Graduate Profile

Rachel Tribble - Hospitality

Rachel Tribble - Hospitality

Front of House

“I want my hospitality skills to be universal so that I can adapt to kitchen or front of house, and here at Distinction Hotel I’m getting that experience because I work in reception, the restaurant and the bar.”

Rachel chose a career in hospitality because she is one of 11 children so was used to preparing big meals. “I did some STAR courses at school and NorthTec took me on at a young age, so I graduated before my 19th birthday. Now that I’m out working, I realize how much the tutors took me under their wing and lifted me through the study experience. I was home schooled so my life experience was pretty secluded. I had no confidence and I’d hide behind my hair.”

“I’ve gone from being painfully shy to being confident enough to enjoy all aspects of hospitality work. The tutors really model what’s possible and I’ve learned from them how to be adaptable. When I graduated, I got a job for seven months working as a Commis Chef with some front of house at The Settlers then worked in New Plymouth for a while because my grandmother was unwell down there.”

“When I returned to Whangarei I went around town on foot looking for work and in doing that spoke to the Murray, General Manager here. They had someone leaving who was working in both reception and the restaurant so that gave me an opportunity to test the waters by working in different departments.”

“At first, I struggled because reception involves new skills but I’ve now grown in confidence, thanks to everyone here at Distinction. The whole team has been so understanding and supportive as I've been learning and I’ve now found where I’m going in the industry. I’ll see what unfolds from here.”


Employer of Rachel Tribble

Murray Cook - General Manager, Distinction Hotel

“We were looking for someone for our food and beverage department and reception when Rachel literally walked in the door with her CV looking for work. We checked her references, liked how she presented, so started her working as a waitress as well as in reception and in the kitchen.”

“Most of our training here is one-on-one and everyone is different but Rachel is already proving to be a good all-rounder. She has a broad range of skills and is becoming our go-to person.”

Murray moved to Whangarei a couple of years ago from Hamilton and has no direct previous experience with NorthTec prior to employing Rachel. “I’m aware of NorthTec’s broad coverage of industry training and realise the emphasis on applied experiential learning as well as education. We’ve had other employees from within industry training bodies here for internships and work experience and realise Rachel’s Diploma training is at a deeper and more comprehensive level. We look forward to seeing where her expanding skill set best fits here as opportunities present.”


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