MORE TO LIFE WITH A CAREER IN ADVENTURE TOURISM..
a Wakatu Corporation manager led to a cadetship where she got to take wanted more. So with some encouragement from an NMIT tutor I decided to enrol on the Diploma, specialising in sea-kayaking and snowboarding.”
Jacinda knew very little about snowboarding and sea-kayaking before she started at NMIT and she says the course was so in depth she learnt
Jacinda Mitchell has a message for young people who feel they don’t have any career options. “Get out there, go for a career you think you’d she’s gone from leaving Motueka High School with no plans, to graduating with a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Diploma in Adventure Tourism Leadership. She now works as a senior sea-kayak guide for taking people out on guided trips every day. They come from all over the world and I get to show them the fantastic Abel Tasman National Park. It’s skills, then they give you all the safety and background information and great!” Jacinda loved the course and the people on it. “I’ve made lifelong friends. We were a really supportive bunch and we all helped each other get through. It was a life-changing experience for all of us. I’m now more mature and I believe in myself.”
know I’ve got my facts right. It’s also part of telling a good story, which is another skill I didn’t have that I learnt.”
Jacinda is now considering a future that she says she’d never have believed possible when she was at high school. Long-term, Jacinda would like to run adventure tourism for troubled kids. “I went through high school wanting to quit every day and I thought it was all too hard. I don’t want kids to think like that. I want to show them there’s more to life than