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Be Inspired: Sam’s journey from shyness to confidence

Posted on 05/02/2019 by

Meet Samuel Pascoe, an ITC graduate with an inspiring story to share.

Welcome to a new feature on the ITC Blog called ‘Be Inspired’. Every few weeks, we will give you a ‘behind-the-scenes’ glimpse into the journey of an inspirational ITC student and share what it took for them to achieve their goals. Everyone climbs their own Everest, and these students hope to inspire others by sharing the truth of their journey to the summit.

Before Samuel Pascoe started studying at ITC, he was self-described as shy, quiet, and a little bit lost.

“I didn’t know where I was going career-wise or what I wanted to achieve,” says Sam.

He’d completed a Diploma in IT but felt he unfulfilled by that career path. He knew he wanted to learn more about the world, but he didn’t know the next best step.

Then the opportunity to study at ITC came up, and things started to fall into place.

“Thanks to studying at ITC, I now know where I want to go in the tourism industry and how I need to achieve these goals,” Sam explained.

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‘Tourism makes life more meaningful’ says ITC student

Posted on 22/01/2019 by

Meet Anthony, an ITC international student from Shanghai with incredible work ethic, big dreams, and a huge passion for New Zealand tourism.

As far as reasons to study tourism go, Bo WU (Anthony) has a pretty good one.

Anthony (who is an international student from Shanghai, China) says that “tourism makes life more meaningful”.

“Tourism can broaden the horizon of a person,” Anthony explains.

“A person who loves travelling and learns to travel will have a better world outlook when he encounters anything.”

Of course, we completely agree.

Below is the rest of Anthony’s story. In this interview, he tells us about his career history (tourism is his second career so far), as well as what inspired him to move to New Zealand from Shanghai. It’s full of wisdom, insight, and tips – we hope you enjoy it.

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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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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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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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Five tips for fast-tracking your tourism career

Posted on 02/10/2018 by

A great way to fast-track your tourism career is to treat every job like it’s your dream job.

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ll know it’s never been a better time to enter the tourism industry.

There are more job vacancies than applicants, tourism businesses are expanding, and international visitor numbers continue to rise.

Tourism is thriving, and that creates the perfect conditions for you to fast-track your tourism career and take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

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Words to live by: “Effort always leads to something good”

Posted on 21/08/2018 by

Putting in effort often leads to opportunities you didn’t even know existed.

Studying is hard work sometimes (although it’s also a lot of fun). Sometimes it requires effort, commitment, and sacrifice. But you know what is great about putting in effort? It almost always leads to a reward of some kind.

We were reminded of this recently thanks to wisdom in the For The Interested newsletter. The writer, Josh Spector, included this sage piece of advice:

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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.

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