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ITC celebrates long-serving staff with special morning tea

Posted on 19/06/2018 by

ITC staff members Carla Sutton (left) and Sarndra Stephens (right) celebrate their 10-year work anniversary.

The International Travel College (ITC) recently celebrated two of its long-serving staff members – Carla Sutton & Sarndra Stephens – with a surprise morning tea.

Both Sarndra & Carla have worked for the College for 10 years this May – and that’s just the second time around. They both worked for the College prior to 2008, but left to travel and raise a family before eventually returning.

“They just couldn’t stay away! We are so lucky,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“Both Carla & Sarndra bring a wealth of experience to the team. And they are two of the kindest, most dedicated people you’ll ever meet.”

Sarndra says she was “completely surprised” when she was ushered into her and Carla’s 10-year-anniversary morning tea. All the staff were dressed in her favourite colours of red, orange and black to celebrate the occasion.

“I love working for ITC and all the supportive people I work with,” says Sarndra.

She said there was “no question” about wanting to come back to ITC after she spent six years living with her husband in Australia.

“Landing back in NZ six years later with a young baby, there was no question about wanting to return to this amazing company with such incredible people.”

She adds: “I loved the morning tea, all the photos around the room of so many wonderful memories, seeing Karen (the former owner), and of course the champagne was just delicious. Big thanks to Claire, Kerry, and Michelle for the wonderful surprise.”

Carla was also blown away by the morning tea, which she said brought a lot of memories flooding back.

“The last 10 years has flown by, it really doesn’t seem like 10 years!” says Carla.

“With ITC’s help, I have been able to achieve both a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Business. Education is always going to be a passion of mine, whether it’s assisting our ITC students or furthering my own learning.”

Carla considers herself a life-long learner and aims to inspire students to approach education with the same energy and enthusiasm.

Sarndra sums it up pretty well: “Assisting ITC students into the airline, travel and tourism industry is such a buzz”.

We hope both Carla & Sarndra continue to enjoy this buzz for another ten years to come.

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Tips for making a career change

Posted on 12/06/2018 by

Are you thinking about changing careers so you can join the tourism industry? Read on for some great tips on managing the transition.

Are you thinking about making a career change and joining the tourism industry?

Firstly, great choice! New Zealand tourism is thriving and you’ll be stepping into an industry with so much potential for growth.

Secondly, we know changing careers is hard. So here are some tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.

1. Take your time (more…)

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Get job-ready with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

Posted on 05/06/2018 by

Get job-ready in just 21 weeks with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is one of our most popular and comprehensive qualifications – and there are spaces available on our June, July and August intakes.

If you’d love to work in the travel industry and you’re ready to start studying in the near future, contact us today to secure a spot on this sought-after course. Get in quick as spaces will fill fast!


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5 great things about working in tourism (according to ITC graduates)

Posted on 29/05/2018 by

ITC graduates share some of their favourite things about working in tourism.

Are you thinking about a career in tourism? Here are some of the best things about working in this exciting industry according to recent graduates from the International Travel College (ITC).

1. Meeting new people

Tourism is all about people. A job in this industry involves helping people travel — and therefore often involves helping people create once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

“I get the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world,” says Elena Moseeva, Customer Services Representative at Apex Car Rentals.

Shinal Chand, a Customer Services Agent at Aerocare, agrees.

“The high of my job is getting to engage with different types of people every day,” says Shinal.

2. Celebrating travel

If you’re passionate about travel, then you’ll love encouraging other people to travel. A job in the tourism industry allows you to celebrate your passion for travel — and instil it in others — every day.

Helloworld consultant Blair Lovett sums it up perfectly in just three words: he says the highlight of his job is “selling the world”.

3. Working with awesome colleagues

Tourism is a fun, vibrant industry — so the people you work with tend to be fun and vibrant, too!

Jessica Adamson works for STRAY travel and says the highlight of her job is “working in a great atmosphere with awesome co-workers and an amazing team ethic”.

4. Lifelong learning

The tourism industry offers endless opportunities for you to develop both professionally and personally, says Richard Forrest, a Passenger Services Agent at Menzies Aviation.

One of the highs of his job is “the opportunity to work and learn from great professionals that have a passion for the aviation industry”.

“I’m constantly learning new skills every day,” he adds.

5. Variety

We all know the saying ‘variety is the spice of life’ — and working in tourism offers a lot of variety.

“Every day is different,” says Armin Zhang, who is working as a Local Host for Tourism Holdings Limited.

“I’m busy every day, showing our campervans and motorhomes to renters from all over the world.”

Whether you’re meeting new people, learning new skills, enjoying new experiences, or solving new problems, one thing is for sure: you won’t be bored.

Would you like a job in tourism? ITC can help get your tourism career off to a flying start. Contact us today to learn more about our airline, travel and tourism qualifications.

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Study tip: Tackle your least favourite topics first

Posted on 22/05/2018 by

Studying your least favourite topics first is kind of like eating your greens before dessert!

Ever heard of the saying “eat your vegetables first?” Your parents were right: it’s good for you to eat your greens before anything else. Because if you don’t eat them first, you might never eat them at all.

A similar concept applies to studying: tackle your least favourite topics first. Work on the topics you like the least before you move on to your favourite subjects.

This might mean starting a challenging assignment before an easier one, or skipping all the ‘easy’ questions on a test and beginning with the questions you find the most difficult.

In other words, look for the ‘broccoli’ in each assignment and get that out of the way before you move on to sweeter subjects.


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ITC welcomes guest speaker from Migrant Workers Association

Posted on 15/05/2018 by

Anu Kaloti from the Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa spoke with ITC’s international students last week.

Homesickness, minimum wage rules, employment contracts – these are all issues pertinent to New Zealand’s international student community.

That’s why the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) welcomed a guest speaker from the Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa last week.

Association spokesperson Anu Kaloti attended an International Student Lunch at ITC’s City Campus on Wednesday 9 May, where she spoke in-depth about NZ employment rights, such as contracts and minimum wage.  


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Five tips for new tourism students

Posted on 08/05/2018 by

Are you a new tourism student? Here are some tips to help you succeed.

Are you a new tourism student at ITC? Here are five tips from ITC graduates to help you get the most out of your tourism qualification.


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Interview with travel entrepreneur Lorna Rose from Your World

Posted on 01/05/2018 by

Lorna Rose is the founder of Your World, a bespoke travel planning service.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a travel business? Do you dream of being self-employed and travelling the world?

Lorna Rose is living this dream. She’s the founder of Your World, a bespoke travel planning service.

Your World is different from traditional travel agencies because it’s completely independent. It’s not affiliated with any hotels, tourism operators or airlines, so all the trips that Lorna and her team plan are based purely on quality, price, and extensive independent research.

Lorna spends her days planning trips for clients all over the world. She also travels a lot and gets to call it work.

We recently interviewed Lorna to find out what it’s like to run a travel business. Read on for some great tips on being self-employed in this exciting industry.


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Three tips for writing a stand-out CV

Posted on 24/04/2018 by

ITC Employment Consultant Cathy Alder shares three tips for writing a stand-out CV.

Imagine this: you come across a vacancy for your dream job. Your heart soars! And then it sinks… because you have to send in your CV, and you’re not sure your CV is good enough.

Does this scenario sound familiar??

So many people miss out on getting a job interview because their CV is poorly written. Don’t let that be you!

At ITC, we can help you write a CV that reflects your experience and dedication. Our employment consultants are available to guide you on the CV writing process; all you need to do is ask.


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A day in the life of Ronika Lal – Academic Support Assistant

Posted on 17/04/2018 by

[Left] Ronika with a woman in traditional Japanese dress. [Right] Ronika at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, a famous pathway lined with thousands of orange torii gates.

Ronika is ITC’s friendly and organised Academic Support Assistant. Below she gives us an insight into her daily routine, including some tips for staying motivated and sticking to your study goals.

Describe your job

My job involves providing support to the tutorial teams. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance, inputting student results, and issuing certificates. I work at both the City and Botany campuses, with three days in the City and two days at Botany. I enjoy it as it provides variety in my week.


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