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ITC could be an option for Yr 13 students with back-to-school blues

Posted on 12/03/2019 by

The travel and tourism industry is fun, fast-paced and ideal for energetic people who are passionate about showing off New Zealand to overseas visitors.

Some Year 13 students returning to school for their final year in 2019 may be experiencing ‘back-to-school blues’.

While completing Year 13 is an excellent option for many, some students are tired of high school and ready to embark on their next challenge.

Beating the back-to-school blues

Enrolling at ITC could be a good option for students who have lost the motivation to excel in school, says ITC Marketing Manager Mel Jenkins.

“I was one of those students who ended up leaving 7th form to study a Level 3 and Level 4 certificate in Travel and Tourism. I felt more motivated because I could focus on something I loved,” says Mel.

“I finished this course and then gained employment with Air New Zealand, where I worked for 10 years before starting at ITC seven years ago.”

‘Try before you buy’ with an ITC short course

Mel’s first job at ITC was to run short courses (about travel and tourism) for high school students around New Zealand.

“If students are unsure about what they want to do next, but want to learn more about travel and tourism, I’d highly encourage them to give one of our short courses a try,” says Mel.

“These are like a ‘try before you buy’ option and can really help students find clarity around their next step.”

Students can find out more about them here or by speaking to their careers departments.

Options for everyone

When teaching the short courses, Mel frequently came across Year 13s who were no longer thriving in high school classrooms.

“All I want these students to know is that they have options,” says Mel.

“If they no longer want to be at high school, then it might be time for them to explore alternatives. Completing a travel or tourism qualification at ITC could be one option as we have ongoing enrolments throughout the year, which means they can apply whenever they feel ready – they don’t have to wait until 2020.”

ITC offers a fresh approach to learning

ITC differs from high school study in many ways. ITC students are encouraged to treat studying at the College like their ‘first real job’. For example, they are required to adhere to a professional black & white dress code, maintain high attendance records, and turn up on time.

Studying at ITC also involves a lot of practical role plays (for example, pretending to be flight attendants in the Airport Training Centre or setting up ticketing booths and practising customer service).

“It really is a step up from high school, but in a good way!” says Mel.

“The learning environment is fun, fast-paced, and outcome-focused. Many of our students study with us for about one year and then walk straight into a job out in the airline, travel and tourism industry.”

ITC has enrolling enrolments throughout 2019, with classes starting every month. Get in touch today to learn how we can get your airline, travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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