Small world opens up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Col­lege grad­u­ate Michelle Mon­tague has had a busy year but there is no rest for this young lady as she gets set to pack her bags for an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.

Michelle has been study­ing a Di­ploma in Tourism (en­dorsed in In­ter­na­tional Flight At­tend­ing) at Bay of Plenty Polytech­nic. As part of her course she had the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for a work place­ment in Dis­ney­world, Florida.

Michelle jumped at the chance of work­ing for the hap­pi­est place on earth and her ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in Mata­mata was just the ticket, as she ex­plains.

‘‘We went to Auck­land to meet with the Dis­ney em­ploy­ees. I got talk­ing about the life­guard­ing I do at the pools in Mata­mata and then I got the call – you’re off to Florida to work as a life­guard in the Dis­ney ‘Ty­phoon La­goon’ water park. Wow!’’

The Dis­ney­world work place­ment in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion and some spend­ing money in ex­change for some great work ex­pe­ri­ence for up to a year.

The visa also al­lows for 30 days’ travel be­fore start­ing work and 30 days at the end.

Julie Kerry, group leader of tourism and travel at Bay of Plenty Polytech­nic, is a great sup­porter of the place­ment pro­gramme and sees many ca­reer ben­e­fits for the stu­dents who are suc­cess­ful.

‘‘ The ex­pe­ri­ence they gain is un­beat­able,’’ Julie said.

She said the re­wards of such an op­por­tu­nity would be re­couped.

‘‘ Many stu­dents on re­turn show in­creased con­fi­dence, ex­pe­ri­ence and at­ti­tude that soon tran­spire into job op­por­tu­ni­ties in New Zealand and overseas – it’s like a spring­board into some of the larger tourism or­gan­i­sa­tions who recog­nise the im­por­tance of the Dis­ney ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Michelle has a proven record of work­ing hard.

She was a Pa­cific Coast Schol­ar­ship win­ner at the polytech­nic for 2012 and is al­ready work­ing on four dif­fer­ent pa­pers to­wards a Bach­e­lor of Tourism.

This high-fly­ing young lady is go­ing to be a fab­u­lous am­bas­sador for our com­mu­nity.


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