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Did you know you could be studying within a WEEK with Study From Home?

Posted on 26/07/2023 by

Our courses are so flexible, you could be starting your qualification within a week!

With most colleges (and even with ITC!), start dates and graduation dates are all determined by a pre-set schedule. That means turning up on time and making sure your schedule fits around class times.

With Study From Home, it’s the complete opposite.

The incredible flexibility you get when studying from home

Study From Home offers the same qualifications as ITC, but gives you all the flexibility for when to start and when to study.

For example, if you get in touch today and enrol, you could be starting your qualification – and potentially taking the first step towards an amazing career in travel and tourism – all within the next week!

Not to mention, studying from home means that you don’t have to rearrange other aspects of your life, such as work or family. Instead, you can study in the evenings, over weekends, or whenever you have the time.

For example, Study From Home graduate Ruby Roche worked full time throughout her studies, and is now flying high in her dream job as a flight attendant with Air New Zealand.

Of course, you’ll still need to find the time for regular study, but it won’t need to be on our schedule!

Working in the industry by summer

Our New Zealand Certificate in Tourism and New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation are both level 3 courses, and both take just 20 weeks to complete (studying 30 hours per week).

That means if you enrol now and get started within a week, you’ll be able to earn an industry-recognised qualification and learn the basics of travel and tourism – all before Christmas.

As the busy summer season gets underway, you could be graduating from Study From Home, and one of our Employment Consultants could be working with you to help you find a job in the industry.

Just take a look at how many listings there are for jobs in travel and tourism on the GoWithTourism website. There are usually also plenty more that come available in early summer as the busy season kicks off.

Overall, that means plenty of opportunities for you to find fun, fulfilling work when you graduate.

Could your life look completely different in just 6 months?

For more information about how you could transform your life this week, book a free info session. You can do this over the phone or in person – whatever you prefer. This session is designed to answer your questions and give you all the information you need to get started.

You can even do a free trial to see exactly what it would be like studying from home and using our online portal to earn your qualification.

Or if you already know Study From Home is the right choice for you, you can easily enrol online here.

For any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Study From Home – 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or

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Your insider’s guide to: Working in a senior HR role at a leading hotel

Posted on 30/05/2023 by

We hear from Carol Mendes (centre), Assistant Director of Human Resources for Cordis Hotel, about her career and what it’s like working in HR.

Travel and tourism is an incredibly broad industry, with many different pathways to take.

To help highlight the range of options available to our graduates, we’re getting in touch with some of our industry connections to learn a little more about the different jobs and what it’s like to work in them.

We’ve heard about what it’s like to work in bungy jumping, and this time we’re taking a completely different perspective. We’re chatting to Carol Mendes, the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Cordis Hotel.

Read on to learn about her story, and what she looks for in new employees. 

Can you tell our readers about your career? What roles did you do before you became the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Cordis Auckland?

I started my career as manager for a hostel in Rio (Brazil). Then moved into hotels as receptionist and fell in love with guest relations and people management. Working for Accor in Brazil, I became the youngest front office manager in the country – I was 21 years old.

Over 10 years in operations meant I moved around different managerial roles, including executive housekeeper for a pre-opening hotel here in New Zealand. Operations Manager was my last role before moving into Human Resources full time as an advisor, then manager and now Assistant Director of HR.

What is the career journey of someone working in Human Resources or in Hotels like the Cordis Auckland?

In either case, I believe your career will be a reflection of what you choose to focus on. In my case, the focus was always people. I always knew I wanted to work around public, so I chose roles that allowed me to be guest facing, people management, training and finally Human Resources.

What does the average day look like for someone who works in your role?

Cordis Auckland has over 450 colleagues so there’s never a dull day in the HR department! I usually work from the office so colleagues can come in anytime to ask questions or to chat, which is a nice break from the reporting, planning and strategy I do on my day to day with the HR team. Meetings with colleagues, managers and other stake holders are also part of my routine.

 What would surprise us about working for a hotel like the Cordis Hotel?

We are very sustainability focused and this topic sits within Human Resources too. We have an internal sustainability program for the whole Langham Hospitality Group called CONNECT. Inside CONNECT we have several goals (e.g.: ending waste to landfill by 2030, increasing energy and water efficiency, etc), events (e.g.: colleague wellness month, happiness day and etc) and contribute to our community with hundreds of community service hours every year (e.g.: beach clean ups, fundraising activities, etc).

What do you look for in employees who want to work at the Cordis?

The main thing we look for in a candidate is their attitude. Meeting someone who is keen to work and learn is really exciting for a manager! We believe in learning and development in all levels and have a dedicated learning and development manager inside the HR department, which means we can provide interested colleagues with the skills they are required for their role, but positivity, will to learn, curiosity and excellence seeking, are part of a posture that come from within.

Is there anything that is unique about the Cordis Hotel?

I’d say we are a pretty unique hotel in New Zealand. Our dedication to heartfelt kiwi service, size, quality of product, bespoke spa and amazing restaurant really make us stand out. But our colleagues are really what make us unique. The dedication and passion of every single person who works here is what create great memories to all guests, customers and colleagues who set foot in our property.

Is there anything new or exciting coming up for the Cordis?

It’s the first whole year of operations since we opened our Pinnacle Tower so 2023 should be our best year yet, with lots of events (for colleagues and guests) planned, a steady occupancy and great staffing levels. Keep an eye on our Instagram for constant updates!

Do you have any final advice for anyone who wants to work in our industry?

Never close a door. Our industry (and country) is all connected and our market values a well referred candidate, so make sure you leave great memories everywhere you work and for sure you will collect great ones in your future too.

Get qualified with ITC or Study From Home

Whether you’re interested in working in hotels, getting into the human resources side of tourism, or something else, ITC and Study From Home can be the perfect starting point.

Our qualifications provide the foundational knowledge for these industries, providing you with the basics you need to get a foot in the door in travel and tourism. If you’d like to learn more about our courses, we’d love to hear from you!

Study From Home – 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or

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ITC and Study From Home a proven pathway straight into the travel and tourism industry

Posted on 29/06/2022 by

Want to work in New Zealand’s vibrant travel and tourism industry? ITC and Study From Home can make it happen.

Right now, anyone with any kind of travel or tourism qualification in New Zealand is hot property. The industry is desperate for qualified staff, which is why we’re seeing our Study From Home and ITC graduates finish their studies with us and immediately land jobs.

In fact, right now it’s taking just one or two days for graduates to gain employment.

They haven’t even hung their qualifications on the wall by the time they’re accepting a job offer in the industry!

Feedback from recent graduates

When we asked recent graduates if they would recommend their ITC or Study From Home experience to friends and family, 100% of them said yes.

That includes all of the graduates who finished their studies so far this year in our Auckland City and Botany campuses, and all of those who studied online with Study From Home.

We also asked for their most outstanding experiences during their time with us:

  • “The bonding and close relationship each student has amongst each other. However the amount of support and encouragement from both tutors and students was the most outstanding experience for me! If it wasn’t for their inspiring words I wouldn’t be here about to complete the course and gain my qualification.”
  • “I’ve learnt so much about the travel industry, also it was a goal to meet new people from different cultures.”
  • “The support from Take but also ALL other tutors and staff. It is amazing how ITC is a big family and I loved the support system here.”
  • “Gaining more in-depth knowledge about the tourism industry and the impact it has worldwide.”
  • “They’ve become my family”
  • “How supportive the tutors are”
  • “The knowledge I gained, the flexibility and adaptability of the tutors, school systems and processes, and the amazing time and tutoring provided by the tutors.”

How our qualifications get you a foot in the door

Right now, there are global talent shortages like the world has rarely ever seen, and job placements in the travel industry recently hit their second-highest level ever.

As we expected following the pandemic, the tourism industry is booming here and around the world. New Zealand travel and tourism employers are seeking qualified staff to help them get ready for a busy winter tourist season, followed by a huge summer tourism season later this year.

And we’re proud to see so many of our students graduate and start their first job in tourism within just a day or two of receiving their certificates!

Our Study From Home and ITC courses focus on giving students the real-world skills and knowledge they need to get started in the industry straight away. Our students learn about travel requirements and documentation, customer service, cross-cultural communication, and much more, giving them a great foundation in travel and tourism skills no matter what kind of role they are looking for.

If you’re looking to get into travel and tourism, Study From Home can offer you the qualifications you need to go from graduation to employment in just days, all through distance learning online. Get in touch to learn more.

Study From Home – 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or

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