Need help with career change.

beasty54

Distinguished Member
Hi guys, i'm now 27 and went to a grammer school but i hated it with a passion so of course as soon as the opportunity to leave was presented to me, i took it.
10 years down the line and i'm stuck working as a chef because it was very easy to start at the bottom with no qualifications and eventually work my way up to head chef. Basically ive had enough of the 10 am starts and 11pm finishes 6 days a week including the whole weekend but the problem i have now is that ive no qualifications what so ever. Ive found that getting into something else is almost impossible thanks to employers taking one look at my CV and seeing that ive done pretty much nothing besides working as a chef and deciding i'm no good.
When i'm not at work all i'm interested in doing is sitting and relaxing because after 60 hours in a hot kitchen i cant be bothered to do anything so this got me into my computer and AV gear and i love it.

Over the past 5 years i must have made quite a bit of money doing odd jobs for people, building and repairing PCs, fixing windows problems, setting up networks and so on. The same applies to AV setups, while i dont clame to be an expert i'm certainly a lot more clued up than any of my friends and family, so again this has lead to a fair bit of money made on buying and installing equipment for people. Games consoles is another hobby of mine, i love my gaming but i also like to know how they all work so this has lead to repair, upgrades and modifications on a few consoles.

Basically i'm very technically minded but its so difficult to get into anything i'm interested in and it just bugs the hell out of me knowing that half the jobs i'd be happy to do are full of people with less knowledge than me.

I really am finding it hard to get away from catering so any help you guys could give would be appreciated.
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
start your own gastro pub, set up a good team, then you can work sensible hours and get your grunts to do all the prep and clearing up
 

beasty54

Distinguished Member
start your own gastro pub, set up a good team, then you can work sensible hours and get your grunts to do all the prep and clearing up
Thanks for that reply buddy, although its not quite what i had in mind believe it or not. :rolleyes:
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
Thanks for that reply buddy, although its not quite what i had in mind believe it or not. :rolleyes:
i guessed not, but decent gastro pubs can make good money, so hard to find places that cook normal good quality food that don't go to pot after the first 3 months ...
 

beasty54

Distinguished Member
i guessed not, but decent gastro pubs can make good money, so hard to find places that cook normal good quality food that don't go to pot after the first 3 months ...
Yeah i suppose thats true but i just want out of the trade altogether to be honest, i just dont enjoy it anymore.
 

eric pisch

Novice Member
Yeah i suppose thats true but i just want out of the trade altogether to be honest, i just dont enjoy it anymore.
work is work, it all pretty much becomes boring eventually

try to pick a line you have at least got some interest in
 

beasty54

Distinguished Member
work is work, it all pretty much becomes boring eventually

try to pick a line you have at least got some interest in
I dont mean to sound rude mate, but did you actually read anything i posted above? Telling me to pick something i have an interest in doesn't really help :rolleyes: If i couldn't get that far on my own there would be no hope.
I thought i had made it quite clear what i was interested in and the main reason for wanting to get out of catering is the hours really.
 

Solomon Grundy

Distinguished Member
Why don't you start off by advertising locally all of the services you just said you enjoy doing. Just because nobody will employ you to do what you are good at doesn't mean that you can't do it for yourself. If your rivals employ people with less ability than you it means you have a competitive advantage over them. Why would you want them to take the largest share of the money made by working FOR them...you can compete against them and do a better job of it by the sound of it. At first you will be able to do it with the safety net of your Chef job but as you get busier you can pack it in. Nothing but your own hard work and ambition can get you where you want to be, if you want to make the change badly enough you'll find a way to do it. Good luck!
 

CGizzi

Novice Member
Id think about getting yourself a good CV list your skills:
Dedication/commitment to your work (60hrs)
Show your career progression within the industry
Etc.
Etc.

Remember you know who you are but the person reading it doesnt so sell your skills to them!
When applying for work that you liek the sound off enclose an accompanying letter stating that authough you have worked up to head chef within your industry you now want a career change & try & show why the job your applying for is of interest to you.
 

Rich

Active Member
It's probrably no use to you, I had a friend who was in the same situation as you, a chef who worked long hours, he wasn't too great at school as well.
He got a job as a catering salesman, and is doing really well for himself, I think it was brake brothers or something like that.
I think he got the job, because he met people in the business through work.

Anyway, if that's no use to you here some websites where you can enter your CV and see if anything comes of it........

http://www.fish4.co.uk/iad/jobs
http://www.jobsite.co.uk/
http://www.totaljobs.com/
http://www.monster.co.uk/

I know what you're going through, I'm trying to get out of my job, I'm continental shifts.
 

beasty54

Distinguished Member
It's probrably no use to you, I had a friend who was in the same situation as you, a chef who worked long hours, he wasn't too great at school as well.
He got a job as a catering salesman, and is doing really well for himself, I think it was brake brothers or something like that.
I think he got the job, because he met people in the business through work.

Anyway, if that's no use to you here some websites where you can enter your CV and see if anything comes of it........

http://www.fish4.co.uk/iad/jobs
http://www.jobsite.co.uk/
http://www.totaljobs.com/
http://www.monster.co.uk/

I know what you're going through, I'm trying to get out of my job, I'm continental shifts.
Yes i know the company and ive used them before. It actually happens quite a bit, another guy i used to work with has just gone to work for one of his old suppliers as a sales rep but unfortunately, due to the fact i dont drive, my options in that area are pretty much none existent.

I'll take a look at "totaljobs" and "monster" and see what i can find. Thanks for the help so far guys :smashin:
 

flosspot

Novice Member
My best advice would be to check out a website like Adzuna - they have loads of IT jobs and other techy jobs but also Adzuna Connect - this basically gets your mates to help find you work. Its really clever - highly recommended!!
 

IronGiant

Moderator
The fact you work for them doesn't have anything to do with this massive thread bump does it?
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
Did you change career, Beasty54?
 

robel

Well-known Member
for the record i would have loved to have been a professional chef.

You seem to be missing one massive ingredient(!) PASSION!!

Which you need to have any job in order to enjoy doing it and therefore put up with painful bits...
 

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