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Graduate interview: Meet the ITC graduate who discovered her dream job after studying at ITC!

Posted on 07/04/2021 by

Meet the ITC graduate who discovered her dream job after studying at ITC!

After graduating from ITC, Paige Halpin set out to take on the world of tourism and travel – although she didn’t quite know exactly where she wanted to be just yet.

She began with a stint at Walt Disney World, and only discovered her dream job once she returned home to New Zealand.

We asked her all about it in our latest graduate interview, as well as how Covid-19 affected her career, what she thinks is next for the industry, and her advice for current and upcoming ITC students! (more…)

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It’s no joke! You can still enrol for our 2021 Business in Tourism Diploma

Posted on 31/03/2021 by

It’s not too late to enrol in ITC’s two-year Business in Tourism Diploma!

It might be April 1 tomorrow, but we’re not kidding around – we’re still accepting enrolments for our two-year Business in Tourism Diploma.

Courses start for this diploma at our Auckland City and South Auckland campuses on April 19, so you still have time to enrol and earn yourself a fantastic qualification that will be recognised by tourism and travel operators here in New Zealand and around the world.

Here’s a little more about what diploma involves and how you can enrol to kick-start your career in tourism. (more…)

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Meet Acacia Barnes: A graduate who enrolled at ITC after more than a decade in another industry

Posted on 30/03/2021 by

Student Acacia Barnes is studying with ITC after first spending a decade in an entirely different industry!

In March 2020, Acacia Barnes was like many students around New Zealand. She was finishing up her studies at ITC and looking forward to an exciting career ahead – but the pandemic threw a spanner in those works.  

Thanks to ITC’s flexibility, all ITC students were able to quickly switch to our online platform, which is how Acacia completed her level 4 studies with us shortly after in June.

From going back to school after more than a decade in another industry, to studying during lockdowns, to now continuing her studies at level 5, Acacia has quite the inspiring story to tell. We caught up with her recently to chat about her time at ITC, goals and hopes for the future, and advice for anyone thinking of studying at ITC. (more…)

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ITC continues to support and stay in touch with graduates

Posted on 23/03/2021 by

Graduation marks the end of a student’s studies with us, but it’s definitely not the end of the relationship, as we continue to support our graduates for many years to come.

One of the many things that makes ITC stand out from other colleges and universities is our level of involvement with our students and graduates.

We don’t just wave them goodbye as they graduate and never see them again – instead, we stay in touch, offering support and any assistance they need in the industry.

Recently, our wonderful Employment Consultants Sarndra and Nicky, and Short Course Tutors Daniel and Sarah have been reaching out to each class of graduates. Here’s how it’s been going!

Checking in with graduates

Even though New Zealand has done remarkably well compared with many places, we know that it has still been a tough year for everyone. That’s why we decided to reach out and check in with our graduates.

Class by class, Sarndra, Nicky, Daniel, and Sarah have been reaching out to see how they have been doing, and see what they’re up to in their careers now. We’ve also been making sure they know they have options for further study with us if they’d like to take this time to upskill, and as always, we’ve been supporting them with career advice and helping to connect them to job opportunities whenever possible.

Every single graduate has been happy to hear from us, and we’ve loved hearing back from each of them. We’re so happy to hear that they appreciate us reaching out, and that has helped them to feel a little more supported in their careers.

How it’s been going

We’ve been hearing a lot of fantastic feedback from our efforts so far. Here are just a few examples from Employment Consultants Nicky and Sarndra.

“I spoke to one of our lovely level 4 students last week who was very excited to share their new job success with me, and she let me know that the CV and interview tips helped her with the job process. Although she is in a non-tourism job at the moment, she absolutely loves it and has said that a lot of what she learnt on her level 3 and 4 course is extremely useful and that she is super happy that she studied at ITC.” – Sarndra

“I’ve had two really good chats with Quentina, who would love you to help her with her CV, and Shannice who I’ve finally convinced to complete Diploma.” – Sarah

“The uncertainty around at the moment in Auckland with the lockdowns is a little unsettling so our students really appreciate hearing a friendly voice with some suggestions and help around the next phase. It’s nice to know they haven’t walked out of our doors and been forgotten or left to their own devices, so many are a bit lost at the moment.” – Nicky

“One student thought her dream of going overseas to work was dashed but I put her in touch with the lovely team at International Working Holidays, and although she may not end up by going away, she now knows that she can actually travel still as there are places that are relatively safe and are looking for students still.” – Sarndra

“Many of our Botany students were just trying to make it through their course towards the end of last year so were not thinking about what would happen next, so to get a call and talk through some ideas has been a relief and they have all been grateful to receive a call.” – Nicky

“Many students were still in their part time jobs they were in already, as they just needed to chill over summer with what they already knew and felt comfortable with, but they have been inspired now to start looking at other options, and again, grateful for the support.” – Sarndra

“We had one student who never thought to contact us as she had relocated to Wellington and didn’t realise we could still help her outside of Auckland, and was so grateful that we called her to see how she was. She is considering a move back and we are working together to find a great position for her.” – Nicky

Nicky, Sarndra, Daniel, and Sarah have really enjoyed reconnecting with graduates and offering their support, and are continuing to reach out to graduates all over the country for a friendly chat and advice as needed.

If you’d like to learn more about studying with ITC and kick starting a career in travel, tourism, and aviation, get in touch to chat with our team and find out what we can offer you.

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Soft skills: What are they and why do you need them?

Posted on 18/03/2021 by

Soft skills are all about how you interact with other people, so you’ll need them no matter which career you choose.

Whether you’re looking to get into a career in travel, tourism, and aviation, or whether you’re seeking work in marketing, teaching, business, or practically anything else, you’ll hear about soft skills – and you’ll need them.

Here’s a little more about what soft skills are, why you need them, and how you’ll learn all about them at ITC. (more…)

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ITC’s new quick and easy online enrolment process

Posted on 18/02/2021 by

Enrolling at ITC has just got even easier.

The ITC enrolment process has always been easy, but it has just got even easier.

We know that finding the time and getting around to making that call to enrol isn’t as easy or convenient as it could be, which is why we have just made it even easier. (more…)

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The school year has begun – but are you in the right place?

Posted on 11/02/2021 by

Does your classroom look like this? If school isn’t the right place for you this year, ITC could be!

High schools throughout New Zealand are well underway with the new school year. It’s an exciting time as countless students begin their final year or two of secondary education and start thinking about the future.

However, there are almost certainly students out there who can’t help but feel like they’re just not in the right place. Whether they’ve never taken to the school system or simply have no interest in the subjects, it can be an awful and uncomfortable feeling of wasting time in one place when you could be somewhere else.

Sound familiar? (more…)

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What will you say when future employers ask what you did in 2021?

Posted on 09/02/2021 by

Future employers will surely ask how you spent 2021. Do you know how you will answer?

It’s one of the most common questions in any interview, and you can almost guarantee that you’ll be asked it.

It’s the question that will always come up when there are gaps in your CV. Be it the time between high school and your first job, or even in between jobs. Employers will always want to know how you spent your time – and what that says about you.

In 2021, with so many people feeling unsure of what to do next, there might be quite a few gaps in resumes in the works. So how will you answer the question? (more…)

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Find out if tourism and ITC is right for you with a FREE two-hour workshop

Posted on 04/02/2021 by

Come along to a free ITC workshop to see if tourism, travel and aviation training is right for you.

Have you considered signing up with ITC but just aren’t quite sure? Want to know more about our exciting industry? Would you prefer to do a trial run before making the commitment?

We have good news for you!

Our Whangarei, Auckland City, and South Auckland (Botany) campuses are all offering free two-hour workshops this month, so you can come along and ‘try before you buy’. (more…)

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Still deciding where to enrol in 2021? Ask your provider these questions!

Posted on 14/01/2021 by

Does your provider offer industry famils? Here are all the questions you should ask your potential college!

It’s that exciting time of year when school leavers are considering their next steps. And as fun as it can be to imagine the exciting possibilities each option brings, it can also be challenging to know which step to take.

Only you can know the answer to that, but we can suggest some questions for you to ask your potential education providers. These can help to give you information that may guide you when it’s time to make a decision about where to enrol.

So here are 9 questions to ask the providers you’re considering, and the answers you’ll get from ITC!  (more…)

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