Calib Gurden

Tourism Graduate

Studying tourism is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to live and work on the West Coast, says Tai Poutini Polytechnic graduate Calib Gurden.

“I was really surprised to learn about the growth of tourism on the Coast and see the numbers increase year after year, even surpassing mining and dairying. Now there are so many opportunities out there – if you want to stay on the Coast it’s basically the way to go,” he says.

The 19-year-old graduated in mid-2017 and was immediately snapped-up as a Customer Service Representative for Franz Josef Glacier Guides and Glacier Hot Pools, both part of Ngāi Tahu Tourism. He loves his job and says he’s lucky to work in one of the world’s most amazing environments.

“When I finished high school I was working part-time at a supermarket and really didn’t know what I wanted to do. My teacher suggested I enrol in the TPP’s tourism course and it totally changed the way I thought about the rest of my life”.

“Now I’m excited about all the opportunities ahead as tourism on the West Coast grows and develops. I see myself working in management one day, hopefully helping to make this amazing place a top destination for tourists.”

Calib says training helped open his eyes to better opportunities and better job prospects. “I didn’t consider myself that academic or smart, but I turned up, learned everything and got a job out of it. You can’t get a better outcome than that.”