International Travel College

Stay up to date

Check out the ITC Blog
Follow us on:

News

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 96 other subscribers

Like ITC on Facebook

Why ITC students strive to never miss class

Posted on 14/08/2018 by

At ITC, students are encouraged to treat studying like their first job – and that means no skipping class.

Skipping class is a normal part of being a student… or is it? Not at the International Travel College (ITC). At ITC, students strive to never miss class because they have their eye on a bigger prize: a 100% attendance record.

Achieving 100% attendance is one of the highest honours an ITC student can graduate with, as it immediately makes a good impression with tourism employers. If a student achieves 100% attendance, it shows employers they are dedicated, committed, reliable, and professional — all attractive traits when it comes to working in the industry.

(more…)

Posted in News, Student success, Study inspiration | Leave a reply

Five ways ITC teaches cultural awareness

Posted on 07/08/2018 by

A performance during Global Wednesday, a student event that teaches about cultural awareness.

To thrive in the tourism industry, it’s essential to cultivate a deep and genuine appreciation of different cultures. Cultural awareness is one of the best skills a tourism professional can possess — which is why ITC teaches it in several ways.

One ITC graduate — Madison Ryan — is now working in customer service for Explore. When asked to name a skill she learned at ITC that she uses every day in her career, she said cultural awareness. So did Gerrit Faalogo (who is in Aviation Security Service), Mikaela Rivers (who is working for a hotel), and Jasmine Tua (who is working for Menzies Aviation), as well as many more ITC graduates.

Jasmine Tua says studying at ITC helped her “gain confidence when speaking to new people travelling from the other side of the world”.

So how does ITC foster a sense of cultural awareness in its students? Here are five innovative ways ITC teaches cultural awareness to tourism students.

(more…)

Posted in News, Student success, Study inspiration | Tagged , , | Leave a reply

ITC students visit tourism businesses in Christchurch

Posted on 31/07/2018 by

ITC’s Chch students recently visited two hotels and a Flight Centre to learn more about working in the local tourism industry.

Students from ITC’s Christchurch Campus recently visited local tourism businesses to see firsthand what it’s like to work in the industry.

They visited Flight Centre, Breakfree Hotel and Crowne Plaza in one epic, eye-opening day.

ITC Level 3 student Ja Kharkrang was really impressed with how much she learned on the site visits.

(more…)

Posted in In the Community, News, Student success | Tagged , , , , | Leave a reply

ITC Graduation is in 10 days – have you got tickets?

Posted on 24/07/2018 by

ITC Graduation is an unmissable opportunity to celebrate your achievements with friends and family.

There are only 10 days until the “highlight of the year” – ITC Graduation. Have you got your tickets?

The Graduation Ceremony is on Thursday 2 August at the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre. There are still tickets available – just ask at reception or email college@itc.co.nz for more information.

Graduation 2018 will be an amazing evening. It’s an opportunity to celebrate your achievements alongside your friends, family, ITC tutors, and tourism industry professionals.

(more…)

Posted in News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply

Five reasons to volunteer for unpaid work experience

Posted on 17/07/2018 by

Volunteering for work experience is a great opportunity to meet employers in the travel and tourism industry.

If you dream of working in the airline, travel or tourism industry, a great way to kickstart your career is to volunteer for unpaid work experience.

Unpaid work experience might not pay in cash, but you will reap plenty of other rewards in exchange for just a few days (or hours!) of your time.

Here are five reasons to give unpaid work experience a try.

(more…)

Posted in News, Student success, Study inspiration | Leave a reply

Would you want an employer looking at your social media?

Posted on 10/07/2018 by

Whether you agree with it or not, most employers will check your social media before meeting you. So it’s important to create a professional online presence.

Imagine you are going for a job interview. You choose a professional outfit, practice speaking in front of the mirror, and get ready to impress your interviewer with your experience and dedication. You know you are going to make a wonderful first impression.

But, what if your first impression wasn’t when you walked into the interview room to meet your potential employer?

What if your first impression was when they did a quick Google search of your name and viewed your social media accounts?

(more…)

Posted in News, Study inspiration | Tagged , , , |

One month until ITC 2018 Graduation

Posted on 03/07/2018 by

A proud ITC graduate poses with staff at last year’s graduation ceremony.

The countdown is on until ITC’s biggest event of the year: Graduation.

On August 2, hundreds of graduates will celebrate their achievements with family, friends, tourism industry representatives, and ITC staff at the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre. (more…)

Posted in News, Student success | Leave a reply

“Your dream job is worth the wait” says ITC graduate

Posted on 26/06/2018 by

ITC graduate Danielle Marescia has just landed her dream job with Virgin Australia.

Finding your dream travel or tourism job might take a few years, but ITC graduate Danielle Marescia says it’s well worth the wait.

Danielle has just been offered her dream job as Cabin Crew with Virgin Australia after years of working hard and gaining customer service experience.

“My dream job has always been to become a cabin crew member,” says Danielle.

“I’m so grateful for ITC’s support. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for ITC.”

(more…)

Posted in News, Student success, Study inspiration |

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.

Posted in News, Staff News | Leave a reply

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…)

Posted in News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
1 2 3 31