Dominic Cranna

19 Mar 2019 | Under Employment Success | Posted by | 0 Comments
Study in Wellington

What programme are you enrolled in?

NZST Certificate in Tourism, Hotel and Airline Operations Level 4

NZST Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management Level 5

What attracted you to study at NZST?

The main thing that enthused me about going into a tourism role was the knowledge of the staff.  When I saw how other students had bonded together as a team it made me feel really comfortable about studying at NZST.

How has your course at NZST helped you?

It has increased my knowledge of New Zealand as a country first and foremost, as well as allowing me to meet heaps of new people. My confidence in front of people has grown and I have learnt to push myself out of my comfort zone and found that it is really rewarding.

What are the highlights of your course?

I really enjoy the interactive teamwork activities as well as the diversity of study we work through.

What do you like about the tutors at NZST?

I like that they have all had experience working in the tourism industry, so they know the ins and outs, and train us in an easy and friendly way.

What has campus life been like?

Definitely a friendly and professional environment to study in and the trainers are really understanding, and can relate to you on a personal level

How did you feel when you were coming to NZST?

I was excited to start, as it was my first entry to tertiary study and an exciting chapter of my life. I met all my classmates briefly at orientation day, and then got to know them even better on the first day.  I was pretty nervous for the first few weeks because classroom and learning environments have always been a little daunting for me. After the first month though, everyone was feeling comfortable including myself, and we were bonding really well.

What is your career goal?

My career goal is to gain a full time position in some form of the tourism industry. I have thought about starting out at Flight Centre, because it is a good stepping stone into other areas of travel companies and I would get a really good understanding of the New Zealand industry as well. It is also a position that I will be able to travel in and gain travel experience.

What is one life lesson you learnt during your study and work?

I have learnt to pay more attention to people, treat everyone the same and bring out their best traits when you work with them.

What’s your favourite thing about Wellington city?

I love how there is so much to do in Wellington even though it’s a small city. There’s a big food and cultural influence here and each section of the CBD has something different to showcase. I especially like the different types of buzz you get at different times of the day. In the day you’ve got shopping, and business vibe, and then as the evening closes in the party people start heading to Courtenay place for drinks and a boogie.

How is it different to your home city?

Compared to my home city, Cape Town, it is definitely a lot smaller. Cape Town CBD is made up largely of hotels, shops and offices much like Wellington. However, there are different areas spread out across a larger area. Cape Town is famously known for its iconic Victoria Wharf and the waterfront. Here you can experience and immerse yourself in the culture, food and the history of Cape Town. Then you have the promenade on the coast which is where the football stadium is and is basically a major sporting and entertainment precinct. You can also see Table Mountain from almost anywhere in Cape Town.

What’s a regular activity you do in Wellington?

I usually hang out with friends, I like Lambton Quay and the Waterfront. I’ll walk that whole section on a nice day! I also go to Courtenay for the cinemas and a good night out.

How would you describe Wellington to prospective students?

I would describe Wellington as a relaxed, people friendly city with something for everyone and easy to make your way around.

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