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Vraj Patel

Diploma in Hospitality Management - Level 5

What made you decide to study with NSIA?

I completed 12th standard in India, and I was looking for a college that suited my interests. I was aware of the excellent reputation that NSIA has amongst students and the industry, and this was reflected by the high quality tutors.

What are/were the highlights of your course?

I started in Level 5, and I’m just about to begin Level 6. I still look forward to attending every day but the highlights for me include the work and the practical experience. These tasks really build your confidence, and I’m really enjoying it.

What did you learn that helps you in your current role?

I learnt a broad range of skills like: customer service; waiting staff qualities; making cocktails and mocktails; barista skills; and bartender skills.

How valuable have the services of the Careers & Employment teams been to you?

Really important, as they help us get a job in the right place. The people I have worked with are all amazing, and really very helpful.

What are your goals for the future?

New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to live in, and the people are really kind and helpful. I also feel really safe here. I hope to work in the hospitality industry once I graduate. It is an area of work that I really enjoy, and I am learning great skills.