ITC grad lands amazing cruise ship job AND is off to Disney World!Posted on 13/06/2017 by Jess O'Connor
It’s been an amazing year for Shania Wheatley. In mid-2016, she packed her bags and moved from Hamilton to Auckland to study tourism at the International Travel College – and she hasn’t looked back.
Since arriving in Auckland, she’s graduated with a Level 4 tourism qualification, landed a job in the cruise ship industry, and been accepted into the Disney Cultural Exchange Program.
“Moving from Hamilton was a hard decision. Living on my own, working, and studying at the same time was a challenge – but it was well worth it,” says Shania.
“Auckland has so many opportunities. Even though it’s more expensive than other cities in New Zealand, it’s for sure a main tourism destination so there are plenty of jobs.”
With ITC’s help, she landed a job working in the cruise ship industry.
“Thanks to the team at ITC, I have gained a job working with cruise lines from all over the world such as Princess Cruises, Holland America Line cruises, and even Norwegian cruises,” says Shania.
“Being only 18 years of age, this is a massive opportunity that I’m going to cherish.”
Shania is also travelling to the United States in August to live and work at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She is excited about the opportunities this experience will create.
“I will be able to network with managers throughout the Disney company and may even have the option to stay overseas and work with them for a long time,” says Shania.
She adds that she couldn’t have achieved these opportunities without the help of the tutors and support staff at ITC.
“Without the amazing travel stories and the passion and the dedication the tutors show, I wouldn’t be on this amazing career path today,” says Shania.
“I know other people in my class with great tourism jobs, and it won’t be long until we see the rest of my class secure roles in their chosen field, too.”
Are you inspired by Shania’s story? Get in touch today to learn how you too could work in Auckland’s booming tourism industry or be off to Disney World!Posted in News, Student success |