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The year in review: Highlights from 2018

Posted on 18/12/2018 by

ITC staff and students have had plenty to smile about in 2018.

Can you believe that 2018 is nearly over?!

It’s been a massive, wonderful year for ITC, with many student successes to celebrate. Here are some of our top stories from 2018.


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Work experience leads to tourism jobs for many ITC students

Posted on 11/12/2018 by

ITC arranges work experience opportunities for students at tourism businesses such as SkyJump (pictured).

When an ITC student goes on work experience, they could be meeting their future employer for the first time.

Many students who participate in work experience end up working for that employer later down the track – sometimes as soon as one week later.

For example, Brookglenn Olsen recently started a job at InterCity after doing work experience there in late November. She got a call one week after her work experience offering her a job. She’s now working part-time in the afternoons and will go full-time in January once she’s finished her qualification.


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Meet Nicky: She could help you find a tourism job

Posted on 04/12/2018 by

ITC’s new Employment Consultant, Nicola McCutcheon.

Nicola (Nicky) McCutcheon is the newest Employment Consultant at ITC. Her role is to help students find employment in the airline, travel and tourism industry.

She shares this role with Sarndra Stephens, a long-serving ITC employee. Together, they help students with their job search through initiatives such as:

  • On-campus CV workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Work experience and volunteer opportunities
  • General support, encouragement, and advice

Past and present students can use the Employment Consultants in their job search. Whether you’re currently studying or you’ve already graduated, you can reach out to Nicky or Sarndra for support. (more…)

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ITC celebrates IATA success

Posted on 27/11/2018 by

ITC’s 2018 cohort of IATA students accept their certificates at a special on-campus lunch to celebrate their success.

This year, several ITC students sat down to complete a very challenging test: the IATA Foundation Course final exam.

The exam (like the entire IATA course) is intensive and demanding, but ITC is pleased to announce that 100% of its students passed – a great result considering the nature of the test. (more…)

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Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018: Key talking points

Posted on 20/11/2018 by

Te Papa, Wellington: the venue for the Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018.

Earlier this month (Nov 8), the Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018 was held in Wellington.

Hundreds of tourism delegates met at Te Papa to discuss the future of tourism and exchange ideas, opportunities, and challenges.

Here are some of the key announcements and talking points from the day.


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“I work at the happiest place on earth” says ITC graduate

Posted on 13/11/2018 by

ITC graduate Benjamin Strickland is working at Disney World in Florida.

Imagine being able to wake up every morning and say “I work at the happiest place on earth”.

That’s a reality for ITC graduate Benjamin Strickland. He is working at Disney World in America as a Quick Service Food and Beverage Attendant. He’s stationed in the Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom.

“I work for one of the most well-known companies in the world and the location I work at is the happiest place on earth,” says Benjamin.


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ITC students to volunteer at CATE 2018

Posted on 06/11/2018 by

This year’s CATE Conference will be the biggest yet with close to 700 delegates expected to attend.

Several travel and tourism students from ITC are participating in an exciting work experience opportunity next week.

They will be volunteering at the annual CATE (Careers & Transition Education Association Aotearoa) Conference at SkyCity from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November.


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Three inspiring speeches to watch at all stages of your tourism career

Posted on 30/10/2018 by

Listening to inspiring speeches is a great motivator.

Tourism is a fun, rewarding industry, but like any sector, it takes hard work, commitment, and a positive attitude to climb the career ladder.

Whether you’re a high school student, a recent graduate, or 20 years into your career, watching inspiring speeches is a great way to stay motivated (and an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s wisest people).

Here are three of our favourite inspiring speeches to watch (and rewatch) at all stages of your tourism career.


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ITC students dress up in colour to raise money for Kidscan

Posted on 23/10/2018 by

ITC students all dressed up to raise money for Kidscan.

Normally, the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) enforces a strict black and white dress code (to help students get into the habit of dressing professionally).

However, if you walked into the ITC City Campus on October 3, black was almost nowhere to be seen.

Everyone turned up to College in their brightest colours to raise money for Kidscan.


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Welcome back Laura: ITC graduate returns to pursue Disney dream

Posted on 16/10/2018 by

Laura Orsbourn hopes to work at Disney World after completing the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism Level 5.

After graduating with a Level 4 qualification seven years ago, Laura Orsbourn has returned to ITC to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism Level 5.

Laura has spent the past seven years working in hotels, and is studying Level 5 to pursue her lifelong dream of working at Disney World.

“I have come back to ITC to apply for the Walt Disney Cultural Program 2020,” says Laura.


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