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Cool Careers: Chef

Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy cooking or baking or creating new recipes? Then a career as a chef is perfect for you.


Training to Become a Chef

There are two ways to become a chef. First, you can attend a culinary school in your area that offers two-year or four-year programs. Or second, you can work as a chef’s apprentice, learning first-hand in an on-the-job setting. But it’s not quite that simple. Becoming a chef takes a lot of hard work and studying. You’ll need to excel in these areas: creativity, multi-tasking, determination, and co-ordination. And don’t forget, this career involves tons of stress and criticism.


Working Your Way to the Top

Like most careers, if you want to reach the top of your industry, you have to start at the bottom. In high school take cooking courses, and find a part-time job at a restaurant. Even if you’re a dishwasher, it still helps to get your foot in the door. Once you become a certified chef, you can still work your way up. Depending on your level of training, title, clientele and the venue you work for, your paycheck will move up too!


Where Chefs Work

Chefs are needed everywhere people pay to eat, and even sometimes where they don’t (like in the White House!) You don’t necessarily have to work in regular restaurants. You could work in cafeterias and hotels, golf courses and hospitals, or even for a catering company. And if you’ve got a travel bug, you could even work on a cruise ship!


Certification

There are many types of certified chefs (for example, Certified Sous Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, etc.). Becoming certified means that you have completed all the education and work experience required for your specific avenue of culinary arts. Every type of certification has different requirements. So check out the American Culinary Federation or the Canadian Culinary Federation (or the Culinary Federation in your area) to view the certification requirements.


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AlphaT posted in Family Issues:
"Sabbie_luv" wrote:I hate when people say suicide is selfish. The people who say that its selfish don't realize how much it hurts. I mean, my life is horrible! I feel like I am getting an anxiety attack everytime someone tries to talk to me (i have not been diagnosed with social anxiety)! They don't know how bad it is. People say that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Well, suicide is the light at the end. I have attempted suicide twice but I always chicken out. I need someone to kill me. Please. As someone who has friends who were suicidal, and having been suicidal at one point in my life, It's the other way around. The people who are suicidal don't often realize how selfish taking their own life will be, because of the suffering they're experiencing. More directly to your case, though, anxiety causes control-seeking behavior. The taking of ones' own life can be seen as a way to escape the feelings which hurt us, and so we seek to control the situiation by taking ourselves out of the equation. It's like someone who falls ill when they get anxious at school.They know that falling ill will get them out of school, so someone who is anxious can actually have a physical illness as a result of wanting to escape the situation which makes them feel that way. Suicide works a lot in the same way, it's just that instead of getting out of school, we're getting out of life.  The only difference is that the person who gets out of school gets to experience that relief of the anxiety going away, the return of normal breathing as they're able to finally clam down their body and their mind. They start to feel comfortable again. Someone who commits suicide gets none of this, as they'll never again feel anything. There's no possibility of that feeling of relief, there's no longer a person.  In my view, feeling nothing at all is worse than feeling pain. At least when you can feel, you have a chance of feeling better. Life is too, well, lively...especially in such a time like this. I mean, they're making phones which could make their own power for goodness sakes!
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Hoellu
Hoellu posted in Family Issues:
Yup.. Pretty agreeBut we don't know If he has already died..! :/I know someone who are going to kill himself bcs of me.. /o\ It's not necesary telling why.  No matter. I'm just trying to stop him..  It's so difficult with so much stress..! /o\"I just know that dieing is not the solution., bcs he is not going to get his objetive anyways.... Conclusion: If something is breaking your life.. Change it!  It doesn't have to be the end!
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I hate when people say suicide is selfish. The people who say that its selfish don't realize how much it hurts. I mean, my life is horrible! I feel like I am getting an anxiety attack everytime someone tries to talk to me (i have not been diagnosed with social anxiety)! They don't know how bad it is. People say that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Well, suicide is the light at the end. I have attempted suicide twice but I always chicken out. I need someone to kill me. Please.
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