Jasmine Parker started working at McDonald’s after school, but once she started at NZMA last year and gained training in barista, she was able to start working in cafes. This appealed on at least one front: “I love baking, so I was in my element in cafes!” Now she has started working at the Grand Windsor Hotel in Auckland, after graduating with a Diploma in Hospitality Level 5 at NZMA.

“I’m so lucky to be part of the foundation team at the Grand Windsor Hotel,” she said. “I have the opportunity to gain experience in all the main departments.” Parker’s training at NZMA was in Food and Beverage, but as the hotel is undergoing renovations to become 5 star, she is getting hands-on experience in a range of roles.

Parker credits much of her success to her training at NZMA. “It gave me a purpose, and I have a path now, so I know I’m going places,” she explained. Apart from the skills training in her course, she also gained confidence and was able to present herself well at interviews, in part thanks to the NZMA Careers Team. “They really have your best interests at heart, and help with opportunities to find work, and this made all the difference to me.”

Parker is keen to get as much experience as she can in her current role.  Eventually she would like to continue her studies with NZMA and gain Level 6 and 7 leading to her Bachelor Degree from the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute in Switzerland.