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Parents in India

After the World War II, we saw that the yester-generation in India was motivated by a government job. A person who had a government job was considered successful and fathers were ready to give their daughters in marriage to young men with government jobs. In those day a private job was seen as a risky affair.
After introduction of LPG and Y2k massacre, the trend changed. Success = to having a private IT job. Children were sent to special coaching classes to become an engineer or doctor. This became an educational bubble a kid’s smartness was determined by the course chosen after 10th standard. Commerce and Arts turned invisible to parents, who themselves were treated as kings sometime back. Now, these commerce and art graduate parents pushed their children towards their glorious future as an engineer or doctor. After a few years, parents were also bit by the MBA sting.

What is the parental attitude now? Parents see their children as future CEOs and entrepreneurs. Now, children are encouraged to be innovative and to create new things. The next bubble is growing towards entrepreneurship.

 

Design interns, design your career

Designing and planning a career is every student’s errand. When you know that your passion is DESIGN, then your planning and groundwork needs to be as creative as you are.

Though your presentation and process could get creative, there is a structure you could use to plan.

Before you choose your internship

Design Internship

Design Internship

  • When we are ambiguous about next steps, research is a recommended step. Talk to people, read a lot, explore opportunities and always be on look out for chances to learn more. Research as much as possible to list out your available options. Subscribe to intern portals to acquaint yourself with trending job profiles.
  • Different time, suits different people. Summer break may be perfect to make the most out of an internship opportunity and for some, everyday during college may be perfect. Understand your priorities and commit yourself completely to your internship at a time that is perfect to you.
  • “Understand what an unpaid internship pays you?” . When you are offered an unpaid internship in a firm, ask yourself what is it worth? Sometimes the opportunity may turn out to be great while you meet new people and engage with the unknown to learn new things. Sometimes, it is a backlash. A healthy way to evaluate this is to figure out whether you are learning something at this place or are you rendering your services. Where there is learning, foregoing your paycheck may not pinch you.

During your internship

  • Professional structure and designed chaos; dress well and present yourself professionally. Though you are a student, you are now in a professional environment. Hence, you will be considered as a professional. This means you will have to dress, speak and behave like a professional. All you need to do is, show some etiquette at the place you work. That is work etiquette.
  • Know your employer. After your stint, if you don’t get to know your employer, your chances of connecting back with them are reduced. Know what you can expect and tap and what you can give then in return.
  • Know your mentor. Knowing your employer is different form knowing your mentor. Most interns are assigned to an employee of the firm, who ends up being your mentor. If the person you work does not seem good enough to be your mentor, then find one before you know you have lost on all the learning.
  • Get your portfolio up-to-date. Your portfolio speaks for you. It is your “branding tool”. Amateur designs may indicate negatively about your potential and abilities. Hence, enhance and update your portfolio with what you think is best to represent yourself.
  • Visit and engage with a studio often. Apart from your daily assignments with your employer, visiting a studio rejuvenates your creativity.

Culinary Masters – Cooking is my job

Soups, sauces, chutneys, starters, noodles, confectionery; this is how their course curriculum looks like. Yes, this article is going to introduce you to a rarely chosen college course. Chefs are the final product of these schools. Culinary skills are honed during this stint. Your office and work station is a kitchen.

Cooking could be opted as a casual vocation or a full-time occupation. Some training and structure would help the aspiring chef or cook to know their profession better. For those who think that this course is all about making new recipes and tasting food, may have to add some more subjects into their study hour.

Curriculum of a culinary course

If you are choosing a bachelor’s course, it lasts for 3 years. There are post-graduate courses also available with specializations like international cooking, bakery and confectionery, restaurant management, bread and pastry, oriental cusine, mediterranean cusine and so on. Below is a brief outline of a culinary course curriculum:

First Year

  • Orientation – Fundamentals of Food Production
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Product Identification
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Basics of Hospitality
  • French culinary
  • Basics of communication in English
  • Basics of Kitchen training
  • Basics of computer application

Second Year

  • Principles of Baking and Pastry making
  • Food & Beverage Matching-I
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Principles of Management & Organizational Behaviour
  • Basic Accountancy
  • Principles of Gastronomy
  • Regional bulk cooking
  • Contemporary Cakes
  • Desserts and Breads
  • Food and Beverage matching
  • Training and project presentation

Third Year

  • Culinary Art & Concepts
  • European Confectionery
  • Food & Beverage Matching – II
  • Labour Legislation & Hotel Law
  • International Baking
  • Materials Management
  • Sales & Marketing Management
  • Cuisine Facility Planning & Design
  • Advanced Edible Sculpture & Culinary Arts
  • International Visual Confectionery
  • Bread Art, Oriental & Far eastern Cuisine.

The curriculum listed above blends into both theoretical and practical classes. This course remains as formal as  any other known professional course. It includes project work and internship.

Where do we get placed?

For a not so popularly opted course, the next obvious question would be “what is my job?”. How do I earn a living after this course. After finishing this course students get placed in restaurants, hotels, catering service houses, food technology firms. Apart from these jobs, one may choose to be self employed, by being a food taster/tester, food critic (more to do with writing), independent chef, specialized chef, start your own bakery or restaurant or be a teacher for other aspirants.

In India chefs start with an initial pay pack of Rs. 1.5 lakhs p.a and grow depending on their specialization Rs. 12 lakhs p.a.

Current trends

Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal, Anjum Anand, Vikas Khanna and Hari Nayak are some of the known veterans in this field. With a lot specialization and technological improvements, satellite tv shows have carved some time to host cooking shows and competitions to draw a common man’s attention.

Some useful links:

http://www.iactchefacademy.com

http://www.lecordonbleu-usa.com/Home

http://www.napavalley.edu/CookingSchool/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_school

http://www.ciachef.edu/

http://www.schoolcraft.edu/

http://www.stratford.edu/content-pages/about-us/bic-foundation

http://www.redcarpetacademy.edu.in/cooking-college-india.php

http://www.chefs.edu/Chicago

http://www.nitamehta.com/

http://www.indianfoodsguide.com