I was set on PIHMS when I visited in 2019 with my high school. I loved the diversity of students, family-feel environment and admired how professional everyone looked. I loved how students took charge and were so confident in themselves. Most importantly for me at least, it looked fun and for that reason, I was sold.
My first placement was at the Hilton Lake Taupo as a Food and Beverage Attendant, and my second placement (which I am currently on) is at the CPG Hotels Hanmer Springs as a Guest Services Agent. Both experiences were very different in every way. In Taupo, I learnt how to be a team player and observe various management styles. Here in Hanmer, I have to self-manage, and recently had to step up to lead our small team in Front Office.
My favourite thing about placement is having a sense of independence, and the opportunity to discover different regions of New Zealand. With that, I also very much enjoyed meeting and working alongside PIHMS alumni during both placements.
“I chose this industry for the purpose of interacting and learning more about one’s culture.”
I believe that although I may not get the chance to visit every place in the world, by meeting and catering to different people I may get a chance to engage with where they have come from.
I do not have a dream job as such but once I graduate, I would like to explore more of NZ and the world, in different fields like HR or Marketing. I would like to work towards the overall goal of self-employment.