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Posted on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 09:40

Here's the story so far... In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely reguarded as a bad move. Fast foward to 1985. I had a prom to pay for so I got a job at a MacDonalds. Soon after that, I discovered a wormhole in the space/time continuum and landed a job at The Restaurant at the End of The Universe. I worked through the ranks until I was promoted to Ultra Mega Grand Master Executive Chef In Charge of Everything. Life was good. Then, the Cosmic Corporate Downsizing Wars began. I started packing because I knew that sooner or later "they" would have no use for an Ultra Mega Grand Master Executive Chef In Charge of Everything. I blew the dust off my copy of Tht Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, grabbed my towel, and stuck out my thumb. I landed back here on this ridiculous rock at the saute station at a very posh Inn in Stockbridge, MA. You may know the one I'm talking about, and if you ordered fish there between '03 and '07 I probably cooked it for you. Hope you liked it. But in the here and now, and the purpose of this blog, I need advice. You see, I took on a new position as Garde Manger at a new restaurant that showed an enormous amout of promise. It was doing well, so much so that they opened a restaurant inside the restaurant. A humble burger joint. It was doing well for itself, but the Exec was having trouble keeping solid help. Four months ago he asked me to be That Guy. I've never attended a culinary institution, but for all intent, I am a classically trained French chef. I really didn't want to but as a favor to the Exec, I became the most expensive burger flipper you've ever met... Couldn't see it at the time, but it turned into a stroke of luck. The bigger restaurant folded, but the burger joint remained and I still had a job. This past Saturday, I was laid off. It sucks, but the Exec had to make a difficult decision and everyone else in that kitchen had been with the company longer than me. Exit the low man on the totem pole. Truth be told, in a way I'm kinda relieved. I've been quietly loathing the restaurant business for years. I can see the interviews in my head... James, do you have any other job qualifications besides an impressive knife collection and a score of 200,000 at Pac Man? It's hard to see myself doing anything else, but in my heart I know I don't wanna play chef any more. I don't think I'd be going out on a limb here saying that we likely have a bevy of career shifters here on MM. If this is you, would you mind sharing your story?


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Posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 23:05

go find some more Prada and get yee selling on EBAY. May not be THE career,,but you wont go hungry in the meantime.


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Posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 09:24

I got my degree in Computer Applications Management (aka glorified data entry clerk). Then I took my lovely little degree that was obsolete 2 days before my college graduation and got a job in retail. I stayed in sales of some form for the next 12 years. Then I got burned out and tried something different. I became the Marketing Coordinator for a small upscale linen service. Bad times struck (as they do every 3 or 4 years in my world.) and I became a trainer for a software development company. That was 3 years ago and bad times are here again so I have started my own business. Perhaps if I am the boss I won't get "downsized". I now run a "design your own" sewing company where anyone can ask for anything and get it. I just spent 5 days in Pittsburgh, pimping my business and I may have gotten a few good contacts. I was where you are now back in October. It isn't a fun place to be but it can be a good place to be. My advice is do something you love. I love sewing. So it has become my business. Do what you love best. If it is music, then make a demo and start promoting it. If it is art, then take some of your work to a local gallery. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to do what you love and get paid to do it.


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Posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 01:43

A Terry Prachett fan *lol*. I don't see myself changing careers...but I have made a definite shift. I am in control now. Excuse me while I talk shop...but from the view of psychological development, there are alot of advantages to changing career. It can enable you to find avenues to express those aspects of your personality that were neglected in your earlier life. A new job is apt to require a period of new learning which keeps cognitive development alive. You will almost certainly meet new people, face new challenges and develop skills that would never have been possible if you kept to your old career. It's also my experience that those who do make career changes show exceptionally high self esteem and self awareness. Research shows that many who do make a change find that their new job exceeds all their hopes..even though it may mean a drop in salary and status. Most find it very rewarding. Only about 4% regret they made the change. If you decide to make a change there are factors that are critical to an easy transition... Economic support during the transition period. Role models who have sucessfully made a similar career change Support and encouragement from family The timing of the transition in relation to your family life (eg. kids being older) and your original career (eg. increase pressure on the job). And all this can be scary...so one must also face fears. Lecture over *lol*.


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Posted on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 16:02

Virgogem- thanks for sharing your story and if I may add-quite creative... So for what it is worth, I too am a victim of downsizing, just in a different way. i was a stay-at-home female/mom type till the the D(ivorce) and I had to get a real job-enter into corp america, where I trundle away and deal with all sorts of issues from my day gig. However, I did make a big choice to attend school and am now right in the throes of the educational endeavor. At my age I may not realize the fruits of my efforts-but it feels good doing something for myself. Alas, I do not have advice for you-except go back to school and take a job with benefits--find your niche-whether it be food services or even distribution of foods(the logistical guys do pretty good-and with your background-you should be able to understand the vertical markets)--or go into sales-cvb needs guys like you to run the show and book and sell... Just my .02 of course-but maybe these ideas could help... oh and before i go check out sodexho, aramark and usfi...all good companies to work for,they have benefits and may pay for educational needs/wants... e/a


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