At the end of last term Teresa Captein visited to give an update on courses at Queenstown Resort College (QRC). Starting ten years ago, it has gone from strength to strength and is a really good option for any student contemplating a career in hospitality management or adventure tourism management. These are both predicted as growth areas and the number of jobs being created over the next decade should motivate students to seriously consider this industry.
Although QRC is a private provider, the costs associated with the 21 month Diploma of Hospitality Management are equitable to those attending university. However, part of the course requires students to complete an industry placement of 1000 hours which are paid, in some cases, at an unbelievable rate. Teresa said one of the students who did their internship at Hayman Island saved $22,000. All placements are organised by QRC and are both national and international, so students can pay off tuition and accommodation fees while still studying.
Completing the diploma enables students to continue with a B.Commerce at Otago University, which takes a further two years.There are also links with the International College of Management in Sydney, the Thompson Rivers University in Canada and Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland.
Career Week is offered in the April, July and October school holidays and is a great opportunity for students to see what the college offers and whether hospitality or adventure tourism management is for them. There are only 20 places for each of the Hospitality and Adventure Tourism career weeks and preference is for Year 13 students.
Find out more at www.queenstownresortcollege.com or contact Teresa on Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
This year I have spent time with every homeroom introducing the career-focused programme Dreamcatcher. This is a ‘one-stop shop’ for students, parents and teachers relating to a wide range of areas.
These include self-awareness interactive tools, building a personal profile based on achievements and experiences the student has had, links to tertiary websites, Occupation Outlook and Careersnz, as well as up-to-date information on careers and jobs of interest.
All this information can be stored for future use and edited as interests change. Access to this will give parents/caregivers some idea of what career planning their daughter has completed on Dreamcatcher and keep lines of communication live between all involved.
It is also important parents are fully informed about up-to-date information of course requirements, closing dates, job prospects and how their daughter is preparing herself for the unpredictable future of what work might look like when she enters the workforce.
I encourage parents and caregivers to get involved and see what information their daughter has documented this year relating to goals, career interest areas and community involvement. It is the latter that proves most important when students are applying for hostels, courses and part or full-time work.
Students have been encouraged to use the extra curricular feature to list all their activities as they progress through school as this is an important aspect which can make the difference in selecting one student over others. Being involved in the school and wider community has been mooted by employers and people seeking school leavers for limited placements as being more important than excellent academic achievement.
A password was sent to every parent at the beginning of the year. If this has been misplaced it is very easy to reset. Please email me and I will reset your password, which will be sent out by Dreamcatcher. Either save the password so you can automatically log on every time, or you can change it to something you will remember.
The following slides were prepared for the SOS session at the beginning of this term:
username: parent school email
password: generated from Dreamcatcher
An example of one of the interactive tools students can use to identify strengths relating to Key Competencies. A personal profile summarising all data is saved each time students complete these sections.
Students can electronically document their goals with dates to be completed. As the date approaches they will get a reminder to indicate their progress or edit the date or goal. After the date they will be sent a reminder the goal has yet to be completed.
Students can record, update and edit career ideas they have. They link to information about each of these so the student and parent/caregiver are aware of recommended subjects, achievements and personal qualities required in the industry.
Mrs Pam Knight, Careers Advisor