Changing career to work in catering can give you the opportunity to turn a hobby into a job, become your own boss or simply enjoy the excitement that working in a professional kitchen can bring.
Everyone must eat, meaning that there is no shortage of positions and opportunities within the catering industry, whether you want to become a master of the pizza ovens, a Michelin star chef or the sausage roll supremo at children’s birthday parties.
Whatever you want to do in the catering industry, you will normally need to have stamina and be physically fit, be able to communicate well and multi-task. Organisational skills are also important, as is a genuine passion for food. You will also need to be dedicated to make it in an industry where long, unsociable hours are the norm.
Working for yourself
If you decide to set up your own business, it can open many exciting doors but it is important to ensure that you don’t overstretch yourself financially, you are willing to put in the hours to ensure that your business has the best chance of success and you comply with all the relevant rules and regulations.
Consider factors such as food hygiene and safety certificates and the regulations surrounding the premises you will be working in. More information on starting your own catering business can be found at https://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/startingup.
Available positions and alternative routes
There are many ways you can change career and work in the catering industry. You could choose to open your own pizzeria and invest in your own premises and equipment from companies such as https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-equipment/heavy-cooking-equipment/pizza-ovens. You could go to college to start your new professional journey or you could apply for junior level jobs to build your experience.
Many employers will offer training opportunities to help you progress your career but, in turn, you will need to demonstrate the sort of passion and commitment needed to succeed in what can be a very demanding industry.
If you have some experience in catering but want to change roles or move on in your career, you could apply for more senior roles, working for smaller companies to start with, and remember that good references and a great CV can often be a differentiator when it comes to securing the job of your dreams.