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5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Wondering what going to culinary school could do for you?   Well, to put it simply, enrolling in a culinary program can provide an outstanding number of benefits. In fact, not only can you expect to master numerous culinary techniques, you’ll also be prepared to seek employment from a diverse range of employers. Whether you dream of being a private chef or managing a kitchen, there are countless avenues to explore with a background in culinary. Curious as to what specific opportunities might be ahead once you complete a culinary program? Check out these 5 potential career paths.   1.) Hospitality Chef Frequently employed by hotels, resorts, and cruise ships, countless chefs choose to work in the hospitality industry. Often tasked with managing kitchen staff, orders, meal prep, and more, working as a chef in the hospitality industry means that you’ll have the opportunity to prepare dishes for a wide range of pallets. Better yet, if you have the travel bug, working as a cruise line chef will enable you to literally set sail on your new career!   2.) Restaurant Owner Has owning your own restaurant always been a dream of yours? If so, going to culinary school might just be the answer you’ve been searching for. Covering topics such as menu design, sterilization, hazard prevention, serving tables, along with classic culinary techniques, completing a culinary arts program can help you master the fundamental essentials to becoming a culinary expert. Whether you plan on owning a five-star restaurant or a simple burger shack, a background in culinary arts can give you just what you need to get started.   3.) Caterer Did you know that a culinary arts degree also prepares you for a career in catering? Working as part of a team to prepare food for events such as weddings, galas, receptions, conferences, and much more, caterers specialize in a wide variety of outlets. Often tasked with prepping food in advance, caterers commonly take care of meal preparation as well as presentation.   4.) Private Chef Prefer working in a small team compared to a large organization? Private chefs work in an incredibly diverse range of environments. From private yachts to summer homes to even personal households, private chefs enjoy a tremendous amount of variety in their work Employed by multiple individuals or sometimes only a single individual, private chefs often are in charge of tasks such as meal preparation and cooking.   5.) Pastry Chef Do you consider yourself to be a baker or enjoy baking? If so, becoming a pastry chef could be an ideal career path. Specializing in making desserts such as cakes and pastries, pastry chefs work in a variety of outlets. From hotels to hospitals to even private bakeries, pastry chefs are able to take advantage of a wide range of career opportunities. If you’re looking to indulge in a career that is as truly sweet as it sounds, pursuing a culinary arts degree could be just what you need to fulfill your pastry chef dreams.   Ready to find out how you could enroll in a culinary arts program today? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Florida Technical College is here to help you succeed.                                RELATED ARTICLES: School for Culinary Arts Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Careers in Culinary Arts

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician, Part 2

Posted on February 20th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician: Working toward a Better Lifestyle In Part 1 of this series on what it means to be a patient care technician, we showed you just how meaningful this health care career can be. What you also get as a patient care technician is a better lifestyle and the chance to have a real balance between your work and your personal life. If you’re ready to find that balance and enjoy life more, find out how a career in patient care can get you there: Choose your working hours.  In your current job you probably have little control over when you work. With a career as a patient care technician you can expect to have more flexibility. Careers in patient care are growing all the time, faster than average, which means that you have choices. You can choose from a job with night shifts, a nine-to-five schedule, or evenings and weekends. The most important thing is that you finally have the options so you can create a work schedule that is right for you. Work part time or full time. Among all of your choices for working in patient care is the option to work part time or full time. If you want to take some time off to pursue other interests, but still need to earn money, a part time career in patient care could work for you. Because trained workers in this field are so in demand, you have the flexibility to choose how you work and how much free time you get. Earn a better income. When you get out of your dead-end, minimum-wage job and start working in patient care, you will be earning more money. With more income comes greater freedom. Imagine being able to pay off debt, take your family on a vacation, or even just not worrying about money all the time. Spend more time with family. In your current job you probably don’t have the flexibility to choose your own work hours or you may even be pressured to work over time. Quality time with family naturally suffers. With a career as a patient care technician, getting more time to spend with your family is easy. Be there when the kids leave for school or when they get home. Be there to take them to the park in the evenings or to go on weekend trips. Train as a patient care technician on your schedule. Training through our patient care technician program is achievable for anyone. We have flexible class schedules that allow you to train and learn while still taking care of your family and holding down a job. We also offer financial aid assistance, so you can make your dream a reality. Becoming a patient care technician means you can have a better life. You can take back control of how and when you work. You can spend more time with family. And, you can earn more money and get the freedom that comes with a better income. Get started today and find out more about FTC’s Patient Care Technician Program.   RELATED ARTICLE : What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 1  

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician, Part 1

Posted on February 20th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician: A Meaningful Career   Did you know that you can train to be a patient care technician in less than two years? Through Florida Technical College and the Patient Care Technician Diploma Program you can take the coursework and get the hands-on experiences you need to be a nursing assistant, a phlebotomist, a health technician, or even a home health aide. Maybe you’re not really sure what it means to be a patient care technician, but if you are interested in a new career, you enjoy working with people, and you want more than just a job, it’s time to learn more. Find out how being a patient care technician means enjoying a career with meaning: Work with people every day. A lot of modern jobs require you to sit in front of a computer or stand in a factory-line setting and just churn out work. It’s only natural to connect with other people, but in these kinds of jobs you lose that connection. In patient-focused careers, the opposite is true. You actually get to connect with, talk to, and work with people every single day. Loneliness in your work will be a thing of the past. Help people feel better. As opposed to some other medical careers, like medical assisting or billing, a career in patient care is truly focused on the patients and helping them to feel better. Your work as a patient care technician will include helping patients do all the little things that make them feel more comfortable, like bathing, walking, and eating. Be important to other people. Healthy people take these small things for granted, but for those who are ill or disabled, having someone to help and comfort them is important. Your daily duties to your patients will make you a hero in their eyes, someone on whom they will rely and enjoy seeing day after day. Develop relationships. Most patient care technicians work in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term care facilities. This means that you get to work with patients over a long period of time and develop real and meaningful relationships with them. These aren’t just numbered patients coming in and out each day. They are real people and you will have the chance to get to know them on a deeper level. Finally have more than just a job. If you’re tired of having just a job, somewhere to punch the clock and earn a basic living, then working as a patient care technician is a great opportunity. Working in health care gives you the chance to have a meaningful career, but also to advance, to learn more, and to move into more lucrative and challenging positions. If a meaningful career is important to you, find out more about FTC’s Patient Care Technician program. We can offer you the hands-on training you need to get your foot in the door. And look for Part 2 in this series to find out how working as a patient care technician will help you achieve the kind of lifestyle you always dreamed of having.   RELATED ARTICLES : What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 2 Patient Care Technician vs. Medical Assisting