Course : Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5
Name of the Hotel: The Langham, Auckland
Duration of work experience: July 2014 to August 2014
I was struggling to get a job in the kitchen due to my lack of experience. So I approached Kathryn of iCareer support, for help. She helped me with my CV and then introduced me to The Langham, Auckland for a one month “Work Experience”.
After being placed as a trainee chef at this hotel, I was able to experience how the commercial kitchen actually runs, and was placed in different sections each time so that I could learn a variety of skills and duties of the running of a big hotel kitchen.
The Chefs were friendly and helpful; they taught me how to use different types of equipment/machinery and how each ingredients need to be handled. Each shift I was provided with a nice meal and a 30 minutes break time. Most of the chefs were willing to mentor me, not just on skills required in the kitchen, but also about the chef career itself.
Although there was no problem during my work experience, it was reassuring knowing that Kathryn at iCareer was there for me if there were any issues, and assured me to perform and learn my very best in the hotel kitchen industry. Shortly after my work experience iCareer supported my application and sent off my updated CV to the Sudima Hotel where I was able to get a job. I would definitely recommend the work experience to anyone who is lacking experience, skills and confidence. Hotel work experience has improved me and prepared me for the next steps in my chef career.