Guramrit Pal Singh – known to his friends in New Zealand as Lucky – has done the hard yards and landed the job he has been dreaming of.
Lucky came to New Zealand in 2006 from Punjab in India and began studying the National Diploma in Hospitality (Management) (Level 5) at Whitireia.
Lucky graduated from Whitireia in December 2008 and was awarded overall excellence and top student in class. “I actually thought one of my good friends in the class was going to get the award, it was an awesome surprise when I did,” says Lucky. “All my hard work paid off!”
During the course Lucky did an internship and work-experience with the Quest Hotel on Willis Street and also worked part time at Burger King to help finance his studies. Lucky was offered a fulltime Duty Manager and Reception job at the Quest Hotel before he even graduated. “The course was great, it gave me all the necessary skills to step right into the industry,” says Lucky.
Lucky lives in Titahi bay where he flats with friends and commutes to the city each day to work. He has visited a number of destinations in New Zealand, from Queenstown to Auckland.
Lucky says he moved to New Zealand to study because it “seemed like the perfect place to get into the career I wanted. The study is manageable and there are lots of opportunities.”
“I settled in quite quickly and made lots of friends who helped with that,” says Lucky. “I miss my family a lot but the tutors and international team have made the transition that much easier.”
Lucky plans to continue in the hospitality management sector and would eventually like to own his own hotel.
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