun! Too often it gets in the way of people pursuing their goals.

But what if we’re just thinking about fear in the wrong way? What if we could use it as fuel to help propel us towards our dreams, instead of away from them?

Here are three thought-provoking quotes about fear to help you gain a new perspective and achieve your study goals.

“When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.” – Seth Godin

Seth Godin believes we should use fear as a compass, not a barrier. That we should fully acknowledge our fears, move towards them, understand them — and move forward anyway.

He says that fearless people don’t live a life without fear. Instead, they accept that fear is part of the package, and make smart and brave decisions. He believes that by acknowledging fear, one “permits it to exist without strengthening it”.

“Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we’re powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson takes the unique perspective that we’re actually afraid of letting our light shine bright. We’re afraid to be brilliant, talented and fabulous — and this fear subconsciously holds us back from stepping into our full potential.

She believes “your playing small does not serve the world”. She encourages everyone to step into their light, and that “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.

“Without fear there cannot be courage.” – Christopher Paolini

We live in a society that praises bravery and courage — but these characteristics cannot exist without fear. Fear is an opportunity to be brave and courageous. You might not always succeed, but you will almost always learn valuable lessons along the way.

So, use fear as fuel to embrace courage and pursue your dreams. Working towards your goals will always feel a little scary — but that’s normal, healthy, and what makes life interesting.

Do you have a dream to lead a successful airline, travel or tourism career? Achieving your goal could start here, at Study From Home. Get in touch today to learn about our distance learning travel and tourism courses.

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Regional tourism highlights: July

Posted on 01/08/2018 by

The sun setting over Queenstown. One interesting article this month posed the question: Is Queenstown the backbone of NZ tourism?

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.

July was another busy month for the New Zealand tourism industry, with big stories like Air NZ’s ‘Impossible Burger’ and the proposed border tax making national headlines.

But, what has been happening on a local level? Here are some of the regional tourism highlights from July.

Most local authorities recognise benefits of tourism
New research from Tourism Industry Aotearoa reveals that most local authorities (such as councils) recognise the opportunities that tourism can bring to their region. Read more

Airbnb set to keep growing in NZ despite council rules
New council regulations for Airbnb won’t curb the company’s growth in NZ, writes Suneil Connor in this opinion piece. Read more

Is Queenstown the backbone of NZ’s tourism industry?
An interesting question posed by Queenstown mayor Jim Boult. He speaks to Duncan Garner in this thought-provoking interview. Read more

Taking a hike: Why walking tourism is such a big deal
When peak season accommodation went on sale for the Milford Track, some nights sold out within minutes. One thing’s for sure: NZ’s Great Walks are a big deal for regional tourism. Read more

Tourism economy enriches New Zealand
An interesting article from Tourism New Zealand on how the tourism economy “makes Aotearoa a better place for Kiwis”. Read more

Stewart Island Levy a shining example for tourism
This Stuff article takes a look at how the Stewart Island Levy has worked for the Southland district. Read more

That’s all for this month. We’ll be back at the end of August with more regional tourism updates.

Do you want to work in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Contact Study From Home today to study airline, travel or tourism from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Regions benefiting from rise in international visitors, says Tourism NZ

Posted on 25/07/2018 by

The number of international visitors to New Zealand is rising, which is good news for the regions. Pictured: Lake Tekapo in Canterbury.

The number of international visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased by 5.3 per cent in the year to May 2018 — and Tourism New Zealand says this is having a positive impact in the regions.

“The regions are increasingly benefitting from the rise in international visitors with spend growth in the regions surpassing that of the gateways,” Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall said in a recent press release.

“Over the past 12 months international visitors have injected $497 million into the regions,” he adds.

If you live in regional New Zealand, and you love travel and meeting new people, a career in tourism could be very rewarding.

As more international visitors flock to the regions, more tourism jobs are being created. Unlike some industries, tourism is not limited to New Zealand’s major cities; you can work in this industry in small towns all around the country.

Mr England-Hall even goes as far as to say that tourism is “the backbone of many communities”.

“International visitors choosing New Zealand as a destination makes Aotearoa a better place for Kiwis. Beyond the significant economic benefits it also grows employment, business opportunities and is the backbone of many communities,” he explains.

If you’d like to join the tourism industry in your community, a good place to start is achieving a tourism qualification.

With ITC Study From Home, you can study tourism from anywhere in the country. We offer four core qualifications with options to suit graduates, career changers, and experienced tourism professionals looking to upskill. We also offer a range of short online courses.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies like Flight Centre, Disney World, Air New Zealand, and Tourism Holdings.

One graduate, Stacey Harris, shares this feedback: “If you’re passionate about travel, I urge you to take this amazing opportunity to further your skills and knowledge. Life sometimes gets in the way of the career you always wanted, but with Study From Home you can make it work.”

Would you like to study tourism with ITC Study From Home? We have qualifications starting on August 20. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you kickstart your career in airline, travel or tourism.

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Most local councils recognise importance of tourism

Posted on 11/07/2018 by

Local councils are investing in tourism infrastructure such as hiking trails as part of their long-term community plans.

Tourism is one of New Zealand’s most important industries — a fact that most local councils take into consideration when creating their long-term plans.

According to Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), most councils around New Zealand recognise the benefits of tourism when making long-term plans for their communities.

TIA analysed more than 70 city, district and regional council long-term plans to gauge how they were preparing for tourism growth.

“It was important we undertook this mammoth exercise as local councils are a significant player in the $36 billion tourism industry,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts in a media release.

Mr Roberts said some examples of local councils investing in tourism include “funding for cycle trails, town revitalisation, tourism related developments such as the Taranaki Crossing project, and support for events to attract visitors”.

Seeing local councils preparing for tourism growth is not just good news for the economy and for tourists planning a trip to New Zealand — it’s also good news for people considering a career in the tourism industry.

When local councils invest in tourism projects, this often creates more tourism jobs throughout New Zealand.

If you’d like to join New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry, the time to study is now.

And the good news is, you can study from anywhere in the country with ITC Study From Home.

From Cape Reinga to the Bluff, we offer tourism qualifications via distance learning. All you need is a reliable internet connection, a computer, motivation, and of course, a passion for learning about airline, travel and tourism.

For more information on our courses, get in touch today. We’d love to hear from you.

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“Thank you for the learning adventure” says SFH graduate

Posted on 04/07/2018 by

A self-described “adventure junkie”, Cheytarna loves getting out of her comfort zone.

Cheytarna Scott recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation with ITC Study From Home — an experience she called a “learning adventure”.

“I want to send a huge thank you to ITC Study From Home for assisting me through this learning adventure,” says Cheytarna.

“I enjoyed every single minute, unit and challenge set before me, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment.”

Cheytarna is now working for Flight Centre Manakau as a Novice Consultant. Below she gives us an insight into her journey so far and shares some tips for future distance learning students.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am 23 years old and am Cook Island Maori. I grew up in Clendon with my Nana and Papa. I’m the oldest of three and the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family, so I guess you could say I have oldest child syndrome! I’m a bubbly and outgoing character who loves to have fun and experience new things. I’m kind of an adventure junkie and am always eager to do activities that push my limits. I also appreciate art, music, and love a good book, and have a great passion for astrology.

I appreciate and live for moments that I can share with my family and partner, and I’m a true believer of making memories instead of gaining materials. I’m intrigued by the cultures and diversity of the world, which is what attracted me to the travel industry.

What inspired you to study with ITC?

The thing that attracted me the most was the Study From Home courses. I loved that I could study without having to give up work, and therefore my income. I was also impressed by ITC’s reputable academic success rate.

Attending Orientation Day, meeting the tutors, visiting campus and hearing all the success stories confirmed to me that I made the right decision.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The assistance and support I received from all my tutors. Whenever I needed anything, they were always there and responded promptly. The website was easy to use and each unit was informative and intriguing, and the instructions were easy to understand and follow.

What is your dream job?

I do not have a specific dream job at the moment. I do, however, know that I would love to offer everybody the opportunity to travel, whatever background or social status you belong to. I want normal people like me, who have in the past thought it’s too expensive to get out and experience the world, to be able to do so. I want them to realise that with a little determination and goal-setting, it can be done.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying at ITC?

Remember to balance your study life with family life. Prioritise your time wisely, especially if you are studying from home. Make sure you study in a comfortable and quiet environment. Ensure you communicate with whoever you live with that you’re studying at home, so they can take that into consideration.

Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?

Remember there is always support, always someone to ask for help. Don’t be shy to ask a “silly” question. And don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back when you complete a unit. Set goals and aim to smash them!

Are you inspired by Cheytarna’s story? Get in touch today to learn more about our upcoming courses.

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Regional tourism highlights: June

Posted on 27/06/2018 by

June was a busy month for regional tourism news, with Air NZ, DOC, i-SITE, Hamilton, Queenstown and Dunedin all making headlines.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.

In June’s regional tourism news, i-SITE and DOC put their heads together to improve the visitor experience, tourism is booming in Hamilton and the Waikato, Air NZ makes changes to regional flights, and more.

i-SITE and DOC visitor centres talk collaboration

The i-SITE Visitor Information Network and Department of Conservation are looking at ways to work together to improve the visitor experience at key locations throughout the country.

Tourism booming in Hamilton and the Waikato

Leisure and business tourism in Hamilton and the Waikato is contributing around $1.511bn to the economy annually.

Air NZ Queenstown-Wellington schedule a boost for business

Air New Zealand will make changes to its Queenstown-Wellington schedule to better suit business travellers.

Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s visit expected to generate millions of dollars for New Zealand economy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are scheduled to visit New Zealand later this year, and their visit is expected to have a positive impact on the economy.

Tourists charged double for access to ‘Great Walks’ of New Zealand

DOC is to increase prices for tourists to access four of its nine ‘Great Walks’: Milford, Kepler, Routeburn and the Abel Tasman Coast.

Tourism and population growth sustain peaking Queenstown property market

A burgeoning population and steady tourism is sustaining the Queenstown property market, according to a new report.

Is Dunedin NZ’s most underrated city? CNN thinks so

Dunedin has attracted the attention of CNN, with the television network describing the city as having a “quiet, understated cool”.

That’s all for this month! We’ll be back at the end of July with more industry updates.

Do you want to work in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Contact Study From Home today to study airline, travel or tourism from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Hamiltonians: Have you considered a career in tourism?

Posted on 20/06/2018 by

Hamilton’s tourism industry is booming — have you considered joining?

Tourism is growing fast in Hamilton and the Waikato, making it an attractive career option for local school leavers and anyone passionate about travel.

Several jobs are expected to be created over the coming years, with the industry set to receive further support from Tourism New Zealand.

“Tourism New Zealand want to help the Hamilton & Waikato region grow by $1 billion per annum by developing, implementing and promoting strategies that are regionally-focussed and align with gateways like Auckland which connect the region to the world,” Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall told Stuff.co.nz.

These comments come after Tourism New Zealand held a board meeting in Hamilton, where key representatives had the opportunity to see the region’s growth first-hand.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson told Stuff this was a “fantastic opportunity” for the region.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our region to the Tourism New Zealand board, and share some of the opportunities and challenges we face as an emerging visitor destination,” Mr Dawson said.

Waikato currently is the fifth most lucrative tourism region in the country, behind Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

If you’re passionate about showcasing the region and you love working with people, a career in tourism could be for you.

Thanks to ITC Study From Home, you can gain a leading tourism qualification without having to relocate to study. Contact us today to learn more about our upcoming courses and how we can help you qualify for this exciting, booming industry.

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Could multitasking be bad for your brain?

Posted on 06/06/2018 by

Research suggests multitasking could decrease productivity by up to 40 per cent.

When you study from home, it can be tempting to make the most of being at home to get ahead on household chores while you work on your assignments.

Hands up if you’ve ever tried to study while folding laundry, making dinner or playing with your kids?

Or perhaps you sit down to study, only to be distracted by the dirty dishes on the bench. You’re up and down like a yo-yo all throughout your study session, chipping away at chores in between writing your assignments.

At the end of the day, your house is sparkling clean — but is your study being compromised?

According to recent research, multitasking could actually be decreasing your productivity by up to 40 per cent.

The research suggests it’s better to devote all of your attention to one specific task — such as studying — instead of trying to do too many things at once.

With this in mind, here are some tips to beat your multitasking habit when you study from home.

Follow a study schedule

Create a weekly schedule and allocate specific time slots for studying, as well as slots for cleaning, childcare, and other household duties. Try to follow your study schedule closely so that you only study in the time allocated to study, only clean in the time allocated to clean, and so forth.

Out of sight, out of mind

If you find it hard to concentrate surrounded by unfolded washing and dirty dishes, try to find a place to study where you won’t be distracted. Set up a designated study space, choose the cleanest room in the house, or opt to study in a library or cafe instead.

Try the Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro technique is when you study for 25-minute ‘bursts’ followed by a short break (no more than five minutes). During the 25-minute burst you devote your attention to one task without interruptions. The point is to wait until the 25 minutes is up until you check your phone, go to the bathroom or make a cup of tea. After four 25-minute bursts, you can take a longer break, such as lunch. This technique works well for people who are easily distracted — you may even find that you get quite competitive with yourself (in a good way!)

Practice makes perfect

If you’ve been a proud multitasker all your life, it might take some time before you feel comfortable devoting your attention to one task at a time. But, as with everything, practice makes perfect. Once you’re aware of your multitasking habit, and make an effort to change it, you’ll find focusing on one task becomes easier over time.

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Regional tourism highlights: May

Posted on 30/05/2018 by

Matapouri Beach, Northland. Retail spend increased in Northland last year, and tourism was a major contributing factor to this rise.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay up-to-date with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.

This month, tourism spend rose in the regions, Air New Zealand committed to more regional flights, and much more.

Tourists continue to spend up large in Bay of Plenty

Visitor spending in the Bay of Plenty increased in the year to March 2018 thanks to local events and more tourists choosing to travel in off-peak times.

Air NZ eyes return to Wanaka and commits to current regional routes

Air New Zealand is considering restoring flights to Wanaka in the future. The national airline is also planning to grow its regional network by 20 per cent in the next five years.

Mountain race planned for new West Coast Great Walk

Plans are underway for a new running and mountain bike race on New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa Track.

Air NZ announces additional jet services between Dunedin and Auckland

Air NZ will add five new A320 services between Dunedin and Auckland per week in October. This will add around 70,000 seats to the route every year and increase overall seat capacity by close to 25 per cent.

Northland’s retail spend climbs to $2.7b in a year

Retail spend reached an impressive $2.7bn in Northland last year, with tourism one of the major contributors to this increased spending.

That’s all for this month! We’ll be back at the end of June with more industry updates.

Do you want to work in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Contact Study From Home today to study airline, travel or tourism from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Three time management hacks to help you study smarter

Posted on 09/05/2018 by

Struggling to keep up with your studies? Here are three time management hacks to help you get back on track.

We all know the saying… “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.” But how well do you use these hours? Are you smart with your time or could you use a little help?

Here are three time management hacks to help you get the most out of your days so you can study smarter, not harder. Just think: what would Beyonce do?

1. Schedule your day

Don’t leave your days up to chance. Write a schedule for each day, including things like study hours, meal breaks, and other life commitments such as part-time work or picking the kids up from school.

Without a clear daily schedule, you might find yourself getting to 7pm each night and wondering “where did my day go?”

A schedule helps minimise ‘decision fatigue’ so you don’t spend all day wondering which task to start first. Instead, you just get up, consult your schedule and get to work – no dilly dallying required!

2. Wake up earlier

One of the perks of studying from home is that you can wake up whenever you like. But is your love of sleeping in getting in the way of your studies?

Set your alarm for an hour earlier so you can get a headstart on your day. It might be hard but it’s worth that satisfied feeling you’ll get when you’ve tackled half your to-do list by 10am. You can always relax in the evenings, instead.

3. Review your progress every Sunday

Every Sunday afternoon, spend 30 minutes reviewing the week that’s been and planning ahead for the week to come. Review your progress, check how much study you have left to complete, and plan ahead accordingly.

This will quickly become a Sunday ritual and allow you to adjust your schedule depending on the success of the previous week. Some weeks you might be super productive; others you might struggle a bit. This is normal – and thanks to your Sunday planning sessions, it should all even out in the end.

Bonus tip: Remember, your tutors are time management experts and they have loads of tips to help you get the most of your time. Make sure you chat to a tutor if you’re struggling to keep up with the workload.

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Study From Home tip: Don’t rush

Posted on 02/05/2018 by

Rushing through your coursework may do a disservice to your ‘future self’. Try to study at a steady pace so you retain important information.

When you study from home, it can be tempting to rush through your coursework. With no one looking over your shoulder, who’s to judge if you speed read your notes?

Of course, one of the perks of studying from home is that you can set your own pace. But try not to be too speedy. If you rush, you could be doing your ‘future self’ a disservice.

Completing your coursework quickly might seem like a win today, but what happens when you forget everything you learned in a few months time?

Remember, the reason you’re studying is to get a good job in the tourism industry. You want to remember all the information you’re learning when you go for that important job interview.

We’re not suggesting that you study at the pace of a snail (you do want to hand in your assignments on time, after all!) but instead that you give yourself enough space in your day to study at a relaxed, steady pace. For example, you want to have enough time to proofread.

So how many hours should you study for?

If you’re studying part-time, we recommend devoting a minimum of 20 hours per week to your studies. If you’re studying full-time, you need to devote a minimum of 40 hours.

If you’re putting in a lot less than the recommended hours, you could risk failing some of your assignments and therefore taking longer than necessary to complete your qualification.

In other words, rushing now could actually slow you down.

Tips to avoid rushing

  • Create a study schedule (and stick to it!)
  • Seek help from family and friends with non-study related activities, such as cooking, cleaning, childcare
  • Consider taking a break from part-time work or decreasing your hours while you complete your qualification
  • Turn your phone on flight mode while you study to avoid social media distractions
  • Cancel subscriptions to things like Netflix and Lightbox

 
Remember, you won’t be studying forever – you’ll be graduating before you know it. So take your time, study at a steady pace, and try not to rush through your important coursework.

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Regional tourism highlights: April

Posted on 26/04/2018 by

Will Marlborough get its proposed wine fountain? This was just one of the interesting regional tourism stories to make headlines this month.

At the end of each month, we bring you regional tourism highlights so you can stay updated with airline, travel and tourism news from around New Zealand.

April was a busy month for tourism, especially in tourist towns in the South Island.

Waikato crowned as most hospitable place in New Zealand

The results of a study by accommodation provider Airbnb shows that the Waikato is New Zealand’s most hospitable centre. The winner was determined by the number of five-star reviews left on the accommodation website.

Hotel conference to focus on regional growth

This year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference will include a focus on how the current tourism boom can benefit the regions

Warbirds Over Wanaka and Sheeran concerts bring $11m to Otago

Two major events created an $11 million boom for the Otago region. The annual Warbirds Over Wanaka event featured a dazzling display of air acrobatics, paired with a car show, trade stands, market stalls, rides and food on the ground. Meanwhile, international pop star Ed Sheeran performed two sold-out concerts in Dunedin, attracting fans from all over New Zealand.

Dunedin to host biggest TRENZ activity afternoon ever

Next month, Dunedin will host the largest ever TRENZ afternoon as more than 600 delegates will take breaks from business meetings to enjoy a range of activities in the area. This includes tours of the Speight’s Brewery, high tea at Larnach Castle, and an off-road wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula.

Jucy opens ‘pod’ hotel in Queenstown

Car rental brand Jucy has opened a 276-bed pod hotel in Queenstown, which is set to help with the shortage of tourism accommodation in the area.

Wine fountain proposed for Marlborough

A business leader has suggested installing a wine fountain in Marlborough to highlight the region’s vineyards.

TIA backs Christchurch request for more funding

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has backed the Christchurch City Council’s request for an extra $1.4 million annually to bid to host major events.

Do you want to work in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Contact Study From Home today to study airline, travel or tourism from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Tips for preventing study burnout

Posted on 18/04/2018 by

Feeling burnt out? Here are some tips to help you stay motivated when studying from home.

Are you feeling stressed, exhausted or lacking motivation to study? Do you struggle to complete assignments and feel as though your brain is tired – more tired than you would consider normal?

If so, you might have “study burnout”. Symptoms of study burnout include intellectual exhaustion, mental fatigue, and low motivation. Of course, it’s important to rule out any other possible causes with your doctor before you conclude that study burnout is the culprit.

But if you do believe you are suffering from study burnout, here are some tips to help you get back on track.

Reassess your goals

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Take a moment to reassess your goals and identify areas where you could alleviate stress. For example, you could explore switching to part-time study. Or you could review your goals outside of study – like going to the gym or cooking from scratch every night – and relax about those goals while you make study your priority. There will be plenty of time to become a master chef once you’ve finished your qualification.

Seek support from friends and family

Studying can be challenging, so don’t be shy to ask for help from your friends and family. They might not be able to help you with your assignments, but they can help you with everything else, such as cooking dinner or assisting with childcare. Make the most of any offers to help out so you can focus on your studies.

Look after your health

It’s very hard to excel at coursework if you’re unwell. Try to prepare healthy, balanced meals, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. We know – easier said than done, right? But it’s worth the effort, your mind and body will thank you for it. This doesn’t need to be time consuming, either. A short walk outside every day can do wonders for your mind, and you can stock up on healthy snacks from the supermarket.

Take regular breaks

One of the biggest causes of study burnout is a failure to take regular breaks. When was the last time you took a day off to do something you enjoy? And do you remember to take breaks when you’re studying? It’s a good idea to stop every few hours for food, some fresh air, or quick rest. Even though it seems counterproductive, taking breaks will actually help you stay on track. Just make sure you time your breaks – there’s a difference between taking 30 minutes to enjoy a healthy lunch and taking three hours to watch Netflix.

Ask your tutors for advice

It’s important to tell your tutors if you think you’re experiencing study burnout. They will have plenty of tips and advice to help you refocus and regain motivation. Sometimes all you need is a pep talk and some wise words of encouragement. So don’t be afraid to send your tutor an email or pick up the phone. They are here to help.

Would you like to Study From Home guided by supportive ITC tutors? Get in touch today to register your interest. We have courses starting in May.

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How to create a study routine that works for you

Posted on 11/04/2018 by

A good study routine will remove ‘decision fatigue’ and increase your productivity. 

If you want studying from home to be enjoyable, successful, and stress-free, then it’s a good idea to follow a study routine.

What is a study routine?

Great question! Similar to a study schedule, a study routine is when you plan to study at the same time each day/week. When you have a study routine, you also follow the same steps each time you sit down to study.

Here is an example of a common study routine:

  1. Make coffee or tea
  2. Check emails/student forum
  3. Write to-do list
  4. Spend 1hr on assignment
  5. Take a short break
  6. Spend 1hr on assignment
  7. Check emails/student forum
  8. Take a meal break
  9. Spend 1hr on assignment
  10. Proofread today’s work

 
Why are study routines helpful?

When you create a routine, you remove ‘decision fatigue’ from your day. You know exactly what you need to do, so when you sit down at your desk you won’t feel overwhelmed with indecision.

A routine will also help you from jumping back and forth between your email inbox and your assignments throughout the day. Multitasking only slows you down! It’s better to shut down your email inbox and student forum while you work on your assignments.

How do I create a study routine?

Think about how and when you work best. Here are some questions to help you create a routine that works for you:

  • Are you a morning person or night owl?
  • How often do you need to take breaks for coffee/tea/food to keep your energy levels up?
  • Do you prefer working in long blocks or short bursts?
  • How often do you need to check your emails?
  • Where do you study best? At home, at the library, in a cafe?
  • What other commitments do you need to include in your routine? E.g. childcare, part-time work?

 
An easy way to think of your study routine is like a to-do list for your day. The purpose of your routine is to outline what you’re doing and when, so you don’t suffer from indecision – it really is that simple.

Taking a few moments to create a routine that works for you will make a huge difference to your productivity levels.

And don’t forget to include some fun things in your routine, like short coffee breaks or a yummy dinner at the end of a long day.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!

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Regional tourism highlights: March

Posted on 28/03/2018 by

Wanaka made the headlines several times in March, with the pretty town preparing for a further increase in visitors.

Welcome to a new feature on the Study From Home blog. At the end of each month, we will bring you regional tourism highlights so you can see what’s been happening in small towns and cities around the country.

Summer may be over, but March was still a busy month for regional tourism in New Zealand. Here are some of the top stories to make headlines.

Neat Places expands across New Zealand

The innovative app ‘Neat Places’ has expanded throughout New Zealand. The app makes it easy for locals and visitors to find the best spots in their area. It now covers Wanaka, Hamilton, Dunedin and Whanganui in addition to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

New Zealand ski season hit record 1.6m visitors in 2017

NZ ski fields attracted a record-breaking 1.6 million visitors in 2017, and there are plans to increase that number to 2 million by 2020.

Lake Wanaka Tourism shortlisted in prestigious awards

Lake Wanaka Tourism has been shortlisted in the ‘Best use of native or content marketing’ category for the Mumbrella Travel Marketing Awards for their #skiWanaka campaign.

Taranaki Park to receive $5.9 million boost

Taranaki’s Pukeiti rainforest park will receive a $5.9 million boost, some of which will be spent on creating a new bike trail.

Wanaka prepares for tourism boom

Experts in Wanaka predict there is a “tsunami of tourists coming” and are encouraging the town to prepare for a further influx in visitor numbers.

Uber to launch in Dunedin and Queenstown

Uber is set to launch in Dunedin and Queenstown in May, adding a new option for locals and tourists to get around.

Do you want to work in New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry? Contact Study From Home today to study airline, travel or tourism from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Study From Home myth: “You don’t make friends”

Posted on 21/03/2018 by

Friendships look a little different when you study from home, but they can still be rewarding and meaningful.

One of the biggest myths about studying from home is that it’s socially isolating. We’re here to reassure you that it doesn’t have to be that way!

At ITC Study From Home, we take great care to encourage students to interact with their classmates and make lifelong friendships.

Students have ample opportunities to connect with their peers, including:

  • An in-person Orientation Day in Auckland at the beginning of your qualification (attendance is optional if you are unable to travel)
  • An interactive online forum where you can post questions and chat with your classmates
  • A formal graduation ceremony at The Langham in Auckland – an amazing chance to celebrate with everyone

 
It’s also common for students to forge their own friendships and chat with classmates via phone or email. Some students even arrange Skype study dates to exchange ideas.

And, of course, the Study From Home tutors are only a phone call away.

Study From Home graduate, Jay Patrick, believes that if anything, distance learning helped to strengthen his friendships.

“Being a distance learner, I did not spend much time on campus, but because of this, the class network was stronger and more helpful,” says Jay, who is now working as a Flight Attendant for Air Nelson.

“I miss the people; the friends and connections I made, and the tutors. In fact, a colleague of mine is currently studying with ITC and LOVES it. To be fair, I’m jealous as I wish I was still there!”

Are you inspired by Jay’s experience of studying from home? You too could make great friends and get a job out in the airline, travel & tourism industry. Get in touch today to learn more about our distance learning qualifications.

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Wise words from a Study From Home graduate

Posted on 28/02/2018 by

Study From Home graduate Leaah Wilkinson is about to start a new job working on the Disney Cruise Ship.

Ever wondered what it’s like to Study From Home with ITC? Are you curious about what kind of jobs and experiences a tourism qualification could lead to?

We recently interviewed Study From Home graduate Leaah Wilkinson to give you an insight into our courses. Below, she shares some wise words from her experience at ITC and tells us all about her exciting new role with Disney.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Leeah Wilkinson. I’m 20 years old, and I’m a bubbly, outgoing person with a passion for tourism. I also love children.

What inspired you to Study From Home with ITC?

I was inspired to Study From Home because of the great courses offered at such an affordable rate. I also loved the idea of having a little bit of freedom and flexibility.

What qualification did you complete?

I completed the Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Travel.

Congratulations on your new job! Can you give us a brief description of your role?

I’m about to work for Disney on a Disney cruise ship in the kid’s department. This involves me living on the ship and looking after all the families that come onboard for a two-week holiday.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job would be to manage and run a kid’s club on a major cruise line.

What destinations are on your travel wish list?

The world, everywhere and anywhere!

Do you have any advice for people thinking about studying from home?

It’s a great opportunity to upskill. And if you’re not ready to take the leap and move to Auckland, you can still get a tourism qualification while being close to home.

Any final tips or words of wisdom for future students?

Don’t be scared! Any opportunity is a good one. Whether it’s big or small, it’ll all help in the long run.

Are you inspired by Leeah’s story? Study From Home is enrolling now for March 2018. Get in touch today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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Five tips for studying in cafes

Posted on 21/02/2018 by

Studying from a cafe is a great way to beat cabin fever, especially in the winter months.

One of the best things about studying tourism with ITC Study From Home is that you can study anywhere, anytime. And that includes your favourite cafes!

However, studying in cafes can be counter-productive – especially if you spend more time people-watching than you do working on your assignments.

But never fear, we have five tips to help you make the most of your cafe study sessions.

1. Aim for a power hour

Let’s be honest, most cafe owners don’t want you to be sitting in their cafe for five hours nursing one cold coffee. To avoid overstaying your welcome – or spending too much money on food – try to keep your cafe study sessions short and sweet.

Aim for a super productive ‘power hour’. Set aside 60 minutes to work on your assignment and then either move on or order something else off the menu to keep your cafe hosts happy.

2. Find a quiet table in the corner

Set yourself up away from the action so you can hear yourself think – and so you don’t take up a valuable table for six people.

You’ll still feel part of the action but you won’t be too distracted.

Bonus tip: try to avoid sitting right next to the coffee machine (unless you love working in loud spaces!)

3. Make sure the internet connection is fast and reliable

If you need to access the ITC Study From Home forums or Moodle site, then make sure the cafe has a reliable internet connection.

Keep an eye out for cafes with power points, too!

4. Pack a study bag

The last thing you want is to arrive at a cafe without your notes, laptop, pens or something else essential.

Make sure you pack a study bag before you go. Write a list of everything you need so you don’t forget anything important.

5. Choose somewhere local

If possible, choose a cafe that’s within 15 minutes of your front door – or less. If you spend too long getting to the cafe, you’ll cut into valuable study time.

The point of studying in cafes is to mix up your environment and be more productive. If you find that studying in cafes has the opposite effect, then it might be a good idea to stay home instead.

Would you like the flexibility and freedom to study in cafes? Study tourism with ITC Study From Home! We’re accepting applications now – contact us today to learn more.

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Most kiwis still agree tourism is good for NZ

Posted on 31/01/2018 by

Most New Zealanders are very supportive of the industry, a recent survey reveals.

The results from the latest ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey are in – and they show that most Kiwis are still in agreement that tourism is good for the country.

According to the results from the survey (conducted by Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa), a substantial 92 per cent of Kiwis believe that international tourism is good for New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall says it’s reassuring to see so many New Zealanders are supportive of the industry.

“It is reassuring to see New Zealanders value the industry and are proud of the role they play in it,” he says.

One of Tourism New Zealand’s key goals this year is to encourage tourists to visit some of New Zealand’s less-visited regions, such as Northland and the West Coast of the South Island.

This goal will come as good news for anyone living in regional New Zealand who wishes to work in the tourism industry. As more tourists choose to venture beyond the major cities, more jobs become available in remote areas of the country.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says the importance of tourism to New Zealanders cannot be underestimated.

“We know how important tourism is for our country. One in seven people employed in New Zealand are supporting themselves and their families thanks to tourism,” Mr Roberts says.

He adds that one of TIA’s visions for New Zealand is “a New Zealand where our economy, people and the environment are all better off because tourism exists”.

Are you considering a career in tourism in 2018? Contact Study From Home today to learn how we can get your career off to a flying start. We offer tourism qualifications via distance learning – so you can study at your own pace, in your own place, from anywhere in New Zealand.

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Six inspiring quotes to help you stick to your study goals

Posted on 24/01/2018 by

Want to smash your study goals in 2018? Here are six inspiring quotes to help you stay on track.

It’s January, and you know what that means – New Year’s Resolutions.

If your goal for 2018 is to study from home towards a tourism qualification, then this blog post is for you.

Here are six inspiring quotes to help you stick to your study goals in 2018.

1. “Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.” – Zig Ziglar

You know that wonderful feeling when you’re excited to achieve your goals and you have tonnes of energy? That’s motivation – and it’s awesome – but some days motivation might disappear. That’s why you need to create productive habits, such as sitting down to study every day at 9am (no excuses). Creating a habit will keep you on track even when your motivation goes walkabout for a few days.

2. “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale

When you set a goal, you clearly tell the universe what it is you want – and when. Goal setting is an opportunity to be bold and articulate your dreams. So don’t hold back from telling yourself what you truly want. Write your goal down, say it out loud, and keep it at the forefront of your mind every day.

3. “A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievement.” – Bo Bennett

Do you dream of working in the tourism industry? Then all you need to do to turn this dream into a goal is take action – for example, by enrolling in one of our airline, travel & tourism qualifications. You could be qualified and industry-ready in as little as 20 weeks.

4. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis

You might have to read this quote a few times to get the idea – but it’s worth the head scratching. Essentially, what Robert Louis is trying to say is ‘don’t expect success overnight’. A small amount of work each day (“the seeds you plant”) will eventually help you achieve your long-term goal.

5. “Guard your time fiercely. Be generous with it, but be intentional about it.” – David Duchemin

Studying requires a large time investment – especially when you study from home. You will need to develop ways to “guard your time fiercely” so that you’re not wasting precious hours on unimportant tasks that will not help you achieve your goal (such as binge watching Riverdale).

6. “One day, or day one. You decide.” – Unknown

Sometimes it really is this simple: is your goal far away in the future, a ‘one day dream’, or could this be day one of the rest of your life? Make today day one by taking action towards achieving your goal (see quote number three for inspiration). You’ve got this!

Study From Home is enrolling now for 2018. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you kickstart your career in New Zealand’s thriving airline, travel & tourism industry.

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Tourism New Zealand begins $3.2m regional tourism drive

Posted on 17/01/2018 by

The West Coast of the South Island is one of two regions currently being marketed to Australian travellers.

Tourism New Zealand is currently promoting two regional New Zealand centres to Australians as part of a $3.2m marketing strategy.

Northland and the West Coast of the South Island are the focus of a twelve week campaign targeted at Australian travellers.

The campaign – which includes Facebook advertising, outdoor advertising, and PR activities – hopes to entice Australian travellers to visit Northland or the West Coast in autumn of this year.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the campaign is part of a wider strategy to encourage more tourists to include regional New Zealand in their travels.

“This is about ensuring that more communities can enjoy the benefits of tourism and for those benefits to be extended beyond the peak season months,” says Mr England-Hall.

Northland was part of a trial campaign last year and received an increased number of visitors as a result.

Mr England-Hall says he is excited to include the West Coast in this year’s marketing efforts, and hopes it will help to support tourism jobs in the area.

“By encouraging more visitors to areas like the West Coast, we are contributing to a multi-agency effort to help regional growth. More visitors to the region mean more spending on things such as accommodation, activities, food and drink,” he says.

Mr England-Hall adds that tourism is a key employer throughout the country.

“Tourism provides significant employment in New Zealand with one in seven people directly, or indirectly, employed in the industry.”

Time will tell whether this campaign results in an increased number of visitors to Northland and the West Coast. Regardless, this investment in the marketing of regional New Zealand is good news for anyone interested in pursuing a tourism career outside of the major cities.

Tourism is an excellent career choice for people living in regional New Zealand, and with increased investment, new career opportunities are expected to open up over the coming years.

As more tourists travel to regional centres, there will be an increased demand for qualified tourism workers. So, if you live in the regions and you’re thinking about a career change, a qualification from ITC Study From Home could be worth considering.

If you love travel and you’re passionate about tourism, get in touch with ITC Study From Home today to learn more about our distance learning courses. You can study from home, from anywhere in New Zealand, and be qualified to work in the tourism industry in as little as 20 weeks.

We have courses starting on March 12, so don’t delay – contact us today to learn how we can help you kickstart your tourism career in regional New Zealand.

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Highlights from 2017

Posted on 20/12/2017 by

Here are the best blog posts from 2017, a big year for NZ tourism and ITC.

We’ve published some gems on the Study From Home blog this year. From study tips and inspiration to tourism news and student interviews, there are plenty of articles to help you on your Study From Home journey.

Here are some of the highlights from the Study From Home blog in 2017.

Regional tourism boom creates jobs throughout New Zealand

Tourism expenditure is on the rise throughout New Zealand (not just the big cities), which is great news for those who live in the regions.

ITC Study From Home donates $1,000 to community playground

The children of Waimauku have a wonderful new playground thanks to the generosity of the Waimauku Lions and supporting businesses, including ITC Study From Home.

Distance learning vs. classroom learning: What’s right for me?

A great blog to help you decide whether you’re better suited for studying from home or studying in the classroom.

“Don’t let life get in the way of your dreams” says SFH graduate

An inspiring interview with Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris, who is now working as a Reservations Consultant for Millennium Hotels.

Solo mum of three finds dream job as travel consultant

Read about how Study From Home graduate Rachel McIlroy landed her dream job as a travel consultant for You Travel in Eltham, Taranaki.

Study From Home students shine at 2017 graduation

Several Study From Home students travelled from all over New Zealand to receive their certificates at ITC’s special graduation ceremony, held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

SFH student lands dream job with Air New Zealand

Kristina McGaffin is another Study From Home success story. Read about how she landed her dream job with Air New Zealand earlier this year.

Tips for juggling part-time work with part-time study

Studying from home and working part-time can be a great way to earn money while you gain a qualification. Here are some tips on how to balance the two.

Looking for more Study From Home inspiration and tips? We’ll be back next year with more blogs, starting January 10.

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Reflecting on a big year in NZ tourism

Posted on 13/12/2017 by

New Zealand has enjoyed a lot of international love and attention in 2017 – great news for the tourism industry.

It’s been a big year for the New Zealand tourism industry. New Zealand has hosted the Lions rugby tour, welcomed several international influencers on famil trips, launched new flights to exciting locations, and much more.

Here is a round-up of some of the top tourism news stories from 2017 to refresh your memory (and celebrate another big year). Don’t forget to sign up to our Industry News Bulletin if you’d like a weekly airline, travel & tourism news update.

NZ one of happiest countries in world

New Zealand was ranked the eighth happiest country in the world (out of 155), according to the fifth annual World Happiness Report.

A third of tourists have already visited New Zealand

As many as a third of tourists who visit New Zealand are return visitors, suggesting that one trip is simply not enough to take in the sights.

New Zealanders love tourism (study)

A massive 96 per cent of New Zealanders strongly agree that international tourism is good for the country.

Three New Zealand attractions make Lonely Planet Top 50

The North Island’s Waitomo glowworm caves, and the South Island’s Moeraki Boulders and Milford Sound all made it onto the list in Lonely Planet’s book: ’50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind’.

New Zealand voted as fifth most wish-listed travel destination

A survey by Conde Nast Traveler highlighted the top 25 most wish-listed countries around the world – and New Zealand landed in fifth place.

NZ “exceeds expectations” for 96% of international visitors

International visitors are extremely happy about their time in New Zealand, with 96 per cent of them saying that their trip either met or exceeded their expectations.

New Zealand experiencing most hotel development in history

New Zealand is currently experiencing its biggest growth in hotel development in history, according to the National Director of Colliers International.

Air New Zealand named World’s Best Airline by Conde Nast

The United States tourism magazine Conde Nast Traveller has titled Air New Zealand as the top airline in the world in its 30th annual awards.

These are just some of the top tourism stories that made headlines in 2017. To stay up-to-date with tourism news in 2018, don’t forget to sign up to our weekly Bulletin.

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Five reasons to study tourism (from home) in 2018

Posted on 06/12/2017 by

Leap into the new year by enrolling in a tourism qualification with ITC Study From Home.

Now is a great time to start making plans for 2018 – the new year is mere weeks away!

Whether you’re leaving school, looking to study, or simply in the mood for a career change, a qualification in tourism could lead to exciting job opportunities all throughout New Zealand.

Here are five reasons to consider studying tourism (from home with ITC Study From Home) in the new year.

1. Tourism is one of NZ’s largest industries

Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry. It currently employs 188,136 people in New Zealand (or 7.5 per cent of the total number of employed people).

More international visitors come to New Zealand each year, creating a high demand for skilled tourism workers. Tourism is an industry poised for growth with excellent career prospects.

2. You can work almost anywhere in New Zealand

Many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations are located outside of major city centres. For example, Northland’s beautiful beaches or Southland’s magical mountains. Wherever you live in New Zealand, there’s sure to be a tourist attraction close to your home.

With ITC Study From Home, you can achieve a tourism qualification in your home town without incurring the expense (and stress) of moving to Auckland.

3. There’s a high demand for skilled tourism workers

As New Zealand’s tourism industry grows, there is a high demand for skilled workers to fill jobs. If you achieve a tourism qualification, you’re likely to be a sought-after candidate for entry-level tourism positions within your community.

4. Tourism offers plenty of transferable skills

If you’re unsure what to study, tourism could be a good choice. It offers plenty of transferable skills, such as customer service skills and computer skills, that would be useful in other industries.

Many of our graduates have started their career in tourism and then moved into other industries later in life. You never know what doors a tourism qualification could open for you.

5. You can be qualified in as soon as 20 weeks

Our tourism qualifications pack a lot of information into a relatively short time-frame, allowing you to be work-ready in as little as 20 weeks (depending on the qualification, and if you study full-time).

Part-time options are also available for those who would prefer to study at a slower pace – ideal if you are juggling study with raising kids or a part-time job.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to start study, so don’t miss out on spaces in our next Study From Home courses. Get in touch now to learn more.

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How to beat the summer study slump

Posted on 22/11/2017 by

Do you find it hard to study when the sun is shining? You’re not alone! Read on for tips on overcoming the ‘study summer slump’.

Summer is just around the corner, which may have you dreaming about beach days, road trips, and spending lots of time with friends and family.

In New Zealand, summer is traditionally the season to relax, celebrate, and take a holiday.

But what happens if you need to study?

It’s normal to hit a ‘study wall’ when summer begins – after all, most people would prefer to be swimming than studying! But no matter how loudly the beach is calling your name, it’s important to stick at your studies or you could risk falling behind.

Here are some tips for overcoming the summer study slump so you can stay focused on completing your qualification.

Change your study environment

Are you sick of staring at the same four walls of your lounge, bedroom, or home office? Get out and about and try a few different study spots. For example, take your laptop to the library or a quiet cafe. Grab a seat by the window or sit outside in the shade – that way, you can enjoy the beautiful weather while you study.

Wake up earlier

Rise and shine and make the most of those extra daylight hours! In summer, it tends to be much easier to wake up early. Start your day an hour earlier so you can finish an hour earlier and enjoy those balmy summer evenings.

Find a virtual study buddy

Just because you study from home doesn’t mean you have to study alone. Pair up with another student in your class and send each other encouraging messages. The key is to hold each other accountable to your study commitments. Your virtual study buddy is the ideal person to remind you why you started studying in the first place.

Make the most of your day(s) off

If you’re lucky enough to fit a study-free day into your schedule (or even a few study-free hours), then turn off Netflix and head outside to enjoy the sunshine. Get that vitamin D while you can!

And remember: you won’t be studying forever. Missing out on a few beach days over summer will be so worth it once you’ve completed your qualification.

Study From Home offers qualifications in airline, travel, and tourism. Contact us today to learn more about our exciting courses.

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International tourism is good for regions, say most Kiwis

Posted on 15/11/2017 by

International tourism gets a big thumbs up from most New Zealanders, according to a recent survey.

Most New Zealanders are supportive of international tourism, a recent survey by Tourism New Zealand has revealed.

According to the results, 95 per cent of Kiwis believe international tourism is good for the country as a whole, and 91 per cent believe it is good for their specific region.

Such positive public sentiment is good news for the industry. As more and more tourists flock to New Zealand, it’s important that Kiwis feel welcoming and supportive, especially in the regions where there may be some teething issues, such as pressure on local infrastructure.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall says the agency is committed to addressing issues that are of concern to New Zealanders.

“We are committed to managing tourism growth in a way that is sustainable and acceptable to our communities,” says Mr England-Hall.

In the meantime, Kiwis seem to be in agreement that the benefits outweigh the challenges, with international tourism doing much to boost regional economies.

“The 95 per cent support for tourism overall suggests that Kiwis recognise the benefits of tourism and that it represents one of New Zealand’s biggest growth opportunities,” says Mr England-Hall.

“Tourism accounts for one in 10 jobs and one in five export dollars. In a tangible sense that translates to benefits such as more events for our regions, more cafes, restaurants and retail stores,” he adds.

With tourism on the up throughout the country, it makes an excellent career choice. Wherever you live in New Zealand, you can study towards a tourism qualification with ITC Study From Home.

We offer three qualifications via distance learning, which can be studied full-time or part-time. Get in touch today to learn about our courses for 2018 and get qualified to work in one of regional New Zealand’s biggest industries.

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Study tourism: your ticket to the world

Posted on 25/10/2017 by

Map your global adventures with a tourism qualification from ITC Study From Home.

Do you dream of travelling and working abroad? If so, a tourism qualification could be your ticket to see the world.

A tourism qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the tourism industry both here in New Zealand and overseas.

And the best part? With ITC Study From Home, you can achieve your tourism qualification from the comfort of your own home – allowing you to study from anywhere in New Zealand and at your own pace.

ITC Study From Home offers three qualifications for the travel and tourism industry:

 
Each of these qualifications can be studied full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours per week). And since studying from home is so flexible, you can juggle part-time work with your studies, allowing you to save money for your overseas adventures.

Here are just some of the jobs you might qualify for after your studies:

  • Flight attendant
  • Customs officer
  • Airport security
  • Baggage assistant
  • Tour guide
  • Travel agent
  • Reservations agent
  • Customer service representative
  • Adventure tourism worker (e.g. bungy jump operator)
  • Cruise ship worker

 
All of these jobs are global jobs – meaning you could take your qualification overseas and find work all around the world. Imagine becoming an international flight attendant and travelling to new cities? Or working on a cruise ship and discovering new horizons? A qualification can help you get your foot in the door of the global tourism industry.

Study tourism: your ticket to the world.

Get in touch today to register your interest and find out how ITC Study From Home can get your global career off to a flying start.

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Tourism New Zealand puts NZ’s regions on Australia’s radar

Posted on 11/10/2017 by

Matapouri Bay, one of Northland’s most iconic beaches. Northland was recently the focus of a targeted marketing campaign headed by Tourism New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand is increasing its promotion of New Zealand’s less visited regions, such as Northland, to Australian travellers.

The organisation recently ran a pilot target marketing campaign to attract travellers from the Australian state of Victoria to Northland – and early results suggest it was a success. The campaign ran for two months earlier this year and reached approximately 1.5 million people. According to Flight Centre (a campaign partner), there was a 40 per cent increase in the number of passengers booked to Northland.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall says this campaign will hopefully be the first of many targeted campaigns that focus on a single region.

“The pilot was the first Tourism New Zealand campaign focused on a single region to test whether we can influence a shift in travel patterns toward our less visited regions,” he said in a press release.

He adds: “We are focused on encouraging more international visitors to the regions to share the economic benefits tourism delivers. The results of this test proved that yes we can and will be incorporated into our future work, as well as shared with industry to support theirs.”

One of the reasons tourism is such an attractive career in New Zealand is because there are tourism job opportunities in most parts of the country – even remote areas. Marketing efforts by Tourism New Zealand – and other organisations – could result in more job opportunities being created in New Zealand’s less visited regions.

As Mr England-Hall says, tourism is “one of the country’s biggest employers and for some communities like Northland, this is essential. It is fantastic to see that with specific, targeted partnership activity we can direct the consumer into our lesser visited regions, helping more regions to benefit from tourism.”

Tourism New Zealand is planning a second targeted marketing campaign for Northland, as well as another one for the South Island.

If you live in one of New Zealand’s less visited regions, there’s no need to relocate to a big city to study tourism. With ITC Study From Home, you can gain a tourism qualification wherever you live in New Zealand. Get in touch today to learn about our course options and get your tourism career off to a flying start.

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Should I work and study at the same time?

Posted on 04/10/2017 by

Working while studying is good for your bank account – but is it always a wise choice? Read on to discover the pros and cons of combining work and study.

Working while studying is a great way to earn money, gain customer service experience, and meet new people – but it can also be challenging and time-consuming.

If you’re thinking about working and studying from home at the same time, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of combining work and study.

PROS

Financial security

There’s no doubt about it – having a part-time job will help you stay on top of your finances and pay your bills. That said, when you study you could be eligible for a student allowance. It’s worth chatting to a Study From Home tutor about your options.

Work experience

A part-time job looks excellent on your CV, and means you will graduate with some customer service experience. You may find it easier to find full-time work once you complete your qualification.

Confidence

Many students report that working part-time gives them confidence, especially when it comes to interacting with customers. Even working just one day a week could help you apply the skills you learn throughout your course.

CONS

Time

If you work while you study, you will likely find that you have very little time to do anything else! Please note that if you study full-time with ITC Study From Home, you will need to put in at least 40 hours per week of study. If you study part-time, you will need to put in at least 20 hours per week. It’s therefore advisable to study part-time if you wish to work more than 10 hours. Just bear in mind that if you study part-time, it will take you longer to complete your course.

Focus

Some students find it difficult to focus on both a part-time job and their studies, while others find it easy and enjoyable to juggle study and work. This really depends on your personality and how you learn. Be honest with yourself: will you be able to focus on both or will your studies suffer if you work?

Lifestyle

Everyone’s lifestyle is different – and it’s important to consider yours before you make a decision. Do you have a family to support? Do you need to think about childcare? Do you live near your place of work or do you have a long commute? Do you want to finish your qualification quickly or are you happy to study part-time? Do you have the energy to work and study at the same time? Are you prepared to put in some long hours?

There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions – it’s up to you to decide whether studying and working fits in with your lifestyle.

Whatever decision you make, the Study From Home team are on-hand to help you complete your qualification – and they may even be able to offer some advice if you’re still struggling to decide whether combining study and work is right for you. Get in touch today to discuss your options and learn more about our exciting airline, travel, and tourism courses.

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Top tips for communicating online

Posted on 27/09/2017 by

Sharpening your online communication skills will serve you well throughout your studies and beyond.

When you study from home, most of your communication will be online. Even though you probably communicate online with friends and family every day, it’s a slightly different ball game when it comes to your education.

Here are some tips for successful online communication throughout your studies and into your career.

Be crystal clear

Being perfectly clear about the purpose of your email is vital. When you email your tutor, the clearer you are and the more specific your question is, the less room there is for confusion.

If it helps you to organise your ideas and questions, use bullet points, italics, or bold text to make it obvious exactly what it is you’re after. This will help your tutors (and in future, your bosses and colleagues) to help you!

Use correct grammar

Spelling, grammar and syntax might not matter in a conversation with friends, but they’re important in professional online communication.

Read over every email to check for grammar and spelling before you send it, and install a website plug-in such as Grammarly to help you get it right if you’re unsure.

Be friendly  

A rookie error in online communication is to skip straight to business and be blunt about what it is you’re emailing about. Even though you don’t mean to be brusque, the tone of the message can come across this way.

Add a quick note about hoping their day is going well, make a comment about the weather, or throw in a reference to looking forward to the weekend. These little friendly remarks will soften the tone of the email and ensure you come across the way you mean to.

Don’t make people wait for a reply

If someone emails you, make it your goal to reply as soon as you can (ideally within a day or two). Even if you only reply to tell them that you’re busy today and will take a closer look tomorrow, at least acknowledge that you’ve received their email and that you’ll get back to them as soon as you have the chance.

Online communication is an important part of any modern job, so if you can get this right when you’re studying, it’ll serve you well once you start working in the tourism industry.

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Tips for juggling part-time work and part-time study

Posted on 13/09/2017 by

With ITC Study From Home, you can study part-time hours while you work. Here are some tips for juggling the two.

Studying from home part-time and working part-time can go hand in hand. As long as you can commit to 20 hours per week of study time, you can hold on to your part-time job and keep that money coming.

Here are a few tips on how to balance the two!

1. Be realistic about how many hours you can work  

Perhaps your boss wants you to work 30 hours per week, or perhaps you’d like to work overtime to save up for a holiday. But before you commit to working a certain number of hours, sit down and figure out what’s actually reasonable. We recommend working a maximum of 20 hours per week while you study – any more and you might not have enough brainpower to complete your assignments.

If you over-commit to work, you may start missing out on basics such as sleep, time with your friends and family, regular exercise, or simply downtime. Sooner or later, you won’t be able to work or study as efficiently as you could if you had a realistic balance!

2. Ensure your job works for you 

Even though a part-time job is an excellent way to gain experience and earn money, it shouldn’t compromise your studies.

For example, do your shifts run late past midnight and make you too tired to study the next day? Do you have a long commute that steals hours of driving time that could be spent studying? Is your boss flexible and understanding about you not being able to do overtime?

If your job is making studying from home too difficult, keep an eye out for one that is a better fit.

3. Plan your downtime  

Normally, downtime happens for full-time students when they’re not in school, and it happens for full-time workers when they’re not on the job site. For you, you’ll need to actively plan your rest time so you don’t miss out.

Plan one day off work and study each week. Whether you get out for a hike, spend the day relaxing with friends, or just pottering around at home, your mind needs this time off to refresh and prepare for the next burst of study and work!

And one last tip: remember that you won’t be juggling part-time study with part-time work forever. It might seem hard at times and you will probably have to make some sacrifices, but it will be all worth it when you graduate with that hard-earned qualification.

Study From Home is enrolling now for courses starting in October 2017. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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SFH graduate lands dream job with Air New Zealand

Posted on 06/09/2017 by

Study From Home graduate Kristina McGaffin loves her job as Lounge Host in the Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at Wellington Airport.

When Kristina McGaffin began the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 with ITC Study From Home, she wasn’t sure what her future held.

“I did not think I would ever be where I am today, but here I am!” says Kristina, who is now working her dream job with Air New Zealand.

Kristina is a Lounge Host in the Koru Club Lounge at Wellington Airport. Her job is to greet customers and ensure they have a positive experience.

She credits ITC Study From Home with helping her land this position. She says she was inspired to study with ITC after reading about student success stories.

“The success stories were very positive and the support sounded great,” says Kristina.

She was also drawn to Study From Home so she could continue working full-time while she gained her qualification.

“I wanted to be able to study in my own time while working a full-time job. I appreciated the flexibility to study wherever and whenever I needed.”

Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Kristina is enjoying living and working in Wellington, and hopes to do some international travel in the near future. Current destinations on her wish list include Vietnam, Thailand, and Hawaii – or, as Kristina says, “anywhere there is a beach!”

She has a few words of wisdom for students considering studying from home.

“Do it. You won’t regret it! And don’t give up on what you want. Anything is possible.”

Are you inspired by Kristina’s story? Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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What to do when you’re struggling to study

Posted on 30/08/2017 by

Struggling to stay focused on your studies? Try reaching out to your classmates or your tutor for some support.

It’s inevitable that sooner or later, you’ll hit a ‘study wall’ and struggle to stay focused on your assignments.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to overcome this mental roadblock. It’s simply a matter of finding the right one for you. Here are some ideas.

Try a new study technique

Perhaps your preferred study technique is to create flash cards and then use them to test yourself. Even if this has worked in the past, if you’re bored it might be time to try something new.

Ask your friends and family for their favourite study techniques and try using one of their ideas. Perhaps they prefer to draw mind maps, talk out loud, or watch online tutorials to help them learn. Sometimes a fresh approach can be all you need to get started again.

Study with others 

Studying with others can make a big difference as you can bounce ideas off each other, help one another to understand concepts, and work together to find answers to questions that you’re both asking.

Even though you study from home, you can still study with others by using the forums to chat with other students all around New Zealand. You could even set up a virtual study group on Skype.

Schedule a chat with your tutor

It’s great to be able to ask questions online, but nothing is quite the same as a real conversation. Schedule a time to talk to your tutor on the phone and let them know you’re struggling with motivation. They will be more than happy to listen to your concerns and share their tips and tricks for success.

Come back to it 

Can you afford to take a short break from your studies? If you’re up-to-date with your assignments, you might need a few days off to give your brain time to recharge. Try to spend a day or two away from your study notes and get plenty of sleep and exercise.

When you return to your studies, you might find you’re refreshed enough to tackle your next assignment with ease.

Study From Home offers a supportive way to learn about airline, travel and tourism from anywhere in New Zealand. Get in touch today to learn about our exciting qualifications. 

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How to think positively about study

Posted on 16/08/2017 by

Study doesn’t have to be a slog. Follow the below three tips to stay smiling!

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”

It’s a famous saying that’s true for practically every aspect of life, from study and work to relationships and self-confidence.

Thinking in a ‘glass-half-full’ way will help you study from home successfully, so here are a few tips for keeping a positive frame of mind.

Stay focused on your big goals

The point of study isn’t simply to pass the next test or to put a certificate on your wall, but it can be easy to lose sight of that when you’re busy or stressed.

Stay positive by reminding yourself of your big goals – the ones that you’ll achieve once you’ve graduated, such as getting a new job or securing a promotion. Focusing on your long-term goals can help to keep your spirits up.

Never forget that it’s a learning experience

It’s only natural to feel a bit stressed or overwhelmed from time-to-time when you’re studying, so try to be gentle on yourself and trust that you will figure it out in the end. After all, you wouldn’t have taken the course if you already knew everything!

Remember that studying is a learning experience and sometimes you will take some time to gain confidence.

Remind yourself of your successes

Did you do well on a particular assignment? Stick the grade on your wall in front of your desk. Did your tutor give you some positive feedback? Write it out at the top of your notepad each day to remind yourself of your strengths. Remember these positive feelings whenever you start to struggle.

Reminding yourself of your successes – large or small – can be a great way to keep a positive frame of mind when you tackle your next assignment.

Would you like to study towards a qualification for New Zealand’s airline, travel, and tourism industry? Get in touch today to learn about ITC’s Study From Home courses. 

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Study From Home students shine at 2017 Graduation

Posted on 09/08/2017 by

Study From Home students and tutors celebrate at the 2017 ITC Graduation at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

On Friday July 21, several Study From Home students attended the ITC 2017 Graduation Ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

Held in the Langham’s magnificent Great Room, it was a stunning evening of culture, canapes, and celebrations. The 2017 theme was ‘Your Own Culture’, so everyone dressed up as something inspired by their cultural heritage.

“It was wonderful to see so many Study From Home students at Graduation. They all looked fantastic!” says Richard Euston, Study From Home Team Leader.

Graduation is one of the highlights of Richard’s year, as it’s a chance to catch up with students from around the country and celebrate their achievements. One student travelled all the way from Roxburgh in Central Otago.

“Achieving a Study From Home qualification takes motivation, commitment, and lots of hard work. It’s amazing to be able to congratulate each student on their success,” he says.

The evening began with drinks, canapes and networking, before the official ceremony opened with an impressive Kapa Haka performance by Edgewater College, followed by a presentation by guest speakers Sam Mooney and Clint Maskell from STRAY.

Next, students were called up on stage to receive their certificates – their chance to shine!

“Giving out certificates is one of my favourite parts of the evening. It’s great to be able to shake each student’s hand, acknowledge their amazing effort, all while their friends and family cheer from the audience,” says Richard.

Richard also awarded three special awards to high performing students.

Communication Excellence: Mary Rivera
Academic Excellence: Leah Tapu Tuia
Student of the Year: Rachael McIlroy

After the special awards were presented, the official ceremony came to an end. Students and tutors then gathered in the foyer to take photos and say their goodbyes.

Professional photos from the evening are available on ITC’s Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends!

Do you want to graduate with a tourism qualification next year? Study From Home is enrolling now for courses starting August 21. Apply today!

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Report reveals need for more skilled tourism workers

Posted on 02/08/2017 by

Thousands of additional skilled tourism workers will be needed by 2020, a report has revealed.

An additional 200,000 workers will be needed in the service sector (which includes tourism) by 2020, a report commissioned by At Your Service Aotearoa has revealed.

At Your Service Aotearoa is an organisation created to draw attention to the skills shortage in New Zealand’s services sector – or, as the website reads, “to issue a call to arms over mounting skills’ shortages”.

Tourism is one of the industries in need of skilled workers, especially as visitor numbers to New Zealand continue to grow.

This is positive news for anyone considering studying towards a tourism qualification, as it suggests that their skills will be in high demand upon graduation.

Study From Home offers the following qualifications to prepare students for a career in the airline, travel, and tourism industry:

 
Each of these qualifications can be achieved via distance learning from anywhere in New Zealand. Study From Home students also have the option of studying part-time or full-time.

As the At Your Service Aotearoa report reveals, New Zealand is in need of skilled tourism workers – so now could be an ideal time to gain a formal qualification and enter the tourism workforce.

Study From Home graduates have embarked on exciting careers around New Zealand. You can read some of their success stories below.

 
Would you like to embark on a tourism career like Sharon, Stacey, and Maria? Contact Study From Home today to discover how you can become a skilled worker in New Zealand’s thriving tourism sector.

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5 things every Study From Home student needs

Posted on 26/07/2017 by

A reliable computer and internet connection is essential for studying from home – and coffee helps, too!

New to studying from home? Here are five things every distance learning student needs to thrive in a study from home setting.

1. Reliable internet connection

Our study from home tourism qualifications are taught online, so a reliable internet connection is a must. Make sure you have enough internet data to check your emails, submit your assignments, participate in forum discussions, and make the odd video or Skype call. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan if your internet becomes disconnected due to circumstances out of your control, such as bad weather. For example, your backup plan might be to study from the library or a friend’s house.

2. Laptop or desktop computer

You’ll also need a reliable laptop or desktop computer to work on your assignments – a tablet probably won’t quite cut it, unless it comes with an excellent keyboard and mouse. If you don’t have a computer, keep an eye on Trade Me for second-hand options, or consider borrowing one from a friend or family member for the duration of your course.

3. Cellphone or landline

Although most of your studying will be done online, it helps to pick up the phone every now and then. Your tutors are available to answer any questions you might have – be sure to give them a call whenever you encounter a challenge or are uncertain about any of the topics you’re studying. It’s also a good idea to speak to your tutors on the phone if you’re struggling to keep up with the workload. The sooner you let them know you need help, the easier they can help you find a solution.

4. A study plan

A realistic study plan is essential to your success as a study from home student. Without regular classes to attend or tutors to look over your shoulder, you need to be organised and self-motivated. A study plan helps you plan out your week and stick to a schedule so you stay productive and make the most of your study hours.

5. A study space or ‘study kit’

If possible, create a space in your home that’s dedicated to studying and set up your desk, computer, printer, and other essentials. If it’s not possible to create a home office, put together a ‘study kit’ instead – this is where you keep your laptop, study notes, and everything else you need to study in one portable box or bag, so you can set-up your study space anywhere from the kitchen table to the local cafe. The point is to make it as easy as possible for you to start studying, so you don’t waste precious time gathering your things together or looking for your computer cord.

Study From Home is enrolling now, with courses starting 21 August. Get in touch today to learn how a Study From Home qualification could get your airline, travel, and tourism career off to a flying start. 

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Study From Home graduate Maria Vaifale shares her story

Posted on 19/07/2017 by

Studying from home with ITC allowed Maria, a single mother of three, to rediscover her love for the travel industry.

Every Study From Home student has their own unique story to tell. In this week’s blog post, recent graduate Maria Vaifale shares her special journey. From her very first tourism job to the moment she decided to study from home, Maria’s story is an inspiration to all.

“I knew a part of me was missing”

Maria, a Kiwi born Samoan, has always loved the travel industry. Her first job was as a Travel Consultant for AMA Travel in 1997. However, she gave up this job when she settled down and started a family.

It wasn’t until recently that Maria realised “a part of her was missing”. She realised that she still loved the travel industry and wanted to return to work in this sector.

“Despite all of the great jobs I had over the years (with awesome salaries), I knew a part of me was missing. I analysed my situation and automatically Travel Consultant came to my mind,” says Maria, who worked in sales for companies like Avis Rental Cars and NZ Post during her break from the travel industry.

“I knew I could be a Travel Consultant again as I had the experience and knowledge of the job itself. I also had support from friends who had faith in me, as they too were confident that I’d be able to restart this career.”

Maria started to look for correspondence courses so she could work around her kid’s school hours (she’s a single mother of three) when she came across Study From Home – and she hasn’t looked back.

“ITC radiated so much positive energy”

Maria says ITC’s website and student success stories inspired her to apply, and that she was even more impressed with the College when she attended the Study From Home Orientation Day.

“There was so much positive energy in the atmosphere, not just from the tutors but also from the students. I was even more excited to commence my studies.”

“I enjoyed being able to complete the course at my own pace”

One of the main reasons many people choose to study from home is flexibility. For Maria, this was a huge bonus.

“I also loved having the awesome online team supporting me all the way, whether via phone call or email,” says Maria.

She adds that she was especially grateful for their constant motivation and encouragement.

“I’m thankful to have had such empathetic tutors, who were not going to give up on me but walked with me through my journey. I enjoyed the service from ITC and will miss everyone.”

“Now I work for Tourism Holdings as a Booking Host”

After completing her Level 4 qualification, Maria was accepted to work for Tourism Holdings in Mangere as a Booking Host (Reservation Agent).

“This job works with clients from America, Europe, and Australia. I provide pre-travel and on-hire guidance and advice, as well as issue accurate quotations and bookings for car and motorhome rentals to domestic and international clients,” says Maria.

She hopes this role will get her one step closer to her dream job, which is to work as a Travel Consultant for Air New Zealand.

“Your tutors are there for you – to guide you and answer your questions”

Maria has plenty of advice for people who are considering studying from home.

“You need to be motivated, focused, and determined to persevere through the ups and downs of your course. Ask your tutors a lot of questions via phone or email. Don’t be shy, otherwise your question will never be answered. No question is stupid, so don’t doubt yourself,” says Maria.

“Also, set a time for you to study with no interruptions. Be consistent with your studies but also realistic. Remember why you’re doing the course and think of the end line, because that’s what you’re aiming for – to graduate!”

Her final words are if she can do it, anyone can.

“I am 40 years old and a single mother… if I can complete my Travel Level 4, so can you. Go for gold and all the best!”

Are you inspired by Maria’s story? Study From Home is enrolling now with courses starting on 21 August. It’s not too late to apply – get in touch today to register your interest.

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How to get a good reference from your Study From Home tutor

Posted on 05/07/2017 by

A glowing reference from your Study From Home tutor could help you stand out from other candidates.

When you start to apply for tourism jobs, a glowing reference from your Study From Home tutor will go a long way.

It’s worth keeping this in mind as you complete your studies – you want to do everything you can to get a good reference at the end of your course.

Here are some tips:

Treat your studies like a first job

A good way to make a positive impression on your tutors is to treat your studies like a first job. Be professional, punctual, and polite. Take your studies seriously, but also show plenty of enthusiasm and curiosity. Be excited to learn, ask questions, and let your passion for travel and tourism shine through.  

Form a positive relationship with your tutor

When you study from home, you can be relatively independent and do a lot of your work online. That said, take the time to call your tutor every now and then – they are there to help you succeed. Talking on the phone regularly will also help your tutor get to know you better, allowing them to provide a more detailed reference when the time comes.

Hand in your assignments on time

When providing a reference, a tutor will be honest with the potential employer about your commitment to your studies. If you handed in assignments late or missed important deadlines, they may feel obliged to reveal this information to the interviewer. If you’re falling behind on your studies, talk to your tutor as soon as you can – they may be able to help you find a solution.

Ask your tutor if they’d be willing to provide a reference

The Study From Home tutors love providing references for their students and helping them get their first job – but it’s still important to ask if you can include their contact details on your CV. That way, they will know to expect a phone call and won’t be caught off-guard if it comes out of the blue.

Ask your tutor for interview tips and tricks

Your tutor wants to see you do well. They want nothing more than for you to ace your job interview and start working in the industry. Take advantage of their expertise and ask for feedback and advice. This shows that you’re motivated and focused, and will inspire them to give you a great reference when the time comes.

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