Joanna Blair loves the idea of showing our beautiful country to visitors – and since completing her qualification in Travel and Tourism from Otago Polytechnic, she’s been busy getting experience in this exciting industry.
During her studies, Joanna did a work placement at Mount Cook, where she worked in the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, selling souvenirs and tourist activities to visitors. After that she got a job with Hertz Car Rentals at Dunedin Airport. She also worked for Hertz in Invercargill before studying to get her commercial pilot licence.
“The best job so far was definitely the one at Mount Cook,” she says. “I loved working with people from other countries. I also enjoyed seeing the appreciation of New Zealand’s landscape through their eyes.”
Joanna feels the qualification has helped her gain confidence and made her realise just how much she enjoys tourism and how much she wants to contribute to this industry. She now plans to work as a pilot for scenic tour companies.
“If you’re considering a career in travel and tourism I encourage you to do it,” Joanna says. “There are lots of job opportunities in this industry and you’ll definitely learn skills that will help you – both in your future career and in life.”
Read more about the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Travel and Tourism (Level 5)