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Meet the graduate who ‘jumped’ into a job with AJ Hackett!

Posted on 31/01/2023 by

Fleur recently landed an incredible role in Queenstown.

If you spent some of your summer exploring New Zealand’s fantastic attractions, hiring rental cars, flying up and down the country, or staying in hotels, there’s a real chance you came across an ITC graduate at some stage.

Many of our wonderful graduates work in travel and tourism all over Aotearoa, including Fleur, who recently started an exciting role with AJ Hackett in Queenstown after studying at our Whangarei Campus. It was all thanks to her time at ITC, the work experience she did as part of her course, and her genuine hard work and passion for the industry.

We had a quick chat with Fleur to ask her for all the details about her time at ITC and her new job.

How do you feel your ITC qualifications prepared you for your new job at AJ Hackett in Queenstown?

ITC Level 3 and 4 has been a great foundation for my career in tourism. As we were learning about different parts of NZ, I knew that I wanted to go back to Queenstown for my birthday as I hadn’t been here since I was much younger.

We did so many amazing things like the Shotover Jet, a helicopter ride up a snowy mountain and a boat cruise to Milford Sound – everywhere we looked was just beautiful and everywhere felt safe.

The course gave me the confidence to organise my trip by myself, book tickets, find accommodation and book all our activities. Before started my job, I drove down from Whangarei to Queenstown, a road trip that took me to beautiful places I had never been to. I loved Kaikoura for example.

What were the highlights of your time at ITC?

The course teaches you about so many places around the world but also about New Zealand. Had I not done this course and gone on a work experience, I would not have approached AJ Hackett and had this amazing experience at 17.

The courses also opens your eyes to so many different pathways you can follow in travel and tourism like being a tour guide, working at the airport in customs, in tourist attractions (Fullers Boat) being a flight attendant, etc. The many roleplays we did gave me the confidence to speak in front of people and I feel much more confident now then when I first started.

Tell us about your work experience and what opportunity came from it?

My work experience was at AJ Hackett at the Auckland Bridge. It was a lot of fun!

I did my first jump there, then more jumps from the Sky Tower. Everyone there is young and fun! They said my five days could count as an interview for a job if I wanted one. I told them I would prefer to be in Queenstown and they encouraged me to apply which I did – a few days later, they rang for a video interview and offered me the job!

What advice do you have for others looking to study with ITC?

Whether you know what pathway you want to follow or not, this is a great course to learn about the world and about NZ Aotearoa.

It’s great learning regardless of what you want to do because everyone wants to travel at some stage. Plus in just one year you gain two certificates, that can lead to doing further studies in tourism management if you want to but they are also enough to lead into employment.

Follow in Fleur’s footsteps (jumping off bridges not required!)

Do you have a dream career in mind in the travel and tourism industry? Earning qualifications at ITC can help to open doors all over the country and the world.

Fleur loves the thrill of bungee jumping, but whether you’re dreaming of a high-adrenalin role like hers or a high-flying role such as flight attending, ITC can help to make it happen.

Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team to learn more about our qualifications and how they might lead you into a rewarding career in travel and tourism. Or, simply come along to one of our upcoming enrolment days to have a chat in person and enrol on site!

Campus Study – 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or


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