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Adventure Tourism graduate zips up a new career

The future is looking bright for recent Queenstown Resort College (QRC) graduate Kate James who’s just landed a job at Ziptrek, one of Queenstown’s newest and most exciting adventure tourism operations.

With a two-year Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management under her belt, Kate is now working behind the scenes to help launch Ziptrek in Queenstown this summer.  The flying fox-type eco adventure is already popular overseas and Queenstown will be its first New Zealand operation.

It was Kate’s passion for the adventure tourism industry which led her to study at Queenstown Resort College.

“Queenstown’s such a fantastic place – if you’re going to study adventure tourism anywhere then it should definitely be in the adventure capital of the world!  I wanted to build a career in the industry and QRC’s diploma offered the perfect combination of practical and management skills.”

Taught by experienced industry practitioners, the diploma aims to develop successful future adventure tourism managers by blending business management and leadership skills with hands-on adventure education and a nine-month fully paid internship with an adventure tourism company.

Kate’s internship was with Queenstown Sea Kayaks and as the company’s Administration Manager she was exposed to all aspects of the company’s operation.

“I got to see how everything was done firsthand and the theory and business management paper I learnt in class were far more valuable and relevant to the industry than I ever imagined,” she says.

Kate’s final six months of study comprised business papers like Business Development & Strategy, Managerial Accounting, and the Tourism Law & Resource Management Act - all imperative to what Kate believes will make her a successful manager.

“There’s no way I would have been considered for this role without my QRC qualification,” Kate says.  “I’ve hit the ground running and now I’m working for a dynamic international company that I see a great future with.”

  • Posted By: QRC on Fri, 8th Oct 2010 @ 00:00:00