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“I studied Tourism at high school, gaining a certificate in Tourism Core Skills and it introduced me to the world of travel. I now want to get into the business side of tourism.”
“I’m starting with business training to get some skills then will go onto the tourism course they have here. I have learned document formats and layouts that I can also apply outside the course in general life, and I’m meeting a whole range of people. Our class mates are all ages and backgrounds and come from a range of countries “.
“Already I am gaining confidence. In our assignments we had to find and interview someone in the business world and I’m learning how to interact with people on the phone professionally. Last semester I did a presentation on a topic of my choice in front of the whole class, which I would usually try to avoid. I surprised myself by doing well.”
“I love what we learnt at NorthTec but also the way we learnt it. We did lots of role plays and demonstrations so we...
The business administration and computing course has proved its worth for Desiree, who since graduation has quickly progressed through to a store manager position with Dick Smith in Takapuna.
“My NorthTec studies have played a huge part towards me getting my foot in the door. The knowledge I gained, as well as the qualification, really helped me move up the management ladder as quickly as I have.”
On finishing the NorthTec course in 2013, Desiree’s dream job was to become CEO of a retail franchise, and it seems she is now well on her way. From NorthTec she went into a part-time sales job with Dick Smith, Waipapa, and began a retail apprenticeship with the company.
“I became a key-holder in the Waipapa store, meaning I could open and close the store alone, and was then promoted to a sales manager. A couple of months later I moved to Auckland, as I was placed into the store manager training programme, and I am now a store manager.”
“I currently run Dick Smith, Takapuna. However this is not the end for me. I plan on taking more and more steps until I have reached the top. The next step I wish to take will be to become a regional manager.”