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Meet Brooke Robinson: The high-flying graduate who recently landed a job with Air New Zealand

Posted on 21/01/2022 by

Brooke Robinson is a keen traveller and ITC graduate who recently got a job with Air New Zealand.

Brooke Robinson is one of ITC’s lovely Christchurch graduates who graduated in late 2019. She completed both her Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates with ITC and attained Distinction with both.

Not to mention, she was also awarded the academic excellence award and was one of the student representatives for her class during level 4 as well.

Brooke grew up in a travel-loving household with both parents in the industry, and was always interested in following in their footsteps. After graduating ITC, she spent a year working in real estate, but always wanted to get back to tourism, so recently applied for a role with Air New Zealand – and landed it.

So of course, we interviewed Brooke to learn more about her new job.

Congratulations on the job! Was it always a dream to work with an airline?

I had always had a keen interest in working for an airline but I didn’t really know which part of an airline I would most want to work in.

While studying at ITC you learn about a roles throughout the industry you never would have known about. Working ground crew for an airline was definitely something that piqued my interest and I was fortunate enough to complete my 1 week work experience placement during Level 4 with Plane Biz, which is a Christchurch company who has contracts to complete check in, ground operations, loading and more with a lot of major overseas airlines such as Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.

It was during this week that it solidified for me that this was in fact the job I see myself doing in the future. Since then I have worked hard to ensure I have the skills and experience to land the role when the opportunity presented itself.

How was ITC (and the lovely Nicky) involved in helping you get the role?

When you finish at ITC, they never forget about you! There is always ongoing support for you from ITC well after you graduate.

Nicky kept me in mind when new jobs were advertised and I was always checking the ITC Jobs Facebook page too. When I saw this role, I emailed Nicky and she helped me look over my CV before I submitted my application. She also sent a letter of recommendation on behalf of ITC to go alongside my application. The ITC workbooks were also a great help for preparing for my interview too so be sure to keep those and review them when you head for an interview yourself!

What will you be doing for Air New Zealand?

My position with Air New Zealand is a Customer Service Agent at Christchurch Airport, which comes with a variety of duties and responsibilities.

What are your ultimate career goals? 

While studying, this is the role I saw myself in in the future and with everything that has happened over the last 2 years, I am very thankful that this has been possible for me.

For now I am very happy to be where I am but perhaps in a few years’ time, if the opportunity came, I would love to continue to grow within Air New Zealand and potentially transfer to other airports around the world to continue to deliver the exceptional Kiwi service while experiencing other cultures and cities at the same time.

Do you have any advice for current and future ITC students?

My advice would be to put yourself out there and enjoy the journey. The time you have with ITC is invaluable and you will learn an incredible amount from the tutors, other students, guest speakers and the course material. Be sure to ask questions, build and maintain positive connections and have fun!

Ready to fly high like Brooke?

Brooke is a fantastic example of what you can do when you have a goal and keep working towards it. The team at ITC is so excited to see her succeed, just as we love supporting any of our graduates into industry roles.

If you’ve got your sights set on the tourism industry, ITC can help you get there. Get in touch to find out more about our courses – or to find out how to enrol!

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

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Graduate interview: Meet Jack Persen, who recently landed a role with Air NZ!

Posted on 01/12/2021 by

Study From Home graduate recently landed a role with Air New Zealand.

Jack Persen earned his qualification with Study From Home, then set out to find a role in the industry – ideally in aviation.

Our team of Employment Consultants worked with Jack and encouraged him to apply for a Customer Service Agent role with Air New Zealand in Hamilton. Jack very nearly got the job but only just missed out, and clearly Air New Zealand were impressed, as they called him back to apply for a different role instead.

That’s why this summer Jack will be working with unaccompanied minors as they travel around New Zealand, a fantastic first role in the industry and one that is sure to quite literally take him places.

We received wonderful news after this amazing opportunity that Jack has been offered a permanent role as a Customer Service Agent with Air New Zealand.  He starts his new role on the 7th February 2022.  We are so pleased he still got tp his dream job.

We had a quick chat with Jack about his time with Study From Home and his unaccompanied minor role.

What was your favourite thing about Studying From Home? 

My favourite thing about studying from home was the flexibility of being still able to work part time and study when I am not working. I did also enjoy having fun and supportive tutors to work with.

How did you find out about the job you’ve applied for?

I found out about the role after they had told me that I wasn’t successful in the previous job I had applied for. Air New Zealand rang me a couple of days later offering me a different position which could lead into the role I had originally applied for.

How have you found the process of application with Air NZ? What has that been?

The process with Air New Zealand has been easy. The process started off with them ringing me to offer me the role. Once I had accepted the job, there were multiple security and health checks that I had to do which were very easy and organised by Air NZ.

How has ITC supported you with the application process?

ITC supported me with helping with my CV and also giving me helpful advice with the process of application and heaps of information about the job itself. It helped give me confidence when going through the interview process.

Do you have any advice to help inspire anyone else deciding to enter into tourism or aviation?

Follow your goals, stick to what you are doing and always put 100% effort into whatever it is. It will pay off in the end.

Working in aviation

Jack won’t be the only one getting a job with Air New Zealand this summer, as the Auckland border comes down and we look ahead to open borders for the whole country, the entire aviation industry is gearing up and hiring huge numbers of skilled staff.

In fact, Emirates recently launched their hunt for more than 3,000 cabin crew and hundreds of support roles – and that’s just one airline!

If you’d like to work in aviation, now is the time to earn a qualification so you’ve got the skills and knowledge to start a job with Air New Zealand like Jack, or any of the countless airlines around the world seeking staff right now.

Take a look at the qualifications you’ll earn with Study From Home, and get in touch with the team to find out more about enrolling!

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

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Meet the graduate who explored New Zealand while earning a valuable travel and tourism qualification

Posted on 21/04/2021 by

Rhiannon Cribb earned her qualifications in travel – while travelling!

When you earn your travel and tourism qualification with Study From Home, you have a large amount of flexibility.

Some students work part time, some have family at home to look after, and some simply enjoy the freedom of being able to learn while sitting comfortably on the couch in their PJs! And for some, it’s an opportunity not just to learn about travel and tourism, but to experience it at the same time.

That’s what Rhiannon Cribb, a Study From Home level 3 student, did during her studies. Here’s a little more about her experience with us, including studying during a pandemic, her goals for the future, and her great advice for anyone considering the industry for themselves.

Rhiannon’s story

I began studying with ITC at the beginning of 2020, and although 2020 didn’t go how we all wished It went, ITC made studying through a pandemic, easy.

I decided to study travel and tourism when I began intermediate and took my first international flight across the ditch to Australia with my family. Going through the airport and boarding the plane, seeing all the flight attendants dressed and groomed so perfectly made me so excited to study travel and tourism and one day become a flight attendant.

I decided to study online with ITC because I had gained the “travel bug” and wanted to work as much as possible to save my money and take all the holidays I wanted in 2020. Although internationally It didn’t happen, I was able to explore our own country, New Zealand. This was made possible because I was studying online and could get my work done in my own time, while on holiday. Because of ITC’s option to study online, I have been able to visit so many awesome, new places, that I would never have had the time or money to do, If I didn’t decide to study online.

The travel industry has been hugely impacted due to Covid-19 and I’m so thankful that I was given the opportunity to study travel and tourism and gain more knowledge to prefer myself for my future job as a flight attendant as I knew a job as a flight attendant wasn’t possible at the time.

If you are thinking of studying travel and tourism from home but still unsure of it, do It! You will get to spend more time with family and friends (which we all know we didn’t get enough of in 2020!) and more time to do more of what you love, whether that be travel, sport or just having some alone time.

Get in touch with Study From Home, because you can start any time – even right now!

Keen to enjoy the flexibility of distance learning so you can use your spare time to explore like Rhiannon did? Study From Home is accepting enrolments right now, and you can begin your courses whenever it suits you. Get in touch to learn more today.

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

 

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Meet graduate Shania Wheatley: Finding success in travel and tourism at every turn

Posted on 09/02/2021 by

Shania Wheatley is a keen traveller and a successful ITC graduate who is currently studying level 5 through Study From Home.

We were fortunate enough to meet Shania Wheatley when she studied with us at ITC on our City Road campus. She studied with us in 2016, and very quickly landed a sought-after spot in Disney’s Cultural Exchange Program following her qualification.

We even interviewed her about her fantastic success back in 2017!

Now, Shania is back in New Zealand, both studying our level 5 course through the Upskill4FREE initiative with Study From Home and working in the industry. We thought it was the perfect time to catch up again!

What have you been up to since we last spoke? 

I’ve done a lot since we last spoke. I went off and completed a Disney internship working as a slide operator at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, and then transferred to merchandise at the emporium in Magic Kingdom.

Once I returned to New Zealand I started working for Air New Zealand for a while before transitioning into a more admin role with Haka Tours which was a fixed term contract.

How did covid-19 impact your career?

In February of 2020 I had signed a contract and was supposed to start my dream job becoming a travel agent. However at this stage Covid had spread from China and had hit all over Europe, so a week before I was supposed to start I lost the job due to the impact of the spread internationally.

It was a very confusing time as no one in New Zealand really understood the virus and no one realised the impact it would have on our country, let alone the world, as it hadn’t even transitioned onto New Zealand soil yet. So at the very beginning I thought I was quite alone.

ITC was great though, when it happened, and I got the email that I had lost this role I called Sarndra straight away and she had a list of roles available which she talked through with me and was ready to put my name forward for. Little did I know, 1 month later our first case arrived in New Zealand.

What is your current job position and how are you finding it?

I have recently moved to Christchurch and I have gained a guest services role with the Chateau On The Park, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel which is currently a isolation facility. It sounds daunting, but honestly I feel more safe checking in a guest there than I do walking around in the community due to the health and safety and PPE protection protocols they have in place at the hotel.

How did you hear about the Upskill4FREE program and what made you decide to try it?
I actually reached out to the chief executive of ITC Claire Huxley as she posted on Linkedin how ITC has been impacted by Covid, and I just sent her a private message about the praises I had for both Toni and Sarndra and she mentioned it to me and it just went from there.

What are your ultimate career goals?

To this day I have worked for airlines, cruise-lines, entertainment, and at the moment breaking into hospitality so to answer that now I don’t actually know. The tourism industry has so many areas that you can work in.

You really aren’t limited to a certain sector when in the industry. I would love to go back to being a travel agent as I didn’t really even get to start that but right now opportunities are popping up left right and centre. I’m happy where I am now but in a few years you just never really know what doors can open up as with my current role I could go worldwide.

What do you think is next for New Zealand’s tourism industry?

The tourism industry in my opinion struggled the most, but we are also recovering the strongest. The way tourism companies have established new ways to do things and the new roles that have been created show Covid isn’t going to hold us back. Even with the borders closed there are still so many opportunities being created daily by operators.

If I was a student at the moment worried about the future of tourism I’d just want them to remember that a few years ago we were affected by the swine flu and look how we recovered from that. Tourism may be affected with huge global pandemics like this but you won’t see any other industry bounce back like we do.

Use this opportunity while the borders are closed to network! As soon as the borders open up it’s going to be as busy as ever and they will look for the most qualified, but while it’s calm and borders are closed operators are more than happy to train up from the beginning, so use this time to attend events and network with those in the industry.

Personally while I was at ITC I was attending International Travel Summit conferences with industry leaders from around the world, which have been held in Auckland, and also TIA – Tourism Industry Aotearoa – conferences in Rotorua. These allowed me to network and I actually received business cards from senior leaders from different tourism operators telling me to reach out once I had finished my Disney internship, but I didn’t end up needing them as having Disney on the resume opened a lot of doors for me.

 

If you’re interested in studying from home while working like Shania, get in touch with the team to see how our courses can work for you.

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

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

Posted on 06/01/2021 by

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

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

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

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

What is your current role and how is it going?

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

What made you decide to study travel and tourism?

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

How did our courses prepare you for your career?

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

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

Do you have any advice for current students?

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

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

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

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

What are your future career plans/goals?

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

 

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

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

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