Study Related Questions
What did you study?
National Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5 at NZMA.
Why did you choose this course?
My father had his own bars and I used to work in them. I’ve always enjoyed hospitality. My sister had studied at NZMA and really enjoyed it so I decided to enrol.
What did you enjoy about your course?
The product knowledge I gained at NZMA was really useful. Although I’d previously worked in the hospitality industry, there were areas I didn’t know much about, such as wine. NZMA helped me with that. As well as gaining my diploma qualification, I made a lot of close friendships with other students and my tutors. That was a real highlight for me. I really enjoyed the two years I spent studying at NZMA. Gaining my diploma was definitely worth it.
What helped you to successfully complete your course?
Working while I studied was really helpful. NZMA Careers signed me up for part-time work at Eden Park while I was studying. I started as a casual barman on game days and then started working functions as well. A couple of months later I was asked to join the Beverage Team and then my boss told me she wanted me to lead the team! Now that I have graduated from NZMA I am a full-time Corporate Beverage Supervisor at Eden Park. I really enjoy my job. I am a people’s person so I love the interaction with my customers and my colleagues.
What advice do you have for future students?
For students who want a career in hospitality, make sure you follow your dreams and finish your course. It might feel like it is taking a long time and the work is hard – but stick to it because it is all worth it in the end. I’m so glad I finished all my levels, because without those qualifications, I wouldn’t have the job I’ve got right now.