STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES


SUCCESS STORIES - JAPAN

Name: Asana

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Hainan Airways

Asana Nishida is from Japan, and joined New Zealand School of Tourism in January 2017. She successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending, in June 2017.

She chose New Zealand as it’s so safe and clean, and because New Zealand is considered a leader in Flight Attendant training in Australasia.

As NZST have excellent industry connections, Asana was very excited when she was offered employment with Hainan Airways, and she has just started her journey with them.

During her programme with NZST, she worked hard on her English skills, and as it improved, she gained more confidence. Making friends in class, mock interviews and determination all combined to give Asana the skills Hainan Airways were looking for.

NZST are thrilled for Asana, and we wish her all the very best in her new and exciting career with Hainan Airways!

Name: Takaya Nagatomo

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Qatar Airways

Takaya Nagatomo successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending at New Zealand School of Tourism.

Takaya’s dream was to become a flight attendant, so that his father no longer needed to work and the whole family could travel together around the world.

He built lasting friendships with his classmates and would always put a lot of effort into his exams, role-plays, presentations and participated well in class.

His confidence throughout the course grew and he enjoyed a lot of humour with his peers.

His written and oral English improved each day and he wasn’t afraid to read in front of his class. After he completed his studies he was fortunate enough to gain employment with Hong Kong Express Airways and now is an International Flight Attendant for Qatar Airways.

We are very proud of Takaya!

Name: Kana Mori

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Emirates

Kana successfully completed a Certificate in Airline Travel & Tourism Level 3, a Certificate in Tourism Airline & Hotel Operations Level 4 plus a Certificate in International Flight Attending.

She was a well-liked member of her class and the entire campus, known for being friendly and extremely thoughtful. Her positive attitude and constant smile, inspired and motivated those around her and during her time she blossomed into a very confident person and enjoyed participating in campus events and activities.

Kana was always impeccably groomed, she had an excellent attendance record and conducted herself with the highest respect for those around her.

Whilst studying full time she was also extremely proactive in gaining employment and she secured part time work in a food & beverage role at the 5 Star Stamford Plaza Hotel in Auckland City.

Kana said her role as a Flight Attendant will be made easier by the skills she acquired at New Zealand School of Tourism.

We wish Kana all the best for her new and exciting career as a Flight Attendant and very much looking forward to seeing her in her uniform!

Name: Miwa Tanaka

Position: Travel Agent Group Counter

Employer: Nagoya Airport

Miwa completed level 3 & 4 in travel and tourism at our Auckland Airport Campus. After graduating from the course and returning to Japan Miwa was lucky enough to gain employment at one of the largest airports in Japan working as a Travel Agent.

She really enjoyed her course and was very keen to work in the industry and use everything she has learned while at course.

Miwa was dedicated to following her  ream to work at the airport and her goal came true for her!

Miwa was a pleasure to teach and was very keen to learn, speak and read in English. She was also very enthusiastic in all that she did and had a very positive attitude. Miwa joined in all activities including presentations which she could confidently in English.

We are very proud of Miwa and wish her all the best for her exciting journey ahead!

Name: Rui Osuka

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Emirates

Rui successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending with us.

She is a very well-liked member of the campus, known for being friendly, social with a great sense of humour and a constant smile on her face.

Rui had amazing standards in her grooming she always looked stunning, and was truly dedicated to getting her dream job, when she flew back to Japan during her course for a Flight Attending interview.

She was a pleasure to have on the campus and it’s fantastic she will have a career as a Flight Attendant with Emirates. Rui said her role as a Flight Attendant will be made easier by the skills she acquired at the New Zealand School of Tourism.

We wish Rui all the best for her new and exciting career as a Flight Attendant and very much looking forward to seeing her in her uniform!

Name: Moe Oyabu

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Scoot Airlines Singapore

Moe joined the New Zealand School of Tourism and successfully completing a Certificate in International Flight Attending and a Certificate in Level 3 and 4 of Travel and Tourism.

Moe was an outgoing and determined individual who was willing to give everything a go. She came alive whenever we had activities and we found her to be a vibrant person.

She was a very well-liked member of the campus. She was really shy in the beginning but started coming out of her shell during the course of her study with us.

Her long term goal is to fly for Finland Air because she is fascinated with the culture and language but she is so thankful that she has secured a role as a Flight Attendant for Scoot Airlines (A low cost, long haul airline based in Singapore) because it’s so close to home and its bringing all her dreams to reality.

Name: Himeka Yoshino

Position: Food and Beverage Attendant

Employer: Hobbiton Movie set

Himeka left Japan in 2016, leaving her close knit family to embark on her very own journey here in New Zealand where she started with us at NZST Hamilton in March. She confidently completed the level 3 qualification moving straight onto Level 4, Tourism, Hotels and Airline Operations, successfully Graduating in December the same year.

Himeka made friends easily, her vibrant personality left a great  mpression not only with her classmates but trainers alike. We all loved Hiemka’s infectious laugh, her positive attitude and ability to get along with every person she came in contact with. Never turning down an opportunity to participate and soak up our New Zealand ways in every way possible.

Himeka grew throughout her studies, from a shy person who didn’t like to say no, into a confident, bubbly dedicated student who is extremely well respected. Regular contact with family back home helped her settle into life here in New Zealand and enabled her to build on the opportunities that arose.

Hobbiton saw what we saw in  imeka and offered her a role within the company as a Food and Beverage Attendant. The added bonus for Hobbiton is that Himeka will be able to assist with their Japanese speaking tourists. Hobbiton will give Himeka the opportunity to further develop her skills, growing her confidence and expanding her experience here in New Zealand. It was a privilege to have Himkea on our Hamilton Campus and we can’t wait to see what Himeka’s future has installed for her.

Name: Maho Fujiwara

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: Thai Airways

Maho Fujiwara successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending at New Zealand School of Tourism.

Maho’s dream was to become a flight attendant and her goal was to fly for an international airline back in Japan. She died hard to be more confident in English by engaging in a lot more practise conversations.

Maho wanted to improve her confidence levels and become more at ease with public speaking as she knew one day she would have to make announcements in front of an aircraft full of passengers.

Maho was always very studious and studied at her homestay every night to ensure she could put the maximum effort into her assessments and role-plays. She worked part-time in a customer service environment alongside her studies which enabled her to improve her confidence and customer  service.

During her studies she built long lasting friendships. Maho became more confident with her presentations and thoroughly enjoyed the practical subjects, especially learning about what it would be like to become a flight attendant. Maho successfully completed her course and also passed her flight attendant “wings” exam.

We are very proud of Maho.

Maho Fujiwara successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending at New Zealand School of Tourism.

Maho’s dream was to become a flight attendant and her goal was to fly for an international airline back in Japan. She died hard to be more confident in English by engaging in a lot more practise conversations.

Maho wanted to improve her confidence levels and become more at ease with public speaking as she knew one day she would have to make announcements in front of an aircraft full of passengers.

Maho was always very studious and studied at her homestay every night to ensure she could put the maximum effort into her assessments and role-plays. She worked part-time in a customer service environment alongside her studies which enabled her to improve her confidence and customer  service.

During her studies she built long lasting friendships. Maho became more confident with her presentations and thoroughly enjoyed the practical subjects, especially learning about what it would be like to become a flight attendant. Maho successfully completed her course and also passed her flight attendant “wings” exam.

We are very proud of Maho.

Name: Shion Kiyotake

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: All Nippon Airways

Shion Kiyotake successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending

Shion was quite shy in the beginning but started forming some good relationships in class that helped build her confidence and create lifelong friends. She was determined, passionate and really motivated.

Shion was very well-liked in class and was very kind and caring to the other Japanese Students. Shion helped them in their role plays, assessments or any with other problems that they were facing.

Shion was a member of our cultural group which showed her interest in other cultures. She excelled not only in academics but was always well groomed, had a great attitude towards life and was always so positive.

Shion was a pleasure to have on the campus and it’s excellent to see that she has gained employment with one of the Airlines that she has always dreamed of working for.

We wish Shion all the best for her new and exciting career with All Nippon Airways and we are looking forward to seeing her in her uniform!

Name: Yui Ueoka

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: ANA Airways

Rui successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending with us.

She is a very well-liked member of the campus, known for being friendly, social with a great sense of humour and a constant smile on her face.

Rui had amazing standards in her grooming she always looked stunning, and was truly dedicated to getting her dream job, when she flew back to Japan during her course for a Flight Attending interview.

She was a pleasure to have on the campus and it’s fantastic she will have a career as a Flight Attendant with Emirates. Rui said her role as a Flight Attendant will be made easier by the skills she acquired at the New Zealand School of Tourism.

We wish Rui all the best for her new and exciting career as a Flight Attendant and very much looking forward to seeing her in her uniform!


SUCCESS STORIES - CHINA

Name: Xiang Li-Lisa

Position: Flight Attendant

Employer: China South Airlines

Xiang Li - Lisa joined New Zealand School of Tourism in March 2016 and successfully completed a Certificate in International Flight Attending, finishing in August 2016.
Lisa was a stand out from the moment she started. She was determined, passionate and really motivated. She was a bit shy in the beginning of her course due to her confidence in speaking in English.

Lisa was very well-liked in class and was very social and vocal when she started getting to know her classmates well. She not only excelled in her written assessments but was also very good in roleplays considering English was her second language.

Lisa was a determined individual and would put 110% into everything she did. She wasn’t a confident swimmer when we did our Water Survival Practicals but she hired an instructor to teach her the skills until she reached a higher level. She did this because she didn’t want to go back to China without gaining her certificates.

She was a pleasure to have on the campus and it’s fantastic she was able to gain employment with China Southern Airlines as a Flight Attendant.

We wish Lisa all the best for her new and exciting career in Dailin China and we are looking forward to seeing her in her uniform!

Name: Li Dongbao

Position: Flight Attendant/On-board Security

Employer: China Southern Airlines

Li Dongbao studied at the New Zealand School of Tourism in Auckland. He successfully completed a Diploma in Tourism and Aviation (including International Flight Attending) and a Diploma in Tourism Management.

Dongbao was a very hard working student who put in a lot of effort to complete his course work to a very high standard. He was always prepared to assist others in his class with their course work.

A real people person, Dongbao was a very popular member of his class and also took the opportunity to get to know students from other classes and cultures around the campus. He was always keen to participate in campus events and showed great leadership when working with others.

We are delighted that Dongbao has been successful at gaining employment as Flight Attendant for China Southern Airlines in Beijing.

Name: Meige Wu

Position: Food and Beverage Attendant

Meige (Meg) had come from China as a qualified Music Teacher, he had fallen in love with New Zealand and wanted  to start his NZST journey with the Hamilton Campus in February 2016. Right from the start he was a standout student which continued right throughout his Level 3,4 & 5 qualifications. Meige’s work was always of a high standard, he never missed a deadline and did this as well as maintaining a 100% attendance record throughout his time studying! With Meige’s unwavering desire to learn more it wasn’t unusual for him to come to class on a Monday with a story about the new place that he had discovered during the weekend.

His hard work & determination saw him being recognised for his efforts with a High Flyer nomination in both 2016 & 2017 as well as receiving the Top Tourism Student award in 2016. Not only did he succeed academically, Meige contributed to the culture of the campus by giving absolutely anything and everything a go that was thrown his way. Meige was one of the busiest students on
Graduation night as he performed in the winning Lip Sync performance, he was a part of the Culture Group AND he performed in the foyer as all of the guests arrived for the ceremony. As part of the Job Fair in Rotorua Meige was offered a role at Skyline as a Food & Beverage attendant, who, within 48hours of receiving the job offer had packed his house in Hamilton and had moved to Rotorua. Talk about determination!

With the ultimate dream of working in adventure tourism there is no doubt he will succeed with whatever he puts his mind to and we cannot wait to see where his adventure takes him.

Name: Sherwin Li

Position: Tour Guide

Sherwin successfully completed the Certificate in Airline, Travel & Tourism Level 3 and 4.

Sherwin was an outgoing and determined individual, willing to give everything a go. His fun personality shone whenever we had activities.  He was a very well respected student on campus.

His drive meant her had big dreams and aspirations. He was a very confident and reliable gentleman with a positive friendly demeanour and fit into a team environment with ease.  No matter what Sherwin puts his mind to he will achieve his goal with pride.

He came from an Accounting background and is fluent in four languages which included a good understanding of English before starting with us.

Sherwin believes that his training at New Zealand School of Tourism in Rotorua has empowered him with the knowledge and skills to achieve his goal of becoming an exceptional tour guide.

Since gaining his qualification he has been enjoying his new life guiding tour groups around New Zealand and China.

We wish Sherwin all the best for his new and exciting career as a Tour Guide and look forward to seeing him excel in the near future.

Name: Xiuzhen (Gemma) Huang

Position: Corporate Travel Consultant

Gemma successfully completed a two year Diploma in Tourism Management with us,

Gemma is remembered on campus for her positive attitude, ability to make friends easily, her passion for New Zealand and her focus and drive to find a role in the tourism industry in New Zealand.  Gemma was always eager to share her culture with her fellow students and her trainers.

At the Queenstown job fair Gemma secured a position at Orbit Corporate Travel in Dunedin. She was actually offered 3 roles at the job fair and chose the corporate consultant role based in Dunedin.  By securing this role she began first as an intern and was also able to complete her Diploma, and is now already on her open work visa!

She was a pleasure to have on the campus and it is fantastic that she will have a career in the travel industry. Gemma said that she is so grateful for all the help and guidance she received from the New Zealand School of Tourism Hamilton Campus.

We wish Gemma all the best for her new and exciting career as a corporate travel consultant.


MORE SUCCESS
STORIES

Name: Soyeon (Amy) Kim (South Korea)

Position: Aelia Duty Free Shop – Sales Assistant

What brought you to study at NZST?

I was studying at Lynfield College to improve my English. I always liked studying English, and I also love to travel. When I was travelling overseas, I often thought the flight attendant English was not strong, so I would talk to them and try and help.  Soon after, I realised I was interested in becoming a flight attendant. Flight attendants look good – they have nice uniforms and fly to many countries! So at age 16 years old I decided I wanted to become a flight attendant who could speak good English.

How was New Zealand when you first arrived?

I really liked the environment, and it is a safe country. I particularly like the education system here in New Zealand. It is completely different from what I had experienced in Korea. The difference to me is that the New Zealand education approach is focused more on teaching students how to find answers, work more effectively, and then apply in real life.  Completely different to memorizing things and being tested, and then forgetting all this information after exams!

Why did you choose NZST?

I studied Tourism as part of my programme at Lynfield College. When I had to choose which school to study tourism and travel there were several options.   One of my teacher recommended NZST and when I visited the school, I liked it. The most important thing that I liked about NZST was that the curriculum included mostly practical work and hands-on learning, which I strongly believed is very important to have as you prepare for work.  The others schools to me were more textbook focused learning.

Furthermore, the programme also included a flight attending course in the diploma - which was very appealing, and meant NZST was the only school that I could study tourism and flight attending together. Also, all the teachers at NZST were directly from relevant industries including flight attending teachers. As I wanted to have a job in New Zealand, as well as a chance to work for international airlines such as Emirates, NZST won over the other schools!

How is NZST?

It was great – there is lots of practical study, skills-based studying as well as hands-on. As the tutors are from the tourism industry, there is current knowledge, which makes me feel like I am preparing myself well for a job in this industry.

How did you find a job at Aelia duty free shop at the airport?

I always wanted to work at the airport - it was my dream. So I applied for many roles at the airport especially the duty free shops. But as I was doing that myself, it was not so easy. I discussed it with the NZST campus manager, and she gave me a very good reference and contacted Aelia to help me find the right job. The person who interviewed me for the position at Aelia recognised me as a NZST student and because of that, I was put on the shortlist and landed the job.

How is the work at Aelia?

I started as a beginner there, and I had to learn about lots of different products.   Usually it takes new people several months to understand everything and also manage customers, but because I was so motivated it took me only about 2 weeks! I still have a lot to learn, and NZST’s practical focused teaching style helped me a lot. If I had learnt things from textbooks only, I would be still struggling, but all the things that I leant from NZST in a hands-on way were absorbed by my brain which I can instantly apply in my job and solve problems and get my job done.

Are you the only one international students working there?

There are a lot of NZST students working at the airport. More than half of the staff working with me are from NZST. I am very proud to be there. As we are from the same school, we can also help each other.

What you would like to do in the future?

I am planning to apply for a permanent residence visa and continue working in the tourism industry.  It is really big here, and I have good skills that I can use.  Once I complete my qualifications and work experience I’ll be on my way!

Name: Wendy Shih (Taiwan)

Programme: Diploma in Tourism and Travel Level 5 (2 years)

Wendy Shih first came to New Zealand as a university exchange student, and enjoyed it so much she came again on a working holiday visa.

Wendy studied English while living with a homestay family in Hamilton.  On her working holiday visa, Wendy also worked in many restaurants and cafes, but was really keen to study tourism.  Especially in a country where tourism is the number one destination of over 4 million travellers.

Soon after, Wendy moved to Auckland and started studying at the New Zealand School of Tourism’s Auckland city campus. During her time with us Wendy attended one of our Job Fairs, where students meet employers to discuss roles. She was offered four jobs from car rental companies and travel agencies.  After a study tour trip to Queenstown as part of her qualification, Wendy was offered more job opportunities.  But by this time she had decided she would work with Go Rentals, as it is a big New Zealand company with six branches nationwide.

Wendy’s understanding of different cultures and being multi-lingual played a big role in her getting her job with Go Rentals.  She also has an appreciation for New Zealand culture, and with her study of English, especially being surrounded by English speakers, her English improved a lot. Wendy confesses she is a shy person, but with plenty of practical classes and role playing during her course, she was confident in her job choice, and is now really enjoying her role.

Name: Tajinder Singh (India)

Position: Global Tourism Photographer

Tajinder Singh successfully completed a Diploma in Tourism and International Flight Attending at New Zealand School of Tourism.

Tajinder came from a traditional Indian schooling system and was very formal at first but he quickly adapted to the NZ style of learning and integrated extremely well into a multi-cultural class, becoming very popular with his peers.

He was very focussed on his learning and put a lot of effort into assessment tasks producing a high quality of work. Enthusiastically he participated in campus activities as he enjoyed having fun and displaying a great sense of humour Tajinder gained part-time work whilst studying and was able to balance his work and study commitments extremely well. After he completed his studies he was able to convert his part time job into a full time employment opportunity with Magic Memories, based at Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Centre, Auckland.

We are extremely fortunate that Tajinder has maintained contact with the campus as from his own success he now actively looks to recruit our students for part-time roles, as he knows how valuable it is putting qualifications into practice.

Name: Malithi Arachchige (Sri Lanka)

Position: Room Attendant

Malithi Arachchige arrived in New Zealand from Sri Lanka in February 2015 and joined the New Zealand School of Tourism. Malithi completed a Certificate in Travel and Tourism Level 3 and Level 4 in 2015, and joined the Diploma class in 2016. Malithi is very goal oriented and determined to do well right from the start. She enjoyed the step up to Diploma and the more challenging work required.

Malithi’s work was always handed in on time, very thorough and of very high standard, despite the fact that English is her second language. She was always willing to contribute to class discussions and to offer her opinion or experience.

Malithi was determined to gain an Internship at the Queenstown Job Fair She arrived well prepared and interviewed so well that she was offered two positions on the day. She completed her Diploma while working as an intern at the Millennium Copthorne, and later moved to the Hilton Queenstown.

Malithi, often spoke of her desire to progress in her employment to a supervisory role, and we are sure her determination will see her succeed in making her dreams come true!

Name: Stephanie Lindgren (South Africa)

Position: Food and Beverage

Having left her beloved home land of South Africa Stephanie began her new journey with NZST in February 2016 where she successfully completed her Level 4 qualification. With her hard work, focus and commitment, Stephanie was awarded her Level 5 Diploma in Travel and Tourism by September 2017. Stephanie’s professional and personal growth has truly flourished since being part of our Hamilton campus. We have witnessed Stephanie coming out of her shell and fulfilling her true potential in the Travel and Tourism industry.

Whilst fully focused on her studies, Stephanie also worked part time for Distinction Hotel Hamilton, initially in the Food and Beverage sector prior to moving on to Housekeeping. In addition to this, Stephanie’s eagerness to gain experience also included a number of commendable volunteering roles in Hamilton. From Customer Liaisons Officer at the Hot Air Balloon Nightglow to executive silver service at the Hamilton Museum, Stephanie also made time to volunteer at SkyCity for gala events.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience behind her, Stephanie was swiftly offered an Internship with Chateau Tongariro Hotel (Food and Beverage department) when she attended the Rotorua Job Fair. With this role starting mid September 2017, Stephanie is really looking forward to being part of the team at this exclusive hotel and exploring all the opportunities that may arise from such an experience. Stephanie is looking forward to meeting new people and getting her name out there in the Travel and Tourism Industry. She will also have the thrill of fulfilling her dream of learning how to ski!

Eager to embark on her new adventure, Stephanie has also vowed to keep in touch with her family here in NZST and has expressed her gratitude to those tutors who have assisted her in gaining success. Although we will miss Stephanie’s positivity, eagerness and drive, we wish her well and have no doubt that she will excel within in her chosen field.

Name: Alejandra Legarreta Medina (Mexico)

Position: Flight Attendant at Aeromexico Connect

What attracted you to NZST for your course?

The value for me was this school had the highest educational level, and also the opportunity to study with people from different nationalities.

What course did you complete?

International Flight Attendant programme 

How has your course at NZST helped you?

This course gave me the opportunity to learn about effective teamwork, communication, situational awareness and decision making in emergency situations on board an aircraft. And also how to give the passenger the best customer service experience to make them feel comfortable during a flight. 

Where are you working now?  And what is your role?

I’m working for Aeromexico Connect as a flight attendant, and my role is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers during a flight.

What does your work involve?

Ensure the safety of the passengers on a daily routine.

What is the most exciting aspect of your job? 

That I get to know people from different cultures and nationalities, and that I have the chance to travel all around the world.

Did your course at NZST live up to your expectations? 

Yes it did.  After completing this course, I had a better idea of what it is like to work as a flight attendant - what it really involve.  Now I’m working for an airline I can see all the skills that I acquired at the NZST and I have the chance to put them into practice in my daily work which has been helping me a lot.

How did you feel when you were coming to NZST?

Mostly excited and a little bit nervous because I knew it was going to tough because of my mother language.  But I also knew that it was going to be such an amazing experience especially because I had the opportunity to get involved with people from different cultures and I would have the opportunity to study with them .

What were the highlights of your course?

Interaction with people from different nationalities than me.  It is the perfect place to gain some confidence and make new friends.  The campus is amazing - they have everything you need to get such a good and complete educational experience, like a boeing 737 aircraft cabin trainer, air evacuation slides, a life raft and more.

What is your career goal?

Being an Emirates Flight Attendant

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

When you do something that you love, the determination and dedication that you put into this will lead you to success!

Name: Taniya Taniya (India)

Position: Hotel Food and Beverage Attendant

In February 2017 Taniya successfully completed the 2 Year Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management. Taniya was a stand out student who wanted to learn as much as she could about New Zealand and our culture as well as sharing as much as she could of her own Indian culture.

Taniya was very well-liked in class and was very social and vocal once she started getting to know her classmates well. She not only excelled in her written assessments but also in roleplays and presentations considering English was her second language. While studying in Rototrua on her course she was able to work part time at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

Taniya was a pleasure to have on the campus and it’s fantastic she was able to finish her Diploma by completing her internship at Skyline Skyrides in Rotorua. We are very proud of her and love hearing her stories when she comes to visit the campus.

Name: Jong (Malaysia) 

Position: Tour Guide & Translator

Jong arrived from Malaysia on 12 July 2015. The next day he began his Certificate in Airline, Travel & Tourism Level 3 which he finished in December 2015. He will begin his Tourism, Hotel & Airline Operations Level 4 Certificate in January 2016 and then is aiming to proceed to Diploma in May.

Jong is a very motivated and dedicated student and has shown so much potential, not only with his course but also within the tourism industry. He has shown himself to be a very focussed and diligent individual who has always produced a high calibre of work. He is enthusiastic with a can do attitude. Jong has always showed true leadership and support to all his peers and fits in well on campus. The one thing that is a stand out for me is Jong’s ambitions and how he goes about achieving them. His values and morals and outlook on life is of a positive nature.

He has been working part time at Orbit Restaurant, Skycity throughout his course, and due to his ability to be able to speak both Mandarin and Cantonese he obtained a second job at AJ Hackett – Skycity as a tour guide and translator.

Jong’s drive is evident in class, he has a great work ethic and is always willing to give anyone a helping hand. He is respected amongst his peers and in class and has often referred to his class mates as his family. He has an active social life, works two jobs and still remained at 100% attendance throughout his entire course.

Jong believes that his training at New Zealand School of Tourism (Britomart) has empowered him with the knowledge and skills to achieve not only his qualification, improvement in both his written and spoken English but also a strong industry career path too.

Name: Eva Bissielo (Congo)

Position: On-board Cabin Attendant

Eva started studying with us with a Travel Level 4 qualification and successfully completed the 2 year Diploma in Tourism Management Level 5.

From the moment Eva arrived on campus her beaming smile lit up the room, her positive nature arrived with her every day, allowing her to throw herself into campus life. Dress up days on campus were a favourite time for Eva, she always made extra efforts to source a suitable outfit and join in the festivities with gusto.

Eva's home country of Congo was often discussed as she shared stories of her home with her classmates and the staff. Her family remained behind in Congo and this drove Eva to grasp all opportunities for knowledge and success. She truly understood the importance of her studies and what that would mean for her family and herself.

Part time work provided Eva experience in the industry, where she worked in a local restaurant and then progressed to working at JR Duty Free at Wellington Airport while studying. Eva loved her Airport role and the interactions that allowed with international visitors to New Zealand.

Eva is now employed full time as a cabin attendant with the Interislander Ferry between Wellington and Picton. She is able to interact with people on their travels around New Zealand and use all her knowledge gained to make it a memorable experience. The scenery and sailing experience are very special to Eva and she said that the landscape as you sail by never fails to impress her. Her office has the best views in New Zealand.

Name: Sehwan Kang (South Korea)

Position: Customer Service

Sehwan has always loved to travel, since his first trip to Laos a few years ago, and prior on Christian missions when he helped build churches and support people in poor countries.  After working in an English Institute, in Mokpo, South Korea, as a teacher, Sehwan knew he loved helping people and learning about new cultures. His dream now was to go overseas and study, following his passion of travelling.

Having completed university in South Korea, Sehwan had heard from friends what a beautiful country New Zealand was – with clean blue skies and rolling green fields, even in the city! He decided he wanted to learn about tourism in a fabulous country, where tourism was the biggest industry. His father also encouraged him, so he researched schools and found NZST. Sehwan liked the idea of studying for two years, the hands-on practical studies and assignments.  He started at NZST in March 2018 and is really enjoying the programme.

Sehwan is also working for a travel company since mid-April, and the owner is also a graduate from NZST.  Studying and working is great, as he can immediately apply his learnings to his work.

With New Zealand’s high level of tourists, there are many opportunities for graduates from NZST.  And Sehwan sees first hand international visitors coming to New Zealand and needing help with English.  New Zealand has a population of 5 million people, and the same come each year as tourists.  So speaking foreign languages is a huge advantage.

Sehwan is hoping to gain a residency visa, and feels positive he is contributing to the tourism industry. He can’t believe he’s living his dream of being in a beautiful overseas country with a lot of friendly good people.  He has found it very easy to settle in, and NZST has warmly welcomed him to the campus.   The campus manager always checks in to make sure everything is OK and helps with any questions he may have.

Finally, Sehwan is very excited to hear about the opportunity to now go to Broadmoor, a luxurious hotel in Colorado, United States for work experience.  He says, “It’s awesome – you see my decision to come to NZST was just right!”.

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