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Introducing Aruna Crichton and Susanne Snow

Posted on 16/02/2016 by
The lovely Aruna (on her birthday) and Susanne, our two fantastic student services advisors at ITC City Campus.

The lovely Aruna (on her birthday) and Susanne, our two fantastic student services advisors based at the ITC City Campus.

Aruna and Susanne recently joined the ITC City Campus team as Student Services Advisors. They are the lovely smiling faces you’ll see at the reception desk or the bright voices you’ll hear on the phone. Both ITC graduates, they are perfectly placed to help current students. Learn more about their experience and travel dreams below.

Aruna Crichton

Aruna

I have always been interested in travel and tourism and wanted to work in this exciting industry. I completed a short course with ITC while in high school and enjoyed it so much I decided to enrol in 2012!

I chose to study at ITC because it’s a friendly environment and I felt so welcome from the day I first stepped into the building. I enrolled on both the Level 3 and Level 4 courses and graduated from both. This was a really good experience for me as I got to learn new things about the industry and see places I’ve never been to. I enjoyed going on work experience with SkyJump as I got to see what it’s like to work as one of the frontline staff dealing with a lot of international tourists. I also had the opportunity to experience one of New Zealand’s major tourist destinations – Rotorua. This was a huge highlight for me.

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Six ITC graduates share their tips for success

Posted on 09/02/2016 by
From left to right: Tuita, Jessica, Lewis, Gemma, Mohammed and Evelin.

From left to right: Tuita, Jessica, Lewis, Gemma, Mohammed and Evelin. Now leading successful careers in the tourism industry, each of these graduates share their tips for success with current ITC students.

Studying can be hard. Sometimes, you might be tempted to skip class or take a break. But, as these successful ITC graduates will tell you, it’s all worth it! When you’re feeling low on motivation, read these tips and remember: there’s an amazing career waiting for you when you graduate.

Jessica Adamson

“If you feel like you have been studying for a lifetime and that graduating is so far away, keep working hard because in the end it will all be worth it. Study hard and it will pay off.”

– Jessica Adamson, Customer Service Representative, Contiki

Lewis Wilson

“If you really want to do something go get it and DREAM BIG.”

– Lewis Wilson, Slide Operator, Disney World

Tuita

“Study hard and aim high. Try your best in everything you do, because your future is what counts.”

– Tuita Tokareta, Customer Service Representative, 360 Discovery Cruises

Evelin

“Make the most of every opportunity you are given. Even if it’s not your dream job, but if it helps you get one step closer, grab it with both hands and run with it.”

– Evelin Toala, Flight Redemption Consultant, American Express

Mohammed Alzergawi

“The best advice I could give them is to always show up to class, make sure they do the work, to put in the hard work now and it will pay off in the end. Make sure you finish all of your assessments.”

– Mohammed Alzergawi, Sales Representative, Disney

Gemma Delia

“Study seriously, put in the hours and do the work to your best standard. The travel industry is competitive and the best jobs go to those who are willing to work for them.”

– Gemma Delia, Wholesale Travel Agent, Adventure Travel

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Learning outside the classroom: ITC students visit Te Tahawai Marae

Posted on 02/02/2016 by
ITC students visit Te Tahawai Marae to learn about Maori culture

ITC students learn how to weave flax and perform a traditional Maori song and dance at Te Tahawai Marae

A group of students from ITC’s South Auckland campus recently visited Te Tahawai Marae in Pakuranga to learn about Māori culture. The students are currently studying a cultural unit which requires them to research the many different cultures that are important to New Zealand’s tourism industry.

They were welcomed onto the marae with a traditional powhiri, followed by an engaging history lesson about the marae’s heritage. The group learned about the significance of some carvings and listened to stories that have been passed down from ancestors.

ITC tutor Cathy Alder said it was wonderful to see the students enjoy this special experience.

“As most of our students are from different parts of the world, this is sometimes their first time in a marae. This visit was a great insight into the beliefs and practices of Māori culture, as well as an insight as to how much this culture is a part of the New Zealand tourism industry,” says Cathy.

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Get 2016 off to a great start with a course in travel and tourism

Posted on 05/01/2016 by
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New Zealand’s tourism industry is expected to grow exponentially in 2016. A qualification from ITC can help you pursue this exciting career path.

On behalf of everyone at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas break.

Now that 2016 is underway, it’s a great time to start thinking about your goals for the year ahead. If you’ve been thinking about pursuing a career in airline, travel or tourism, it’s not too early to start working towards this dream.

ITC has classes starting as early as January 11 – that’s less than a week from now! Even if you’re not ready to enrol on this date, you could still arrange to come into the college for a chat. Every day our friendly course advisers meet with prospective students and chat to them about their interests and ambitions. It’s their job to provide students with advice about which course might best suit their needs.

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ITC graduate gets her ‘Disney Ears’

Posted on 08/12/2015 by
Taryn Brown graduation

Taryn Brown, a former ITC student, recently graduated from the Disney World Cultural Exchange Program.

Exactly 8 months ago to the day, ITC graduate Taryn Brown received the good news that she was off to Disney World for the work experience trip of a lifetime.

Participating in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program has been a goal of Taryn’s since she started studying tourism at ITC. After much hard work and determination, in August she found herself on a plane to Orlando – her dream was coming true.

Now, many new friends and amazing memories later, Taryn has graduated from the program and received her ‘Disney Ears’.

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‘I’m over the moon’: ITC graduate secures dream job

Posted on 24/11/2015 by
Tony Moses is 'over the moon' about the education he received from ITC.

Tony Moses is ‘over the moon’ about the education he received from ITC. Tony studied the Level 3 Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation and recently started a new job with Menzies Aviation.

A graduate from the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has landed a great job with Menzies Aviation at Auckland Airport – and he believes this is largely thanks to the support and encouragement of his tutors.

“I’m over the moon with how much time and support the tutors gave me and my classmates,” says Tony Moses, who recently completed the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation at ITC’s South Auckland Campus.

“They give so much of their own time and advice, and help students with whatever career direction they want to go in. I’m honoured to be known as an ITC graduate,” he added.

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ITC’s team building tenpin bowling fun

Posted on 10/11/2015 by
Students from ITC enjoy a fun day tenpin bowling at Metrolanes in Queen Street.

Students from ITC enjoy a fun day tenpin bowling at Metrolanes in Queen Street.

Last Tuesday students from the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) descended upon Metrolanes in Queen Street for a day of tenpin bowling fun.

Every class from the City Campus participated in this team building event, a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know each other outside of college.

ITC organises events like this every few months to help students to stay motivated and engaged. Just a few weeks ago, the South Auckland Campus organised an X-Factor competition for similar reasons. Sometimes a break from the classroom is the best thing for productivity levels.

“These events are a great chance for students to make new friends, improve their self-confidence and just generally have a bit of fun. After all, that’s what the tourism industry is about – working with people and having a great time!” says Tisi Tupou, Student Services Adviser.

What’s more, the better students get along, the more likely they are going to look forward to coming to college. Having a good group of friends in the classroom helps students stay on track. By the time graduation rolls around, most students have made lifelong friendships.

“It’s heart-warming to see friendships blossom around the college,” says ITC’s City Campus Manager Michelle Chatfield.

“As long as students are attending class on time, abiding by the college dress code and of course completing their work to a good standard, then we encourage them to have as much fun as possible while they’re here. Like Tisi said, tourism is a fun industry and we like to reflect this on campus.”

With the year nearly coming to an end, the next student event is likely to be Christmas related – watch this space!

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Last chance to apply for an ITC 2016 scholarship

Posted on 03/11/2015 by
Last year's scholarship winners pose with their certificates alongside ITC tutor Ali Rigby.

Last year’s scholarship winners pose with their certificates alongside ITC tutor Ali Rigby.

Would you like to win some money to go towards your studies at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) in 2016? If you’re passionate about airline, travel or tourism, you could be eligible for a scholarship.

We have a pool of $25,000 on offer, with scholarships ranging between $1000 and $5000 each. Entries close on 7 December, so you have just one more month to submit your application.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to receive financial assistance. Apply now to get your travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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ITC graduate lands dream job with Aerocare

Posted on 13/10/2015 by
ITC graduate Jacinta Nelson recently started working with Aerocare as a check-in agent for Jetstar, her dream job.

ITC graduate Jacinta Nelson recently started working with Aerocare as a check-in agent for Jetstar. She is a wonderful role model and a shining example that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

The team at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is incredibly proud of graduate Jacinta Nelson, who recently started her dream job working with Aerocare as a check-in agent for Jetstar.

Aerocare is Australia and New Zealand’s leading ground handling company. It partners with airlines to deliver exceptional customer service and support to passengers.

Jacinta has long had her eyes set on a career with Aerocare and was overjoyed to be offered a job. A mature student, Jacinta is sharing her experience to show others that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

“I believe everyone – at any age – can fulfil their dreams and achieve their goals,” Jacinta says.

“To all current and future students: don’t give up too easily. Keep going until you reach your dream.”

Jacinta joined ITC’s Botany Campus in April 2015 and completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation. This 21-week course is an ideal introduction into the world of aviation and covers topics such as check-in, aviation security, flight attending, international travel documentation and more.

Many students who complete this course go on to work at airports or for airlines. It’s a great course for anyone who is passionate about air travel and wants to work in this exciting industry.

Jacinta is a shining example of how with hard work, determination and the right qualification, you can achieve your career dreams.

“We are so proud of Jacinta – she is a role model to all students, past, present and future,” says ITC Botany Head Tutor Cathy Alder.

“She said a couple of years ago that she thought she could never do it. Well, now here she is: she has proved that she can! It’s never too late to starting learning and never too late to gain your dream job. Congratulations Jacinta – you’re a super star!”

ITC is enrolling now for 2016 courses – get in touch today for a friendly, no-obligation chat about how we can help you achieve your career goals.

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ITC students enjoy confidence boost with X Factor fun

Posted on 29/09/2015 by
Every year the ITC Botany Campus holds an X Factor style competition for its students. This is a great way for them to learn how to work in a team and boost their confidence.

Every year the ITC Botany Campus holds an X Factor style competition. This is a great way for students to practice their teamwork skills and overcome stage fright.

“The tourism industry is all about people.” This is something ITC students hear multiple times from their tutors throughout their studies. ITC places a huge emphasis on customer service skills, as there’s nothing more important in the tourism industry than being able to work with a variety of different people – all while maintaining a bright smile and friendly attitude.

For some people, great customer service comes naturally, but for others – especially those who are shy – it can be hard to talk easily to strangers. The ITC tutors do their best to give shy students a confidence boost, through effective training and support.

However, sometimes the best confidence boosts come through trying something a little bit different!

Every year the ITC Botany Campus holds an ‘X Factor’ style competition. This student event is designed to be a bit of fun, but it has the added bonus of helping people overcome their stage fright and learn how to speak with confidence in front of crowds – a skill that is invaluable out in the industry.

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