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    Default I want to work during the day

    With DD already in full time school and DS starting full time next year ive been thinking of having a career change.

    Im a qualified chef and have worked in kitchens my whole working life. The last few years ive just dont 'no-where' jobs. You know, those jobs that fit in with the kids, DH and school etc.

    I want a change but i dont know what. I wouldnt mind going back to Tafe or something but not for 4 years or anything.

    Ive thought about getting into the funeral industry (like a funeral arranger) but it seems too corporate for me. I want to do something important. I LOVE working with people, i like the idea of helping people, making a difference. Ive always thought of myself as a pretty compassionate person, creative.

    Theres a few things i like the idea of but the reality of it scares me.
    EG. I like the idea of correction counseling, you know helping people in prison re-enter society but the reality of it is that most people who offend, re-offend and that would just drive me crazy. I like the idea of working with the elderly, you know helping them shop or playing cards with them or listening to their stories but the thought of wiping butts and cleaning up vomit and being yelled at is very unappealing.

    Id really like to work during the day too. Ive worked nights/weekends/holidays my whole life and it would be nice to see my family!!

    Any suggestions??

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    Do any schools nearby have a student kitchen? A kitchen assistant only needs minimal qualifications (generally some sort of Ed Support certificate plus police checks). A lot of the jobs you are looking at involve caring and working with kids fits into that as it's very rewarding on a personal level. There's quite a few primary schools around here with a Stephanie Alexander kitchen/garden, so you don't necessarily need to look at high schools.

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    If you have qualifications as a chef I would be looking at doing your Cert IV in workplace training and looking at some sort of workplace teaching role ( think TAFE or community cooking classes etc)

    Alternatively retirement villages/aged care facilities hire chefs to coordinate their kitchens (day time roles). That type of role would fulfil your current qualifications and also give you some opportunities to connect with people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky76 View Post
    If you have qualifications as a chef I would be looking at doing your Cert IV in workplace training and looking at some sort of workplace teaching role ( think TAFE or community cooking classes etc)

    Alternatively retirement villages/aged care facilities hire chefs to coordinate their kitchens (day time roles). That type of role would fulfil your current qualifications and also give you some opportunities to connect with people.
    Just came to say exactly this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loislane2010 View Post
    With DD already in full time school and DS starting full time next year ive been thinking of having a career change.

    Im a qualified chef and have worked in kitchens my whole working life. The last few years ive just dont 'no-where' jobs. You know, those jobs that fit in with the kids, DH and school etc.

    I want a change but i dont know what. I wouldnt mind going back to Tafe or something but not for 4 years or anything.

    Ive thought about getting into the funeral industry (like a funeral arranger) but it seems too corporate for me. I want to do something important. I LOVE working with people, i like the idea of helping people, making a difference. Ive always thought of myself as a pretty compassionate person, creative.

    Theres a few things i like the idea of but the reality of it scares me.
    EG. I like the idea of correction counseling, you know helping people in prison re-enter society but the reality of it is that most people who offend, re-offend and that would just drive me crazy. I like the idea of working with the elderly, you know helping them shop or playing cards with them or listening to their stories but the thought of wiping butts and cleaning up vomit and being yelled at is very unappealing.

    Id really like to work during the day too. Ive worked nights/weekends/holidays my whole life and it would be nice to see my family!!

    Any suggestions??
    You can do aged care without wiping bums. There are a few companies in which you can work in the planning side of managing a package of care for older people - facilitating services rather than doing services, so it's a desk job talking on the phone to people and home visits to make a plan. No showering or anything.

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    Childcare centres also hore chefs. Pay isn't great but its set daytime hours, some centres require fulltime and many part time hours 8am -1/2pm type of hours.

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    hospitals also have chefs which are daytime roles.

    otherwise - canteen manager at a school is a great role ... great hours, lots of kids, mums who help etc.


 

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