Over 95000 jobs in New Zealand are tourism related, i.e. over 4% of the workforce. Hospitality and Tourism is the fastest growing sector.
New Zealand is a beautiful country with peace loving people comprising of a strong Indian/Asian community. Overseas tourism, on which the industry thrives, has doubled every decade since 1970.
The cost of education is much lower as compared to the US or UK although the quality remains as high. In addition to this, students have excellent stay back & employment options post completion of their course. According to the present government policies, if you study a level 7 program (Bachelor’s degree or above) in New Zealand, you are entitled to a One Year Post-Study Work Visa (PSW). This is an excellent opportunity for students to get practical work experience after they study. Students can also take up part time jobs while studying, for upto 20 hours a week and support the cost of living. The current minimum wage is NZD 15.25.
New Zealand Universities and Institutions offer many options for hospitality students from the world over. The courses include one and two-year undergraduate diplomas, three-year bachelor degrees, post graduate diplomas and master’s degrees. The most interesting fact about these courses is that students are placed into internships after every six months of study making the process much more interesting and the training more hands on. For example, the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS), which is one of the oldest HM schools in New Zealand, offers a pathway into industry with paid internships included in the program. In this way, students get guaranteed practical experience at top hotels and also earn a good amount of money at the same time. In most cases, the students are offered permanent positions at the same hotels on the completion of their internship.
There is currently an ongoing skill shortage in the hospitality and tourism industry in New Zealand. As it growing at a fast pace, it makes it the best time to make a career in this ever-exciting industry.