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CAREERS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 2016 CAREERS 15 Do a course or a certificate but dont go to uni to get one of these jobs M A K E A C H A N G E JOBS YOU DONT NEED A DEGREE FOR 3 TASTE TEST L E S S G R I L L , M O R E C H I L L O N T H E M E N U CHEF Neil Mellors, left, not only creates burgers for a living, but gets paid to eat them too. The menu development and procurement chef was working in kitchens in a traditional cooking role but with a young family, he wanted a job which involved working fewer weekends and mealtimes. Im still working in food, which I love, he says. A lot of big (food companies) now do have someone who looks after the menus and the procurement side of things. I look at food trends, talk with local suppliers, get the best products for our customers. Im looking out for the next big thing. Burger Urge refreshes its menu every three months, which means constant trialling is part of the job, as well as taste-testing to ensure the products already on the menu are made according to standard across its franchises. When I first took the role on, I was told to try everything twice, he says. I do have something daily to make sure its to spec. NOW is the time forschool students andparents to consider iftheir high school offersthe best opportunitiesto kickstart a young persons career. Traditionally students will start high school in Year 7 and stay at the same school until they graduate with their QCE, typically just because they are enrolled at that school, or are unwilling to move away from friends. Many students in the early years of high school also are not certain about what they want to do when they grow up and interests and abilities can change as they take subjects or MENU DEVELOPMENT CHEF 1Most chefs will cook up someone elses creation or a traditional meal,such as a steak with sides. Menu development chefs, however, create the food that appears on the menu, choosing the produce that will be involved, flavours their customers will savour, and appearance of the meal, to suit the style of the establishment. To be employed, chefs typically need to do an apprenticeship and gain experience in the industry. Often head chefs will be involved in menu development but some chefs will specialise only on creating the menu and will not work general cookery shifts. ACTOR 2Successful actors generally cannotbe taught to be great, however,they can do courses to hone their skills. NIDA Open gives people aged two years and over the chance to access its world-renowned training methods through short courses, holiday classes and part-time studio courses. It helps children and adults explore their creativity in one day, or up to four weeks. NIDA Open head Tricia Ryan says screen acting, audition and screen test, and drama school are among the school holiday courses held in Brisbane this summer. Our experienced tutors ensure each course caters to the varied artistic interests and experiences of their students, while enabling them to appreciate eachothers differences, she says. Exploring creativity through performance practice has plenty of benefits beyond a performing arts career, including improving memory, self-confidence, developing communication skills, and the ability to work with others. Visit open.nida.edu.au or nida.edu.au/ summer for more details TOUR GUIDE 3Going on holiday for work is manya workers dream even if it issomeone elses holiday. A vocational certificate in tourism can be studied but most travel organisations are more interested in hiring someone who has knowledge about a region, is friendly and outgoing, and who does not mind being on the road for days or weeks at a time. Senior first aid skills also are a prerequisite, while for some companies a heavy vehicle licence to drive a bus, 4WD experience or ability to operate another mode of transport may be required. In some cases, being fluent in a foreign language may be required or an advantage. LOOKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE TO GET AN EARLY START Your school may not be preparing you best for your life. Cara Jenkin discovers A BETTER FIT: Australian Industry Trade College Year 11 student Reece Simpson, chief executive Mark Hand and childcare student Ella Collings. choose their careers, and not all schools offer the same opportunities. Australian Industry Trade College chief executive Mark Hand says the university path is not right for every student and many skilled tradespeople are more successful than their white-collar counterparts. Yet many school leavers who take the traditional high school route and choose a trade do not know what they are getting themselves into and are not prepared to enter the workforce. If they can get workplace experience early, they are at an advantage. The message to students and parents is that it pays to start thinking about the future a bit earlier, Hand says. AITC is different to mainstream schools, where a student might spend one day a week studying a trade, which means most would have very limited on the job experience after three years of senior schooling. Students entering Year 10 or Year 11 in 2017 can now move out of the mainstream school system. It is less common to just complete Year 12 at a new school, although there may be places available. Reece Simpson is doing an electrical apprenticeship as part of his Year 11 studies at AITC and hopes he can earn a higher salary earlier than if he had started his apprenticeship after finishing school. I know lots of high school students have a casual or part-time job, but not many are able to work towards their future careers while still at school, he says. Ella Collings is studying childcare as part of her QCE proof it is not just traditional tradies who can make a start on their careers. The mainstream school system wasnt a good fit for me, she says. At AITC Im much happier because the students here are more engaged with what they are doing and we are all working towards a common goal, which is to get ahead in life. learning withwith ::l::. seek