5 ways students benefit from our close ties with the tourism industryPosted on 06/08/2019 by Jess O'Connor
The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is actively involved in the tourism industry.
ITC has close ties with tourism businesses and organisations – and students reap the benefits.
Here are five ways ITC’s industry involvement helps students advance their tourism careers.
1. Tourism professionals as tutors
Our tutors are experienced tourism professionals. They all bring real-world travel and tourism experience to the classroom, from their many years of working in the tourism industry both in New Zealand and abroad.
This means ITC students get exposure to ‘real-life’ tourism from their first day of class. Our tutors share stories from their professional life and back up all their teachings with real-world examples.
ITC tutors teach from hard-won knowledge and wisdom out in the industry, not just from textbooks!
2. Work experience
ITC has work experience agreements with several airline, travel and tourism businesses.
Most students* get the chance to go on work experience with at least one tourism business throughout their studies, if not more.
*To be eligible for work experience, students must have good grades and attendance rates.
3. Industry expos
ITC hosts regular industry expos to give students the chance to speak directly with industry employers.
At an industry expo, representatives from several tourism businesses come into ITC to explain what they do, what kind of graduates they are looking for, and what it’s like working at their company.
Some of our students have walked away from an industry expo with a job offer – or at the very least, they’ve made an excellent first impression.
Our next industry expo is on August 27.
4. Exclusive job opportunities
Many tourism employers come to ITC first when they are looking for new hires. Some employers only advertise with ITC – and nowhere else!
Students get access to some of the best jobs before the rest of New Zealand.
They also get assistance with preparing for job interviews and applications from our employment consultants.
5. Networking opportunities
If a student is looking for advice about a particular job or specialisation, we usually know the right person to ask.
We’re excellent networkers, which means we have a solid understanding of the industry right now and don’t rely on outdated information to pass on to students.
We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with all the latest news and trends.
See ITC’s involvement with the industry yourself at our upcoming Careers Day
ITC is hosting a Career’s Day next week (13 August) and you’re invited!
Come along to our City Campus to hear from ITC graduates now working out in the industry. Hear straight from ex-students and learn all about their tourism jobs.
Anyone is welcome to attend this event. Bring a friend, and drop in any time from 9 am to 6 pm. See you there!
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