31 October 2019

Dreaming of a career in tourism?

Annabella Gamboni
Communications Advisor

Meet three students who came to New Zealand to prepare themselves for careers in the exciting travel and tourism industry – and beyond.

Madeline Janzen

Originally hailing from Canada, Madeline Janzen is currently working towards her Diploma in Commercial Skydiving at the New Zealand Skydiving School in Auckland.

At the end of her one-year course, Madeline will be the proud holder of a Skydiving C Licence. This means she will be fully qualified to work at a skydiving ‘dropzone’ – the name given to a recreational skydiving base.

However, Madeline actually sought after this particular qualification in order to further her military career. She’s currently a infantry rifleman in the Canadian army, with an eye on joining the jump squad.

"I somehow convinced them to let me come over here,” she says. “It carries over really well.”

Madeline says her course was “incredibly unique”, bringing together people of all different backgrounds. The final module of the course was a three-month apprenticeship, which provided experience Madeline found invaluable.

“Compared to study back home, there’s a lot of hands-on experience.

“I can say that New Zealand will have a warm spot in my heart forever.”

International student Anthony Wu sailing in New Zealand

Anthony Wu

Every day on his way to work, Anthony Wu watched “beautiful” advertisements promoting New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Anthony knew he would like it. He didn’t realise, however, quite how much a New Zealand education would change his life.

The former pharmaceutical sales rep decided to make a completely new start, and enrolled at the International Travel College of New Zealand. Anthony graduated earlier this year with a New Zealand Diploma in International Tourism and Travel Management (Level 5) with Distinction.

Studying in New Zealand was very different to his experience studying business in Shanghai.

Indian international student Vedant Sharma on a boat in Fiordland

Vedant Sharma

Vedant Sharma’s new life in rural New Zealand – the South Island’s Fiordland, to be exact –  couldn’t be more different to his childhood in the bustling metropolis of New Delhi.

But the former international student, now a senior nature guide in the Te Anau Caves, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vedant studied at Queenstown Resort College (QRC), graduating with a Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management in 2013.

New Zealand struck Vedant as somewhere that both aligned with his personal values and offered him the career path he wanted.

“I wanted a foreign education,” he says. “I wasn’t really keen on an office job – I wanted to do something outside. New Zealand was so different to what I had experienced in my life.”

He loved QRC for its proximity to Fiordland, and its welcoming, kind tutors and fellow students.

These days, he’s employed to spend almost all of his time in the great outdoors – “walking around the caves, sharing information with visitors and cracking bad jokes”.

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Annabella Gamboni
Communications Advisor

Annabella Gamboni is a member of the communications team at Education New Zealand. At high school, she spent three months in Germany as an exchange student, and later, spent a semester at a UK university.