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So, after graduation, Coral signed up for the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) (Café Services) (Bar Services). She stayed another six months to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (Restaurant Services)
"I loved that we studied what we were really interested in. This programme meant we could try new things and really experiment with different aspects of hospitality.''
As soon as Coral finished her qualifications, the job offers started rolling in.
"Since I've finished my studies, I've had several full-time jobs in the industry. It's great to take up each opportunity as it arises,'' she says.
Coral's found that her studies were very relevant.
"Everything I learnt I've applied without fail and in my job people are asking me how to do things, like make certain cocktails.''
Coral has found that her design degree has helped in the industry too.
"I've created new menu designs. It's great that I can combine all my qualifications in a useful way.''
Coral's future plans include travelling the world, working in hospitality and learning more about the job she loves.
To find out more about Otago Polytechnic's second-semester hospitality programmes and the Fees Free Scheme, visit www.op.ac.nz