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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.

Aussies attracted by NZ regional tourism campaign spent less money

A regional tourism campaign promoting NZ’s regions to Aussies was considered a huge success, even though Aussies spent less money overall.

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.

Study From Home is enrolling now. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you kickstart your airline, travel and tourism career. 

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Local i-SITEs still well-used by tourists

Posted on 28/06/2017 by

A group of ITC students outside the i-SITE centre in Matamata. i-SITEs are still well-used by visitors and form an important part of local tourism communities.

Local i-SITE centres are still popular with international visitors, despite the rising availability of online bookings and travel apps – in what is likely welcome news to tourism workers throughout regional New Zealand, where i-SITEs form a strong part of small tourism communities.

i-SITE executive director Paul Yeo recently spoke about the performance of i-SITE centres at a one-day conference in Wellington. He said that around eight million visitors use i-SITEs every year, resulting in a collective spend of about $76m.

Mr Yeo says this spend is decreasing as many visitors choose to book activities and tours through alternative sources – but that i-SITEs still have an important role to play.

“i-SITEs play a critical role in promoting local business, events and council and community services to those eight million visitors,” says Mr Yeo in a press release.

“They are central to keeping people in a region for longer, to experience more of a region than they might have first considered.”

He adds that i-SITEs also play a critical role in informing visitors (both domestic and international) about safety, such as safe driving and freedom camping. i-SITEs are also an important source of information in the event of a natural disaster.

At Study From Home, we believe i-SITEs can be an excellent source of information for tourism students, too. If you’re interested in working in the tourism industry in your local region, paying a visit to the nearest i-SITE is a good place to start. You can get a feel for what types of tourism businesses operate in the area – and, therefore, what types of jobs might be available.

With Study From Home, you can study airline, travel and tourism from anywhere in New Zealand – all you need is a reliable internet connection, a computer or laptop, and a motivation to succeed.

To learn more about our Study From Home courses, including how you can enrol in 2017, get in touch today. We’ve love to help you kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Five reasons to study from home in Auckland

Posted on 21/06/2017 by

Just because you live in Auckland doesn’t mean you can’t study from home. Distance learning might be the best option for you.

If you live in Auckland, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to on-campus study options. That said, have you ever considered studying from home? Just because you can commute to class doesn’t mean it’s the right option for you.

Here are five reasons why you might want to consider studying from home in Auckland instead.

1. Escape the commute

It’s no secret that public transport in Auckland is expensive, especially if you live far away from the city centre. Save money (and time!) by ditching the commute and studying from home instead. Just think of how much study you could get done in the time you’d spend sitting on a bus, train, or ferry.

2. Study part-time

If you need to study part-time hours due to childcare or work commitments or even just personal preferences, then studying from home is a good option. Our on-campus courses are all full-time (at least 40 hours a week), but with distance learning you can choose to study for 20 hours a week if you prefer.

3. Enjoy a flexible lifestyle

Are you one of those people who thrive on flexibility? Do you love mixing up your routine every week and do you have great time management skills? If so, you will love the freedom of studying from home. You are able to set your own schedule and study when it suits you best. As long as you meet the deadlines for your assignments, you’re free to create your own hours.

4. Juggle study and kids

Many Auckland-based parents choose to study from home so they can juggle getting a qualification with looking after their little ones. You can choose to study full-time or part-time and fit your study schedule around your childcare obligations.

5. Get the best of both worlds

Studying from home in Auckland offers the best of both worlds. You live in New Zealand’s biggest city, which is overflowing with tourism jobs, so you won’t be short of job opportunities when you graduate. Yet, you can enjoy the flexibility of studying in your local community without needing to commute every day. By the time you graduate, you will be able to choose where in Auckland you’d like to kickstart your career. The opportunities are endless!

Study From Home is enrolling now for our airline, travel, and tourism courses. Get in touch today to find out how you could gain a qualification in this exciting industry.

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Aviation, travel or tourism? Which qualification is right for you?

Posted on 17/05/2017 by

Which career pathway will you choose? Aviation, travel or tourism?

You know you want to study from home with ITC – you just have one big decision to make. Should you study aviation, travel or tourism?

We teach three courses via distance learning:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

 
Which qualification is right for you? Here is some more information about each course to help you decide.

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 is perfect if you:

  • Are at the very beginning of your tourism career
  • Want to keep your options open and discover your “dream job”
  • Love learning about New Zealand tourism destinations

 
Even though it’s called the ‘New Zealand Certificate in Tourism’, this qualification covers some aviation and travel subjects, too – making it the perfect introduction to the entire industry. It’s a great place to start if you’d like to discover a wide range of career options.

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3 is perfect if you:

  • Know you want to work for an airline or at an airport
  • Love all things aviation – planes are your jam!
  • Want some help to find your dream aviation job

 
This qualification is a great introduction to a career with an airline or at an airport. If you want to be a flight attendant, check-in agent, customs officer, or work in customer service at an airport, then this course is a perfect fit. You’ll learn all about passenger handling, online ticketing & reservations, what it’s like to work for an airline, and much more.

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is perfect if you:

  • Have already completed a Level 3 qualification
  • Want to take your education to the next level
  • Love learning about international travel and tourism

 
There’s a reason this qualification includes the word travel – it teaches you about the exciting world of international travel and tourism. If you dream of one day working overseas, you’ll love this course. It’s also ideal for students who wish to apply for management roles – having a Level 4 qualification will help your CV stand out from the rest.

So there you have it – three fascinating courses. What will it be: aviation, travel, or tourism? If you’d like some more help deciding, get in touch with the friendly Study From Home team. We’ll help you discover which course is right for you.

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“Don’t let life get in the way of your dreams” says SFH graduate

Posted on 03/05/2017 by

Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris has some great advice for mums who would like to juggle studying with raising kids. Here she is pictured with her family at one of New Zealand’s famous Maori landmarks, Te Kohatu o Hatupatu. 

Study From Home graduate Stacey Harris started dreaming about travel as a young girl, listening to her aunt’s travel stories.

“My aunt told me stories about her OE. I found it so fascinating to hear about all the places she visited at the young age of 24!” says Stacey, who recently completed a travel and tourism qualification with ITC Study From Home.

Stacey was also inspired by her high school social studies teacher, who regaled the class with stories about Ancient Egypt and Greece.

One thing is for sure: Stacey is passionate about travel.

But she also understands the challenge of juggling travel with study and motherhood. As a mum to three children (aged 10, 4, and 2) Stacey knows what it’s like to be a busy, multi-passionate mum – and she has some advice for other mums who are thinking about studying from home.

“Take the plunge. Take the first step. APPLY!” says Stacey.

“If you are anything like me, and 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.”

She says studying as a mum is not always easy, but it’s so rewarding – and so worth the effort.

“Your studies will challenge you like never before. You may lose sleep (but sleep, what is that?). You may stress to meet deadlines and bite your nails waiting for your results. But, when it’s all said and done, and you graduate with that Certificate or Diploma in your hand and those little faces looking up at you – up TO you – smiling with pride and joy, well… there’s no greater reward!”

Stacey adds that studying with ITC isn’t all hard work – it’s also a lot of fun. Her favourite part of the course was learning about all the different travel options and experiences.

“From overnight luxury train travelling to luxury coach tours and my favourite, cruises! I loved learning about all the different cruise options, from the big cruise lines to the small ships. It was amazing, so the next holiday on the bucket list is definitely saving to do a family cruise,” says Stacey.

But before she sails away, she’s settling into her new job as Reservations Consultant for Millennium Hotels – a role she found soon after graduating.

“Upon completion of my course I took a short, much-needed holiday with my partner to Fiji, and then I got stuck into job hunting. I was extremely lucky to get an interview and be offered the job all in the space of 10 days,” says Stacey.

“I love my new job. It’s exciting, fun, and challenging all in one,” she added.

If you love travel as much as Stacey, and you’re looking for a fun new career, a travel and tourism qualification could be perfect for you.

“Travel and tourism is not just a job. It’s not even just a career. It’s an adventure, it’s a challenge, it’s a journey. And it’s YOUR journey!” says Stacey.

“The world is your oyster, you get to personalise it however you like. So get out there and start your journey today. Start it here with the International Travel College of New Zealand.”

Study From Home is enrolling now for the second half of 2017. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you get your travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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Small towns around NZ welcome independent Chinese tourists

Posted on 19/04/2017 by

Many hospitality business owners in small towns around NZ have noticed an increase in independent Chinese tourists recently.

Independent Chinese tourists are contributing to a spending boom in some regional New Zealand towns, Stuff.co.nz recently reported.

According to Stuff’s report, many hospitality business owners have noticed an increase in independent Chinese tourists over recent months. By ‘independent’, they mean Chinese tourists who are organising their own trips and itineraries – as opposed to tourists who are travelling on a pre-organised coach tour.

When people travel independently, they are more likely to spend longer in small towns, and therefore spend more money.

As ASB Bank senior regional economist Nathan Penny told Stuff, “the tourism boom is sharing the love around the regions now”.

Chinese tourism poised for more growth

This Chinese tourism boom is likely to continue over the coming years, especially since New Zealand and China have teamed together to designate 2019 as the ‘China-New Zealand Year of Tourism’.

“The publicity around the Year of Tourism is likely to increase interest in New Zealand as a holiday destination among the Chinese,” Tourism New Zealand’s acting chief executive, Brighid Kelly, said in a press release last month.

“China is our second biggest tourism market and still growing. More than 400,000 Chinese visit each year, creating numerous opportunities for the industry,” Ms Kelly added.

Good news for tourism graduates in regional New Zealand

The growth of New Zealand’s regional tourism industry will likely come as good news for tourism graduates living in small towns.

When tourists go off the beaten track and explore New Zealand’s regional gems, they inject money into local businesses and help local economies thrive.

If you live in regional New Zealand, why not make the most of the tourism boom by embarking on a career in airline, travel or tourism?

ITC’s Study From Home courses are open for enrolment now – a great opportunity for you to gain a tourism qualification from wherever you live in New Zealand. Get in touch today to learn more about our exciting distance learning qualifications.

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Study tip: Stay up-to-date with NZ’s airline, travel and tourism news

Posted on 22/03/2017 by

Sign up to the ITC Industry News Bulletin (link below) to stay up-to-date with the latest news from New Zealand’s exciting airline, travel and tourism industry.

Staying up-to-date with New Zealand’s airline, travel and tourism news is a great way to prepare for a career in this exciting industry.

If you follow the news, you’ll learn things such as:

  • What regions are attracting the most tourists
  • Where there’s a huge demand for skilled workers
  • The types of jobs available for tourism graduates
  • How much money the government is investing in tourism
  • The number of jobs created by the tourism industry
  • New flight paths and airlines coming to New Zealand

 
The more you know about the industry, the better you’ll be able to prepare for your first job. You’ll be able to impress potential employers with your knowledge – it’s a great way to show them that you’re passionate about your career.

How to stay up-to-date

The International Travel College has made it SUPER easy for you to keep up with NZ’s latest airline, travel and tourism news.

Every Thursday, ITC sends out an ‘Industry News Bulletin’ – a short email that summarises the week’s top airline, travel and tourism stories.

ITC does the hard work of selecting the most interesting stories, so all you need to do is pour yourself a cup of tea and take 10 minutes to read through the headlines and summaries.

Signing up is simple – just follow this link, enter your email address and click ‘Subscribe to List’. You’ll then get sent a confirmation email to your inbox (make sure you click ‘Confirm Subscription’).

It’s that easy! Within a few weeks, you’ll be “in the know” about the latest airline, travel and tourism trends from around New Zealand. Keep an eye out for trending stories in a town near you – you could stumble across the job of your dreams.

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ITC Study From Home donates $1,000 to community playground

Posted on 15/03/2017 by

Children love the new Waimauku Playground, to which ITC Study From Home generously donated $1,000.

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.

Study From Home donated $1,000 to the Waimauku Lions Centennial Adventure Playground, which officially opened on February 25.

Former prime minister John Key opened the playground alongside a local boy, Jamie Harnett. Jamie celebrated his 5th birthday last year, and instead of asking for presents, he asked all his friends and family to donate some money towards the playground. The community-minded five year old (pictured right) raised $350.

ITC’s Level 5 Programme Leader, Carla Sutton, says the Waimauku playground was an ideal project for Study From Home to sponsor.

“The Waimauku community and its surrounding suburbs are just far enough away from the city centre to make commuting to College a challenge for locals, especially those with children,” says Carla.

“With Study From Home, they can study towards an airline, travel or tourism qualification from home in Waimauku, without battling the traffic or public transport every day.”

Carla is also a longstanding member of the Waimauku Lions. On behalf of the community group, she thanks ITC and the rest of the contributing businesses for their support.

“We couldn’t have done this without all the generous donations we received from local businesses. We know the families of Waimauku will cherish this playground for decades to come.”

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Regional tourism boom creates jobs throughout New Zealand

Posted on 01/03/2017 by

Regional tourism expenditure grew in most regions around New Zealand in 2016, creating jobs throughout the country.

Do you live in regional New Zealand? If so, you might want to consider studying towards a qualification in tourism.

According to the latest estimates from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tourism expenditure grew in most regions around the country throughout 2016.

The three fastest growing regions are located in the South Island. Nelson is leading the way with a 14 per cent increase in tourism expenditure. The West Coast is hot on its heels (up 13 per cent), followed by Otago (up 11 per cent).

More spend = more jobs

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said tourism created thousands of jobs last year.

“Domestic and international tourism creates immense value for New Zealand, with tourism employing over 180,000 people in 2016,” Mrs Bennett said in a press release.

She added that the Government will continue to support the sector through investing in local infrastructure, especially in earthquake-affected areas.

“There is more work to do. The earthquake last November heavily affected the North Canterbury region, and though we are starting to see tourist spending recover slightly, it’s important we continue to market the area internationally, and encourage New Zealanders to keep visiting,” Mrs Bennett added.

Study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand

ITC’s Study From Home programme accepts enrollments from students all around the country, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

With Study From Home, you can access all course materials online – there’s no need to travel to a classroom. You will have support from dedicated Study From Home tutors via phone, email or video. You’ll also have access to an online forum, where you can ask questions and interact with other students studying the same course.

Contact us today to find out how you can kickstart your career in tourism.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

Posted on 08/02/2017 by

Discover the exciting world of international travel, ticketing and reservations, cruise ships, and more with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Want to take your travel and tourism training to the next level?

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is a comprehensive qualification with a special focus on international travel.

You will cover topics such as travel, tourism, aviation, ticketing and reservations, and working on cruise ships. You will also get the chance to participate in some practical work experience.

Course length: 21 weeks (full-time) or 42 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To find out more about this exciting qualification, we spoke with head tutor Ali Rigby. Here’s what she had to say about this course.

What is your favourite part of the course?

I love the Cruise and Coach & Overland topics. You learn all about the ins and outs of how each industry works. There’s also a research element which gives students a great opportunity to see what’s out there. By the end of these topics, you will feel really motivated to travel and experience it all for yourself.

What types of jobs could the NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4 lead to?

Jobs with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, wholesalers, adventure tourism… the sky’s the limit! The Level 4 qualification is a step above the Level 3 which means it will be favoured by most employers, especially if you also have some customer service experience. There is a huge range of jobs out there and I think the Level 4 course helps students figure out their career direction as you learn about each sector in-depth.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Stay motivated and stay on track with your study plan. Keep reminding yourself of the goals you want to achieve upon completing the course. Definitely use the tutors (that’s what we’re here for!) and fellow students for support. As you don’t have the classroom environment, it’s very important to reach out and communicate. Lastly – enjoy it, you’re already on the road to an exciting new career!

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3

Posted on 01/02/2017 by

Do you dream of working at the airport or for an airline? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation could be just the course for you.

If you love airports, planes, people and of course travel, then you’ll probably love the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation.

This Level 3 qualification teaches you tourism with a particular focus on aviation. You’ll study topics such as airport security and passenger handling, and you’ll find out what it’s like to work as a flight attendant or member of the cabin crew. You’ll also learn about online reservations systems such as Amadeus.

Course length: 25 weeks (full-time) or 49 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 21 August 2017

To find out more about this course, I spoke with head tutor Joy Carter. Here’s what she had to say.

What is your favourite part of the course?

Orientation Day. It is a real buzz to meet new students and see them embarking on a new journey. It’s a great introduction – a chance for them to meet fellow students, get to know more about the exciting travel and tourism industry, and how they will study online.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

Airport-based roles such as check-in, ground support staff, customs, Ministry of Primary Industries, security, airport operations, customer service, retail.

It could also lead to airline roles, such as ticketing, flight attending, ground crew, customer service, baggage handlers and aircraft cleaners.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Immerse yourself in the industry. Take an interest in what is going on – this will be your future.

Be prepared to invest your time and energy into your studies for the short time it takes to complete the course.

Also, ask for support from family and friends.

Any further comments about this qualification?

Be fully prepared before starting. Make a plan and stick to it. Your tutors are there to support you – please make use of us.

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and learn more about this exciting qualification.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

Posted on 25/01/2017 by

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could really take you places.

Thinking about a career in travel or tourism? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could be the perfect course to study from home.

An introduction to the world of travel and tourism, this qualification will teach you all about New Zealand geography and popular tourism destinations. You will also learn valuable communication and customer service skills to thrive in the industry.

Course length: 20 weeks (full-time) or 40 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To learn more about the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3, I caught up with head tutor Richard Euston. Here’s what he has to say about this exciting qualification.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

The list is endless – pretty much anything in the travel and tourism industry. Recently we’ve had graduates start work as travel agents, airport ground crew and on cruise ships.

There are also opportunities with hotels, car rental companies, coach tour operators and working at tourism activities, such as Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy.

One important thing to remember is that your first job in tourism won’t be your last, so take any opportunity you can to get started somewhere. You will find that career progression can happen very quickly!

What is your favourite part of this course?

Meeting our new students at our Orientation Workshop. It’s really the only time we get to meet the students after a lot of correspondence by phone and email, so it’s always great to put faces to names and find out what their aspirations are.

I would also say our annual graduation event is right up there, as it’s an opportunity for our students to celebrate their achievements and take a chance to reflect on all the hard work they have put in.

Having friends and family there makes it even more special, and there’s always such a great feeling of pride in the room.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Make sure you put together a study plan! Studying from home brings it’s own challenges so you need to be really organised and ensure that you have a plan in place to help you achieve. And don’t forget to ask questions and communicate with the ITC team – we’re here to help and we love talking to our students.

It’s also important to come to the course with an open mind and be ready to learn, and also with the knowledge you will be working hard and challenging yourself. And potentially in less than 6 months you can have an internationally recognised qualification which will get your new career started.

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Ten ways to treat yourself over the Christmas break

Posted on 14/12/2016 by
The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, it’s nearly time to set aside your study notes and relax for a few weeks. After months of putting study first, you can finally treat yourself to all your favourite activities.

Here are ten ways to make the most of your break so you come back to study feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in 2017.

1. Bake Christmas cookies with family

Nothing says “holiday season” like a Christmas baking session with family. Get together with loved ones to make some delicious spiced cookies or Christmas mince tarts.

2. Catch up on your favourite television shows

When you’re studying from home, there’s not much time to indulge in reality television or addictive Netflix series. Spend a day in your PJs and get up to speed with all your favourite shows.

3. Spend a day at the beach

Remember that day a few weeks ago when you were stuck inside studying while your friends were at the beach? You can make up for it this Christmas! On the next sunny day, grab your togs and head to the coast for a day of sun, sea and sand.

4. Go camping or hiking

Studying requires spending a lot of time inside. Make up for all the days you spent in the library by getting some fresh air. Go camping, fishing, on a long hike – whatever you do, enjoy time outside.

5. Be a tourist in your own backyard

You might be on a study break but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Do a nearby tourist activity to experience your local tourism industry firsthand. Check out these ideas for inspiration.

6. Donate some food to families in need

Christmas isn’t just about relaxing and getting presents – it’s also about giving. See if you can donate some food (or time) to a local charity this year. Giving is good for the soul, and will help people in need.

7. Decorate the Christmas tree

If you haven’t done so already, spend a day putting up fairy lights, getting out the tinsel, and hanging baubles on your tree. This is fun and relaxing and will most definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to listen to your favourite Christmas carols as you decorate!

8. Catch up on sleep

Enjoy the sweet, sweet feeling of switching your alarm off for a few weeks. Nothing beats waking up naturally!

9. Read as many books as you like

Does the thought of curling up with a good book sound like pure bliss? Get out a stack from the library and read for pleasure instead of study.

10. Dedicate a day to doing “nothing”

Can you remember the last time you woke up with zero plans? Keep one day of your break completely free and enjoy having “nothing” to do – you’ll be surprised at how relaxing and indulgent it feels!

ITC Study From Home will be closed from Friday 16 December and reopens on Monday 9 January. Enjoy your study break and we will see you in the new year!

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Record numbers of tourists visit regional New Zealand

Posted on 19/10/2016 by
Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

There was once a time when winter would leave the streets of ‘small town New Zealand’ deserted. As the weather cooled, summer holidaymakers would head back to their homes, and communities would prepare for a lull in visitors.

Times are changing. This winter, many of New Zealand’s regions showed no signs of slowing down. The streets were still bustling, bars and restaurants heaving, cash registers chiming. A variety of languages could be heard in any coffee shop.

According to data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), most regions saw an increase in tourism expenditure in the year to August 2016.

Nelson, for example, saw an 11.7 per cent increase in spending to $304 billion – making it the fastest growing region. Otago was hot on Nelson’s heels, with an increase of 9.6 per cent (to $3.2 billion).

New Zealand is well and truly in the midst of a tourism boom. And this is just the beginning. The tourism industry has set the goal of growing to $41 billion by 2025 – a big ambition that will need a strong, skilled workforce to become a reality.

In other words, there’s never been a better time to study travel and tourism. And thanks to the widespread growth of the industry, you don’t have to relocate to Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch to make your dream tourism career a reality.

Whether you live in the winterless north or the stunning south, on the east or west coast, or anywhere in between, there’s most likely a tourism job just around the corner from your home. You might find work at a local i-Site, a hotel or a bungy jump operator. Or maybe you will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at a youth hostel or work as a tour guide showing off the attractions in your region.

Whatever your dreams, ITC Study From Home can help you kickstart your travel & tourism career. We deliver airline, travel and tourism qualifications to students all around New Zealand via distance learning, meaning that you can study without needing to relocate to a bigger city. The only catch? You must be available to travel to Auckland for a workshop throughout your course – but what a great excuse to plan a trip to the big smoke!

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about our travel and tourism courses. 

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Meet the Study From Home team

Posted on 31/08/2016 by
Get to know the friendly Study From Home team by reading our bios (below).

The ITC Study From Home team is here to help you achieve your airline, travel or tourism qualification via distance learning.

At ITC Study From Home, you may study by yourself – but you’re never alone. The friendly team is here to support you every step of the way. From informative phone calls to encouraging emails, we help guide you through your coursework and ensure that you learn just as much as you would in a normal classroom environment.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet us – as well as fellow distance learning students – in person at one of the Orientation Days on campus.

In the meantime, you can find out a little bit more about us by reading our bios below. As you will see, we’re a friendly, positive team backed by years of practical experience. We look forward to getting to know you better.

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Carla – Distance Learning Tutor & Program Manager

Originally from the Netherlands, this is where Carla completed her travel and tourism training – gaining the equivalent of ATTTO level 3 and 4, as well as the IATA Instructors Foundation Diploma. Upon graduating, Carla worked in a large corporate travel agency for four years, before moving to New Zealand in 1989.

Once she arrived in New Zealand, Carla worked as a senior travel consultant and, later, a branch manager for Budget Travel (now known as Harvey World Travel). She then joined ITC in 1997, as a travel and tourism tutor, and then moved into an administrative role. Today, she manages the ‘Study From Home’ program.

“I really love managing the distance learning program,” says Carla.

“It’s great to meet people that share my passion for the travel and tourism industry, and who are keen to work in this field. Then to witness their success is simply the cherry on top!”

Carla enjoys her life in New Zealand with her husband Wayne and their daughters Louise and Monique. When she’s not working or studying, you’ll probably find her walking the dog at Muriwai Beach, pottering in the garden, or going on camping holidays around our beautiful country.

Richard Euston

Richard – Distance Learning Tutor

After Richard left school, he worked for the New Zealand Herald in the advertising department. After four years there, he decided to follow his dream of travelling the world. First destination? The 1994 football world cup in the USA, followed by London.

His love of travel inspired him to take a break from advertising and apply for a job as a tour guide with Top Deck. He was successful and spent two European summers travelling to places like Russia, Morocco and Turkey – and getting paid for it!

When he eventually returned to New Zealand, he continued his travel career by working as a consultant for Flight Centre. He spent 10 years with the Flight Centre Group, then moved into an account management role at APX.

Now, he’s joined his wife Stacey (a tutor at the Botany Campus) and is working for ITC. Outside of this job, he’s involved in a business called Bumper Ball, plays social football, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Together, he and Stacey have three beautiful daughters.

Joy

Joy – Distance Learning Tutor

Joy’s first career was in accounting, before her love of travelling attracted her to the tourism sector. After gaining a travel and tourism qualification, she spent ten years working as a travel consultant for the likes of Travel For Less, House of Travel, and Harvey World Travel. She found great fulfillment in selling many varied travel destinations and providing excellent customer service in order to satisfy customer needs. She developed a loyal customer base and many lasting relationships.

Joy joined ITC as a tutor at the Botany Campus in 2006. She loved working with the young, on-campus students and providing them with the training they needed for a career in travel and tourism. She was pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Study From Home team in 2015, and is now supporting and encouraging students who have taken on the challenges of distance learning.

An avid traveller, she has visited many exciting places all over the world.

“Amongst others, Santorini in the Greek Islands stands out as a magical place,” says Joy.

“In saying that, I have also been fortunate to visit many of our beautiful Pacific Island neighbours and their friendly people.”

She still thinks New Zealand is the best country in the world to live in, with its beautiful scenery and diverse culture. She enjoys her life here with her husband, two daughters, and four grandchildren. She works part-time at ITC so she can spend plenty of time with the little ones – the best of both worlds!

Ali Rigby

Ali – Distance Learning Tutor

Ali started her journey into travel and tourism in 2008 when she moved to Canada on a working holiday. She lived in Vancouver and worked in a rental shop at Grouse Mountain Ski Resort, doing fittings and taking bookings. Ali then spent the next year working and travelling around Canada and the United States.

“I soon realised that the travel bug was well and truly alive in me and just how much I loved working face-to-face with the many different cultures I met each day,” says Ali.

She then went on to live in Melbourne, where she worked in customer service for two years, before moving to the Netherlands. She was welcomed as a Meeting Point Manager for Sandemans New Europe Tours in Amsterdam, which operates walking and bicycle tours throughout the city and the rest of Europe. She loved being able to live in and travel around, Europe taking in its beautiful culture and history. After the Netherlands, she moved to Berlin before returning home to New Zealand to pursue another of passion – education!

Ali started working at ITC in the Schools/Marketing department delivering short courses to high schools in Auckland and various locations around the country. Absolutely loving teaching, she then moved into a full-time tutor role on-campus at the City Road campus.

Along with her partner Ryan, she has now moved to beautiful Raglan in the Waikato where she has begun working as a tutor for Study From Home.

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Is ITC coming to a town near you?

Posted on 02/03/2016 by
ITC's Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom right), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom left), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

The International Travel College (ITC) may be headquartered in Auckland, but we do our best to make tourism education available to students throughout New Zealand. Thanks to our Study From Home option, you can enrol on an ITC airline, travel or tourism course from anywhere in the country.

To spread the word about our exciting courses, ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016. This year they are visiting the following ten destinations throughout New Zealand:

  • Paihia
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Taranaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown

 
The purpose of this New Zealand-wide tour is to offer secondary school students the chance to experience a taste of the tourism industry before they graduate.

If you are currently at high school, are interested in travel and tourism, then this is your opportunity to learn all about this exciting industry and gain some credits at the same time!

The Tourism Education Team will be delivering a range of short courses for NCEA Level 2 and 3 covering topics such as Flight Attending, Adventure Tourism and Tour Guiding. Courses range from 1 to 5 days in length.

ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey said she’s looking forward to meeting students from all over the country.

“Last year’s short courses were so popular we decided to visit even more regions in 2016. Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the tourism industry and gain experience like no other,” Mel said.

“I can’t wait to inspire, motivate and educate students – it’s amazing how much they walk away with after one short course.”

I want to attend an ITC short course – how do I enrol?

If you are keen to attend an ITC short course, you need to talk to your tourism teacher at school or ask your careers advisor for more information. They will let you know if you are eligible to take part.

When are you coming to my town?

Below is an outline of the Tourism Education Team’s schedule. This could be subject to change, so please email Mel to confirm your booking.

Paihia
May 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course
May 12-13: Tourism Short Course
June 14-15: Adventure Short Course
August 2-3: Tourism Short Course
August 4-5: Adventure Short Course
September 6-7: Tour Guiding Short Course

Whangarei
April 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
June 16-17: Flight Attending Short Course
September 8-14: Tourism Short Course

Tauranga
August 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course

Rotorua
July 27-28: Level 2 Tourism Taster Short Course

Taranaki
June 21-22: Tour Guiding Short Course
June 23-24: Flight Attending Short Course

Wairarapa
May 3-4: Flight Attending Short Course

Wellington
May 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
August 24-25: Tourism Short Course

Nelson
May 25-26: Flight Attending Short Course

Christchurch
June 28-29: Flight Attending Short Course

Queenstown
June 29-30: Tourism Short Course

If your region is not included in this list, then don’t worry – we may still be able to come to you. We can arrange a short course in any area by request. Simply get in touch with Mel to discuss.

The Tourism Education Team looks forward to meeting you on the road in 2016!

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Leap Year Promo: Save 50% on all ITC Online Training short courses

Posted on 03/02/2016 by
Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Would you like to study airline, travel or tourism, but are currently unable to commit to a full-time course? ITC Online Training could be the solution you’re looking for. This interactive learning platform offers several online courses with prices starting from just $19.

To celebrate 2016 being a Leap Year, we’ve discounted ALL ITC Online Training short courses by 50 per cent. This could be the perfect time to leap into the tourism industry!

You can purchase as many courses as you like and enjoy this half-price discount. All you need to do is enter the promo code ‘promofeb2016’ at the checkout. This offer runs from February 1-29, so you have plenty of time to make the most of these affordable prices and learn a new skill.

Are you ready to take the leap?

About ITC Online Training

Unlike full-time courses which are taught by tutors and have regular assessments – and usually require at least a six month commitment – ITC Online Training courses can take as little as 20 hours to complete.

When you purchase an ITC Online Training course, you will have access to specialised information about airline, travel or tourism. You can then test your knowledge by taking interactive quizzes. The courses are intended to provide you with an introduction to the industry.

ITC Online Training offers courses in the following subjects:

Ground Handling and Airport Crew
Do you dream of working at an airport? This course will teach you about what it’s like to work at the check-in counter, an airline’s customer service desk or in customs/immigration. Buy now.

Cabin Crew
Would you love to work as a flight attendant? Discover everything you need to know about this exciting career choice. Buy now.

Careers in Tourism and Travel
If you’re thinking about a career in tourism and travel, but you’re still not sure this is the path for you, this course will help you decide. A great introduction to this industry, the course covers topics such as domestic and international tourism, tour guiding, working in a travel agency and more. Buy now.

Selling Skills
Sales is a large part of many travel and tourism jobs. Whether you’re selling holidays, accommodation or activities, it helps to have a few selling skills up your sleeve! This course will help you sell with confidence. Buy now.

Working on Cruise Ships
A job on a cruise ship is a wonderful way to see the world, meet new people and get some amazing experience for your CV. This cruise online training course will teach you what it’s like to work at sea. Buy now.

Winning with Customers
The tourism industry is all about helping people have an amazing holiday – so it goes without saying that you have to be great with customers. Fortunately, this is a skill that can be learned! This course will teach you how to wow your customers with amazing service. Buy now.

Tour Guiding
Working as a tour guide is definitely a lot of fun! You get to show people around and help them have a great time. Take this course and learn if you have what it takes to be an amazing guide. Buy now.

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Highlights from 2015

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From appearing on a Good Morning Advertorial to enrolling three people from the same family, 2015 was a great year for Study From Home.

At the end of every year it’s nice to look back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. For the ITC Study From Home department, 2015 has been a big one! Here are our top three stories from this year.

3. A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

We’ve been lucky enough not to have one, not two but THREE members of the Hicks family enrol in a Study From Home course.

Mum Robyn was so impressed with the qualification she received from ITC that she encouraged her daughters to pursue this exciting career choice.

It’s been brilliant having the family with us – we look forward to seeing what they decide to do next.

2. Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

If there’s ever been a shining example of ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’, it’s Michelle Laidlaw. This motivated mum of 7 decided to set up her home office in her wardrobe when she was running short on study space.

If this story doesn’t inspire you to achieve your goals in 2016, we’re not sure what will!

1. Study From Home appears on Good Morning

The ultimate highlight of 2015 was going into the Good Morning studios to film an advertorial. ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey and her beautiful six-year-old daughter Aria were the stars of our advert – Aria did an exceptional job.

This marketing opportunity allowed us to share our services with a wider audience, and we’ve enrolled several new students as a result. Thanks Good Morning!

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A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

Posted on 09/12/2015 by
Robyn Hicks and her daughters Chelsea and Katharine have all studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Robyn Hicks and daughters Chelsea and Katharine studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Passion for travel and tourism runs strong in the Hicks family. When mum Robyn enrolled in a course at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), little did she know she would soon inspire her daughters to do the same.

Fast forward a few years, and now Robyn’s two daughters, Chelsea and Katharine, are both well on their way to completing the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 through ITC’s distance learning arm, Study From Home.

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TIA: ‘Tourism supports 1 in 8 jobs in NZ’

Posted on 11/11/2015 by
The tourism industry is one of New Zealand's largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

The tourism industry is one of New Zealand’s largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, tourism could be an excellent career choice. As highlighted in a recent press release by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA), the sector supports many jobs throughout the country.

“Tourism supports one in every eight jobs in New Zealand,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

Mr Roberts acknowledged the nationwide importance of the sector in a press release about the Productivity Commission’s upcoming Tertiary Education Review. This review will assess New Zealand’s tertiary education system and consider new strategies moving forward.

The TIA is hopeful this review will reveal ways to ensure tourism education in New Zealand is of a high standard. As tourism grows, tertiary providers will significantly help prepare students for a career in this exciting industry.

“Our rapidly growing tourism industry requires many more people with the right skills to deliver outstanding experiences to both international visitors and New Zealanders travelling in their own country,” says Mr Roberts.

The TIA intends to work with the Productivity Commission throughout the review process “to identify the best ways to deliver tertiary education and training to tourism and hospitality students that meets the future needs of employers”.

As it stands, approximately 50 tertiary institutions teach some tourism and hospitality courses. The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is one of few providers specialising solely in airline, travel and tourism training.

If you live in regional New Zealand, you can gain a tourism qualification with ITC via distance learning. We currently offer four national qualifications; three at Level 3 and one at Level 4.

Tourism is one of few industries that has a strong presence in both large cities and small towns. There is a wide variety of tourist attractions throughout New Zealand, creating jobs in most regions – a topic we’ve been exploring in-depth in our Tourism Spotlight series.

Enrolling in a Study From Home course for 2016 could help you get your tourism career off to a flying start, no matter where in the country you live.

For more information about our 2016 courses, please get in touch today.

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Get a taste for the tourism industry with an ITC online short course

Posted on 07/10/2015 by
ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

Choosing what to study is a big decision. How do you know which industry is right for you? What if you’re torn between multiple subjects? If only there was a way to help you make up your mind…

Introducing ITC Online Training: a range of short, interactive online courses that you can take from home, at your own leisure.

These courses are the perfect opportunity to get a taste for the tourism industry without committing to full-time study.

Even better, there are courses to suit all budgets. ITC Online offers FREE taster courses and several introductory lessons for as little as $19. The most expensive online course is less than $250 – an affordable alternative to a six-month qualification.

Here are some of the topics you can learn more about with ITC Online Training:

 
ITC launched these courses as a way to make education about the airline, travel and tourism industry more widely available to people all around New Zealand and the world.

“You can sign up for a short course from anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet and a computer or tablet,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“This means people are no longer limited by their location or circumstance – everyone has the opportunity to learn more about this exciting industry. With several free taster courses to choose from, as well as a range of options available for less than $250, this is an affordable way to advance your education.”

The full list of online courses is available on the ITC Online Training website. If you have any questions about our courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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Highlights from Orientation Day

Posted on 09/09/2015 by
The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment - you'll walk away from the day with your first credits towards the course

The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment – you’ll walk away from the day with your first credits

Did you know all of our courses include an Orientation Day in Auckland? Held at one of our fabulous campuses, this compulsory, full-day workshop is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your tutors and fellow classmates.

The most recent Orientation Day was in August and held at the ITC City Campus. Our students travelled to Auckland from all around New Zealand to attend this valuable workshop. We promise it’s worth the journey – in fact, according to Study From Home Team Leader Carla Sutton, Orientation Day is often the key to ensuring every student gets off to a flying start.

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New Zealand’s tourism boom: it’s not just about Auckland!

Posted on 02/09/2015 by
Some of New Zealand's most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

Some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

When we say the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving, we really mean the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving – we’re not just referring to Auckland. Although our largest city may attract the lion’s share of media attention, tourism is also soaring in the regions. There are plenty of exciting career opportunities in NZ’s smaller towns, from the far north to the deep south.  

This is why we launched our Study From Home programme; so we could deliver excellent airline, travel and tourism training to all New Zealanders, not just Aucklanders. If you live outside of Auckland, and are thinking about your future career, maybe it’s a good idea to consider tourism. This people-focused industry is expected to grow steadily over the next decade and beyond, setting you up for amazing career opportunities.

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Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

Posted on 26/08/2015 by
Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle's innovative home office is a shining example of 'when there is a will, there is a way".

Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle’s innovative home office is a shining example of ‘when there is a will, there is a way”.

Where do you go when you want some peace and quiet away from your children? Why, the wardrobe, of course!

When Michelle Laidlaw decided to study from home, she knew she would need a secluded place where she could concentrate on her work without distractions. So the motivated mother of seven got creative and converted her bedroom wardrobe into a cosy home office.

“With my course related costs I brought myself a new computer and measured up my wardrobe. I then drove to the Warehouse Stationery with my tape measure in order to find a desk that would fit into my wardrobe so I could close the doors when not in use,” Michelle explained.

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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Lynelle Panton

Posted on 07/05/2015 by
New York City is the next destination on Lynelle's travel wishlist

New York City is the next destination on Lynelle’s travel wishlist. Photo credit: Josh Liba // Flickr Creative Commons

Lynelle Panton is a Tutor on the ITC Study From Home team. She shares some of her favourite travel memories with us in today’s blog.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

I did a lot of moving around when I was younger and always thought I am never going to move as an adult, but quickly realised that with all the moving I got to see some pretty amazing places and experience things I might never have had the chance to if I hadn’t.  I think when I was at high school lots of my friends were talking about studying and going off to do big OE’s and live overseas, and I knew I didn’t want to live anywhere else but NZ but still wanted to travel.  For me the most logical career was in the T and T industry.

What is your fondest travel memory?

When I was about 11 we had a 3 week holiday around the South Island.  I loved every minute of it.  We really do have a beautiful country with lots to see and do.  It makes you realise how lucky we are.

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Travel Q&A with Study From Home Manager Carla Sutton

Posted on 15/04/2015 by
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Study From Home Manager Carla Sutton knew she wanted to work in travel as soon as she stepped into a travel agency with her parents at age 13

Carla Sutton is the Manager of ITC’s Study From Home programme. Originally from the Netherlands, she has travelled extensively and has a passion for learning about different cultures. Here she shares her fondest travel memories.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

When I was 13 years old, I went with my parents to book our trip to the USA. That’s when I realised I wanted to be a travel agent. I picked all the relevant subjects at school (geography, languages, economics), finished high school, and enrolled at one of only two private travel & tourism institutes in the Netherlands. It was difficult to get in, there was lots of competition!

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Three reasons why you should consider a career in travel and tourism

Posted on 09/04/2015 by
A career in the travel and tourism industry is full of fun, adventure and variety

A career in the travel and tourism industry is full of fun, adventure and variety

Are you thinking about changing careers? Here are three reasons why you might want to consider working in the exciting travel and tourism industry.

1. The New Zealand tourism industry is booming

Did you know 1 in 11 people in New Zealand work in tourism? This number is only expected to grow as more and more international tourists travel to our beautiful country.

The government is investing heavily in marketing New Zealand to oversears visitors and these efforts seem to be paying off. According to an article published last week in the International Business Times, “New Zealand is in the international limelight”.

The article continues: “In 2015, it [New Zealand] is basking in the glory of having surpassed all records in terms of huge tourist arrivals.”

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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Richard Euston

Posted on 01/04/2015 by
ITC Tutor Richard has been all around the world, but beautiful Rarotonga remains the favourite place he has visited.

ITC Tutor Richard has been all around the world, but beautiful Rarotonga remains the favourite place he has visited. Photo Credit Robert Linsdell // Flickr Creative Commons

Richard Euston joined the International Travel College of New Zealand’s Study From Home team in January 2015. We asked him a few questions about his travel experiences so far.

What is your fondest travel memory?

There’s a lot to choose from but I would have to say our honeymoon. We stayed at the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore and also spent time in Bali in an amazing villa with it’s own pool.

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How to create a dedicated study space at home

Posted on 05/03/2015 by

Does your home study space put you to sleep? Don't worry, we've come up with some tips to create a study space that works for you. Photo credit: CollegeDegrees 360, Flickr Creative Commons

Does your home study space put you to sleep? Don’t worry, we’ve come up with some tips to create a study space that works for you. [Photo credit: CollegeDegrees 360, Flickr Creative Commons]

One of the most challenging aspects of studying from home is creating a space where you can concentrate on your learning with absolutely no distractions.

It’s far too tempting to juggle writing an essay with putting on a load of washing, watching the television or preparing a meal. Everywhere you look, you probably see chores waiting to be done!

The key to success is to set aside a dedicated study space. A space you can retreat to when you need some quiet time. This is especially important if you have a family or share a house with other people.

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Study From Home appears on Good Morning

Posted on 12/02/2015 by
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From left to right: ITC Marketing Director Claire with Aria, Good Morning Advertorial Host Mel and Melissa

ITC Short Course Tutor Melissa Fey recently appeared on Good Morning to talk about the college’s exciting Study From Home programme.

Melissa appeared on camera alongside her six-year-old daughter Aria and answered questions about studying in the airline, travel and tourism industries.

In case you missed the show, here are some highlights.

So Melissa, tell us about the International Travel College. What qualifications do you provide?

ITC is an award-winning college that provides qualifications for people wanting to enter the airline, travel or tourism industries. We have a strong relationship with these industries and this helps us find great jobs for students after they finish studying.

So you actually help your students find work? What kind of jobs can they get after studying with the International Travel College?

Our graduates work as tour guides, travel agents, flight attendants, airport check-in agents, customs agents, bungy jump operators… the list goes on! Tourism is one of New Zealand’s largest industries and employs one in 10 people. We actually have employers asking us for applications for existing roles.

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ITC Launches Online

Posted on 14/01/2015 by
ITC now offers a range of online courses

ITC now offers a range of online courses

On Thursday 7 August the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) officially launched its new online learning programmes.

ITC staff and industry members gathered at ITC’s city campus for the event. Distance Learning Programme Manager Carla Sutton introduced the online courses, thanking the staff involved in creating the courses, and the industry contacts who had provided valuable feedback during their development. Carla gave special mention to Karen Houston of Training & People Development Specialists, who had written the course material.

The courses – which cover cabin crew, ground crew, tour guide, and cruise staff training, customer service, sales skills, and careers in travel and tourism – are wide-ranging in their application.

As well as providing a cost- and time-effective way for those in the industry wanting to upskill and employers wanting to provide professional development for their staff, Carla also spoke about the positive impact they will provide for secondary school students.

“Many students don’t know what they want to do when they leave school; and our school contacts have expressed concern about how to keep students at school in their final high school years. These programmes will give them a taste of the exciting travel and tourism industry and we aim to engage their interest in undertaking further study.”

The accessibility of the courses, which are available on any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone, is one of their key benefits. Carla spoke about students being able to do lessons on the bus on the way home from school or work, undertaking stop-and-think exercises in their lunch time or connecting with their peers on the forums in the evenings.

Wendy Iceton showing on an ipad how flexible the courses are.

Wendy Iceton showing on an ipad how flexible the courses are.

Each course has a Bronze, Silver and Gold level, with Bronze providing basic course lessons and the Silver and Gold levels offering more personalised study and assessment. Gold students will have access to tutors and other students through online forums. Students who complete the Silver and Gold levels will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

A fourth Platinum option is available for customers who want to tailor the online training to their own business. This option provides flexibility in terms of branding, reporting, additional workshops and one-on-one sessions and will allow travel and tourism operators to provide highly relevant professional development to their staff.

It was clear from the evening’s presentation that a great deal of time, care and consideration has gone into developing these new programmes to meet the needs of the wide range of people interested in travel and tourism. And there is plenty more to come. Guests were asked for ideas on what other courses would be valuable for the industry and course writer Karen Houston promised she had plenty of new ideas as well.

Watch this space: http://itconlinetraining.com

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ITC Ready to Launch ITC Online Training

Posted on 26/01/2014 by
ITC offers short courses via ITC Online training site

ITC offers short courses via ITC Online training site

International Travel College is set to launch its new online short courses in August.

The online courses will cover training for cabin crew, ground crew, tour guiding, cruises, and careers in travel and tourism. Two online soft skills courses on winning with customers and sales skills have also been developed.

ITC’s Distance Learning Programme Manager Carla Sutton says the courses have been created in direct response to the needs of industry.

“We have strong connections across New Zealand with airline, travel and tourism operators. We asked them what they wanted from us and we were prepared to do what it took to provide it.”

The clear indication from industry was that ITC should offer courses that would allow all those involved in travel and tourism to benefit – from those just starting to explore their interest to those already working in the industry.

“Developing these courses for online delivery was the best way to do that,” says Carla. “It makes them accessible and affordable to anyone without the constraints of time or money to do onsite training.”

“Because people can study from any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone it’s perfect for those entering the industry, people wanting to update their skills, or employers wanting to help their staff update their skills.”

The courses ranges from Bronze to Silver and Gold, with Bronze providing basic course lessons and the Silver and Gold levels offering more personalised study and assessment. Students who complete the Silver and Gold levels will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

The courses have been extensively trialled with the help of ITC’s staff and on-campus students.

“As with all of our training, the online courses have been designed with real-world practical applications in mind,” says Carla. “They have been written and designed by authors with a huge range of industry experience, real work skills and great teaching experience.”

Feedback so far has been excellent and ITC is looking forward to launching its new courses in August 2014. ww.itconlinetraining.com

 

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ITC to offer Aviation Course via Distance Learning

Posted on 20/05/2013 by
ITC launches Aviation via distance learning

Aviation, one of the most popular ITC courses, is now available via distance learning

The level 3 course will be titled the National Certificate in Aviation Core Skills and will prepare students for entry level jobs in the aviation and travel industries. Its particular focus is on students who want to work for an airline or airport.

ITC has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland. Since 2006 the college has also offered a number of its courses via distance learning.

“There are many people in New Zealand who are unable to come to on-campus classes,” says Carla Sutton, ITC’s Distance Learning Programme Manager. “The reasons vary from having young children to other study or work to living far away from a campus.”

Students of the new aviation course will be able to choose between a 25-week full-time course and a 49-week part-time course.

“It’s not always easy for people to fit study into a life that is already busy with other commitments,” says Carla. “So we provide specific options and support wherever we can to help our distance students succeed.”

And ITC’s students agree that it all makes a difference.

“I thought it was going to be difficult, as I am also studying at university and looking after my son, but with the help and support from fellow students and ITC, I DID IT!” says graduate Caroline.

And Sarah says: “I have had so many changes and challenges over the last 6 months, and having study on top of it all seemed to be too much at times, but all your kind words and listening ears have made what seemed impossible very possible and easy.”

As with other ITC courses, students are given advice and help to create a CV that puts their best foot forward and highlights their particular strengths. And distance learning support staff put the students through a practice interview to help prepare them for real-world interviews and boost their confidence.

ITC graduate Carla recently got a job at Menzies Aviation: “This is exactly what I want to do and I cannot believe it,” she says. “It is really happening for me! Thank you so much for your wonderful teaching and the time and effort that you have invested in me. You have no idea how much it really means to me.” “That’s what it’s all about for us,” says Carla Sutton. “Knowing that we have made a genuine difference in helping someone to change their life and achieve their dreams. We are really looking forward to being able to offer the aviation course to people who want to work in this exciting field.”

For more information, please email carla@itc.co.nz or wendy@itc.co.nz or check www.itc.co.nz.

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ITC’s Distance and Online Learning Creates “Memories for Life”

Posted on 04/03/2013 by
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Study From Home graduate Anita van der Mespel recently started the job of her dreams at American Express

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland.

Since 2006, ITC has offered several of its courses via and distance and online learning (DOL).  ITC DOL graduate Anita van der Mespel recently achieved her goal of entering the travel and tourism industry with a position at American Express.

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me to get me to this place,” says Anita. “You have been truly amazing!”

Anita says that her time with ITC has “created memories that will stick with me for life. I’ve loved my time with you, right from the phone interview at the very beginning!”

“That’s such a wonderful thing to hear,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley. “One of ITC’s strongest features is its sense of being one big family – we really mean that – all the staff know the students by name and we have a huge range of activities that include our on-campus students.

“It’s important to us that our distance and online students feel that same sense of community and connection to the college.”

Many of the DOL courses have on-campus components, such as the Customer Service Workshop run in February this year.

Chantell Awheto attended the workshop and says she had “an awesome time”.

“It was nice to finally meet everyone,” she says. “The hard part is over – graduation, here we come! I look forward to seeing you all there.”

“The workshops give the students a chance to meet each other and their tutors face to face and have some fun in the campus environment,” says Claire. “Learning via distance has many advantages, but it can be isolating. It boosts the students’ confidence when they get together and see how much they have learnt.”

ITC also ensures that its DOL students are included in its prize giving and recognition of special achievements.

“Many of our off-campus students are working and caring for family members as well as studying,” says Claire. “It takes a lot of commitment to remain motivated and connected with your studies when you are not physically surrounded by others who are studying.”

One student who shows such commitment is Greg Bellett, who recently received a Spot Prize for Excellence.
Greg says: “I’m absolutely delighted and humbled to receive such an award. Too much! I’m sure you could have awarded it to any number of hardworking students in any number of classes. I’m enjoying my studies immensely and thank you for your guidance and support.”
“This is our seventh year of offering distance learning,” says Claire, “and its appeal is growing. It allows more people the freedom to upskill in a flexible and supportive environment. We hope it also encourages lifelong learning, where following your interests and passions is an ongoing process.”

Perhaps the best endorsement of that comes from Anita: “I have enjoyed it so much! Should I ever study again, I hope it is with ITC.”

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