Go­ing places, thanks to NZMA

Central Leader - - SPORT -

When Ge­orgina Ta­here dropped out of school as a preg­nant teen, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and a ca­reer were the last things on her mind.

Fast-for­ward 15 years and the pic­ture couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent.

Ge­orgina is now duty man­ager at a busy West Auck­land bar, The Glen.

She also has a Diploma in Ap­plied Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment un­der her belt from NZMA and has just been named Top Hos­pi­tal­ity In­tern­ship Hon­ours Stu­dent for 2012.

‘‘Even though study­ing for my diploma was the hard­est two years I’ve ever had (out­side of hav­ing my kids!) I don’t re­gret it for a minute. I came to NZMA not just for a job, but for a ca­reer. And that’s ex­actly what I’ve got,’’ Ge­orgina says.

‘‘Com­plet­ing all my course­work was a real ac­com­plish­ment for me and one of the high­lights was com­pet­ing at the New Zealand Culi­nary Fares in 2010 and 2011. In the 2011 event I won a sil­ver medal in the ta­ble set­ting com­pe­ti­tion.’’

The two-year Level 6 diploma course in­cludes a 600-hour paid hos­pi­tal­ity in­tern­ship, which for Ge­orgina meant get­ting Killer Shots (the Auck­land Bad­minton Club cafe) up and run­ning again.

‘‘The in­tern­ship was an ex­cel­lent way to put ev­ery­thing I learned at NZMA into prac­tice. It was a huge chal­lenge, but it was also a re­ally great step for my ca­reer.’’

Ge­orgina says the in­tern­ship pro­gramme sets NZMA apart, as it en­ables stu­dents to grad­u­ate not just with ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tal­ity knowl­edge and skills, but also with rel­e­vant in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence – and a ref­er­ence from an em­ployer!

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Charg­ing for­ward: Waitakere City’s Sam Red­wood is chal­lenged by Three Kings United’s Mikhail Bre­de­veldt in the North­ern Re­gion Football League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion match.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Win­ning goal: One­hunga Man­gere’s Bran­don Here­ma­iaDale cel­e­brates his goal in the North­ern Re­gion Football League Sec­ond Di­vi­sion match against Wark­worth AFC.

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