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Not lost in translation
Coco Sun takes hundreds of enthralled visitors around New Zealand’s historic Larnach Castle & Gardens. Coco Sun can also claim a very interesting history. She was born and raised in China’s north eastern province of Liao Ning. As an adult, she moved to Japan where she graduated with a Master of Business Administration and Marketing from Aichi University in Nagoya (another city famous for a magnificent castle).
For the joy of cooking
When Eliesa Sime was a student at Mt Roskill Grammar in Auckland, his goal was to become a chef. For the last five years, he has been part of the team preparing delicious dishes for travellers at Auckland Airport’s luxury Novotel hotel. In late 2017, he successfully completed ServiceIQ’s premiere Cookery Apprenticeship achieving the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 qualification and was promoted to demi chef.
Climb every mountain
Like many young people attracted to a career in tourism, Shakira Kalksma knew, when she was studying the subject at school, that the exciting industry presented her with the perfect adventure. She just didn’t know where or what kind of role she’d land in the dazzling world spanning everything from outdoor pursuits to retail and hospitality.
Hooked on tourism!
ServiceIQ’s on-job training programmes are a good fit for Renée Bennett-Shields, manager of Nelson Tasman’s thriving i-SITE information office. In summer, she manages up to 13 staff looking after around 1500 visitors a day, plus she’s flat-out leading the marketing, communications and retail side of the non-stop seven-day a week operation.
Flight of imagination
Ever since she was at school, Angelina Singh aspired to work for “New Zealand’s iconic airline”. She didn’t know how it would happen, but all the way through university she held onto the idea and as soon as she graduated, she got onto Air New Zealand’s radar by registering for any jobs coming up. A few months later, her dream came true.
5 Stars at 30
Back when Emma McKinnon was 18, fresh out of school, and in her first job greeting guests at the front desk of Blenheim’s luxury five-star Chateau Marlborough Hotel, all she longed for was “to be in management telling people what to do.”
Bringing the museum to life
Today’s best museums are about putting across educational information in a way that’s entertaining and engaging and makes the most of a visitor’s time. Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of the most outstanding in Australasia. Being one of its Visitor Hosts is among the most important jobs, ensuring millions of visitors enjoy an all-round memorable experience from the moment they arrive.
Learning to lead
Creating the right look for a building often requires blending different colours, tints and textures to get the perfect balance. Charlotte Lee from Queenstown’s Resene ColorShop has taken a similar approach when it comes to creating her career. In five years, she’s gained a mix of skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications that have helped her become one of the famous Kiwi brand’s top managers in the country.
Career lands on top of the world
There was a chance top aircraft engineer Jarrod Wood could have ended up as a car mechanic. After all, he’d always been interested in engines and some of his family were involved in motorsport so it was definitely in the blood.
Chloe’s catering career plus!
Chloe Sowden’s two favorite things in life are food and people. In her career, she has risen quickly from barista, to professional catering cook, to Business Development and Training Co-ordinator at one of New Zealand’s fastest growing food service companies.