Employment Success – Dejana Matahau Kiriona

4 Jun 2019 | Under Employment Success | Posted by | 0 Comments

What course did you complete? When? 

  • New Zealand School of Tourism Certificate – Tourism, Travel & Airline Industry Level 3 – 2017
  • New Zealand School of Tourism Certificate – Tourism, Airline and Flight Attending – 2017
  • New Zealand Certificate in Aviation (Flight Attending) Level 4 – 2017
  • New Zealand Diploma in Tourism & Travel Level 5 – 2018
  • New Zealand Diploma in Travel & Tourism Level 6 – Currently doing now 2019.

Campus: NZST Queen St campus

Current student or Graduate? 

Current Student doing Level 6.

Why did you choose a course at NZST? 

I’ve always enjoyed learning about and discovering new places, so from that I would say that tourism was a natural fit.  It was my goal throughout high school when it was Sir George Seymour.

How has your course at NZST helped you in your current role or career?

I’ve just come back from my internship at Disney, so I’m currently waitressing.  But when I interned at Disney it helped a lot when talking and interacting with guests.

How did you end up getting a Disney internship?

I applied for Disney through NZST. The first step was applying for it through the Disney website, then getting an interview slot, being accepted, paying the Disney fee and medical insurance then sorting out the visa and other bits and pieces. After that it was just booking flights and finding out what apartment I would be living in. 

What was your Disney internship experience like?

My Disney experience was amazing. The highlight would definitely be making new friends from all over the world. The role I had was looking after the merchandise at the Main Gift shop – at Epcot called Mousegear. Although I worked late nights, I really enjoyed working with my other team members and interacting with guests.

What did you learn at Disney?

Disney was a great experience, and I was able to apply much of my new knowledge from NZST to the work I was doing in merchandising. Disney taught me amazing customer service when interacting with guests and also how to deal with bad complaints.

Did your course at NZST live up to your expectations?

Yes, it got me ‘Work Ready, World Ready’.

What were the highlights of your course? 

Learning new skills, Meeting new people and job opportunities.

What are your career goals now?

My career goals now are to become an event planner on cruise ships. Disney cruise ships could be an option. My goal is to complete my degree and achieve my dream job. 

What is one of the lessons you’ve learnt through your experience to date?

How to dress professionally.

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