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.
“The tutors here are focused on us really understanding what we’re learning, and then applying it to life and work, not just for the final exam, which is fantastic.”
Anthony has already secured a position as a travel consultant and product development specialist at Pan Pacific Travel in central Auckland. His primary responsibility is to create customised travel itineraries according to customer requests. Recently, Anthony collaborated with China HH Travel to create a 55-day world tour priced at NZD$200,000 per person.
“Studying in New Zealand has become a milestone in my life,” he says.
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”.