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Gellie Ann Magdalena

Former Hospitality Student

Gellie Ann Magdelena, a former ICAE student from the Philippines, has completed her Certificate IV in Hospitality.


What are the main differences between your home city and Darwin?
The difference between my home city which is in Batangas, Philippines and Darwin is that we don’t get to have that much traffic here in Darwin. It’s very quiet and peaceful here.

Have you ever lived away from home before coming to study in Darwin?
No. This is my first time living away from home.

What did you miss most from home during your study?
Almost everything. My friends, family and the way of life.

What activities did you do outside of school?
I normally just worked than in my free time I went out and just explored Darwin. Eat and have fun.

Why did you choose to study in Darwin?
I chose to study in Darwin since my father used to work here as an Engineer for a mining company. That’s how I got to know Darwin since I came here as a family dependent.

What friends have you made in Darwin?
I have made a lot of friends during my stay in Darwin. I met them at work and at school.

What is your favourite thing about living in Darwin?
My favourite thing about living in Darwin is the people; they are very friendly and I like the laidback way of life.

Did you have any hospitality work experience before starting with ICAE? If yes, how has the curriculum at ICAE helped expand on this?
Yes, before I decided to study, I was working at Lizards and the Convention Centre. The course helped me broaden my knowledge with regards to the industry and it helped me enhance my hospitality skills.

Did you work while you were studying at ICAE?
Yes, I worked at Lizards Bar and Restaurant located in Darwin City.

What is the most interesting and enjoyable part of working in the hospitality industry?
The most enjoyable part of working in the hospitality industry is the people. I get to know a lot of people from different hospitality establishments and it feels great being able to provide a good service to my customers.

What was your favourite part of the course?
My favourite part of the course was the practical assessments like getting involved with the events.

What advice would you give future students?
My advice to the future students is that there are good opportunities in Darwin as long as you work and study hard and know the right people.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people would know?
Many people would think that I’m not approachable or friendly but when they get to know me I am a happy go lucky and very caring person.