Samantha McGhie’s $2500 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Scholarship helped with her first year of tertiary study and set her on the path to a fantastic career in tourism.
Q: What has winning a TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarship meant to you?
It has helped me both financially with my tertiary education at the University of Waikato and enabled me to make connections within the tourism industry.
After completing my first year of University, I am now more determined than ever to achieve my career goals within the tourism industry. I attended TIA's 2015 Tourism Summit which allowed me to meet some inspirational members of the tourism industry and ignited my passion for tourism.
Q: Tell us about your first year of study?
Over this year I did one tourism paper as a base for next year. In this paper I learnt about why people travel, which then related to how people are attracted to visit New Zealand. The most interesting part of this paper was the field trip to Hobbiton. We heard from the manager how it was built up into the attraction it is today and what they hope to achieve in the future.
I am still studying a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University, but due to how much I liked my tourism paper this year, I have decided to double major in both Marketing and Tourism Management. This will give me a better foundation and understanding to work in the tourism industry when I am finished my studies.
Q: What will you do in 2017?
I am excited for next year, as I do two more tourism papers. These will teach me about sustainability within the tourism industry by looking at case studies of different attractions, as well as looking at tourism through a management perspective. This will allow me to gain a deeper understanding of tourism and how important it is to New Zealand.
Q: What’s your ultimate career aim?
My ultimate career aim would be to work on an international marketing scale within the New Zealand tourism industry, either for an attraction, accommodation operator of the government.
Q: What advice would you have for senior secondary school students considering a career in tourism?
Do your research. There are always the obvious career paths in tourism, such as hotel manager, airhostess, or travel agent. But there are also a lot of behind the scenes jobs within the tourism industry that most people don’t know are there such as such as finance, HR sales and business development roles. You may find that the job you thought you want is not actually in front of the tourists but backstage.
There are always the obvious career paths in tourism but there are also a lot of behind the scenes jobs within the tourism industry that most people don’t know are there. You may find that the job you thought you want is not actually in front of the tourists but backstage.