Master of International Tourism Management student
Bachelor of International Tourism Management
She chose to study tourism because of her love for travel, says Jade Harvey who is currently completing a Master of International Tourism Management.
“I love how dynamic the tourism industry is. There are so many opportunities within tourism, and it’s easy to change jobs and experience something completely new within the field.
“I think AUT does an amazing job of providing students with relevant knowledge to get into the industry after study, as well as hands-on experience through the workplace experience that is part of the tourism degree.”
The journey to success
She has come a long way since her first year at university, Jade says.
“When I first came to AUT, I was a little unsure about this new environment but as the semesters went by, I saw my skills develop and my confidence in my own abilities grew. I also enjoyed the connections I made, not just with my classmates but with the lecturers as well. They became less like teachers and more like mentors.
“My biggest challenge was in my first year when the whole university environment was very new to me. When I started to get involved in the peer mentoring programme, I established a great support network of other students as well as lecturers and Māori student advisors. In my second year, I became involved in the Māori student association and that’s where I met most of my uni friends.”
There have been many highlights throughout her studies, Jade says.
“I was fortunate to go on a study tour to Hong Kong with 18 other students, sponsored by Hong Kong Airlines. I also received the Faculty of Culture and Society Masterate Fee Scholarship, as well as the Office of Māori Advancement Scholarship. I also completed workplace experience at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, which was the perfect place for me to see first-hand how local government and iwi work together in the tourism sphere.”
Advice for other students
Make sure you’re studying something you enjoy, Jade says.
“My advice for other students is to always make sure you’re doing your studies for the right reasons and it’s something you really love. I stayed focused on what I wanted to get out of my degree and where I wanted to go with it by reminding myself that this is a field I love and am passionate about.”
Think about what’s in it for you, she adds.
“The main thing I would stress to other students is to think about ‘What’s in it for me?’. I would write this on my wall planner or computer every year, and that way I was always thinking about what this degree, assignment or exam would mean for my future.”