Work Abroad Coordinator, BUNAC, London
Bachelor of International Tourism Management in Travel Management
She loves helping other young people volunteer and work abroad, says AUT tourism alumna Olivia Turner who now lives and works in London.
“I’m in charge of supporting young people with their plans to travel overseas on our work abroad programmes. My job is to book them onto our programmes to Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and assist them with organising their flights, visa, accommodation and anything else needed for them to travel and work overseas.
“I love working with so many programmes, and with so many different people and areas within the tourism industry.”
She has always been passionate about travel, says Olivia who completed a Bachelor of International Tourism Management in Travel Management at AUT.
“I chose AUT’s tourism degree because I had a strong interest in travel and the organisation of travel. I had done a large amount of travelling at a young age, which also helped to spark my interest in the industry. AUT was the best option for me, as I wanted to study close to home and AUT offered the best experience for study that was both practical and theory-based.”
It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted.
“What I liked most about AUT is the variety of papers within the degree, so you can learn about several areas of the industry at once. This will help you get a better understanding of the industry and the different areas you could work in.
“The academic staff also provided a large amount of support throughout my time at AUT, whether it was help on assignments, or advice on choosing the best pathway and planning my future.”
Prepared for the future
The workplace experience in her final year was one of the highlights of Olivia’s studies.
“As part of my degree, I completed a 300-hour placement with IEP (International Exchange Programs). As an intern I was involved in completing a variety of outbound, inbound tourism and administration tasks. I appreciate that AUT helped me to get a placement with one of their partner companies for my workplace experience.”
She says the skills she developed at AUT have prepared her well for her career now.
“Through AUT, I’ve developed time management skills, research skills, customer service skills and up-to-date knowledge of the changing tourism industry, which I can use to inform my organisation and therefore provide the best service to the community.”