It’s funny how life changes. Certain things happen very slowly, and then there are times where it’s going so fast you don’t know what happend. These last 3 years have been a blur to me. I started the PIDP as a full-time working chef. I felt that being an instructor would be a good career choice as well as still be part of the culinary industry, without the long hours.
Things didn’t really pan out the way I thought it would. About a year after enrolling in the program, I decided to leave the culinary industry altogether and to go to school at VCC, where I took the Administrative Assistant program. It was an 8-month program and when I finished, I was fortunate enough to find a good job right away.
I’ve been at my Admin job for a year now and like it very much. I am still looking to finish the PIDP because I’m so close to finishing and felt that I may still want to pursue a teaching career. Be it as a chef instructor or teaching in an administrative role, I am open to the options that can be created by completing this diploma program.
To be honest, I do not know what’s in store for me 5 years down the road. I feel my current job has a lot potential for growth and I can hone my craft as an administrative professional. I also don’t want to discount the fact that I have 18 years of experience of being a professional chef.
There are associations I could join to be more involved in each respective field. As a chef, I can join the Chef’s Association – BC Chapter. They do many events such as food shows, competitions, as well as volunteering to cook and feed the needy. I think being involved that way can help me build a strong case for passion within the culinary field. As an administrative professional, I could join the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals). Like the Chef’s Association, the IAAP holds many events, as well as conferences to network and develop within the field. If I wanted to have more of a credential, there is a designation sponsored by the IAAP called the CAP (Certified Administrative Professional) where there is a prerequisite, preparation for, and the completion of an extensive exam. This designation would be useful to show I am a serious about being an administrative professional.
The most important thing for me at the moment is to finish the PIDP. I think I will have a great sense of accomplishment having finished the program, and I also believe that it may be useful in the future. You never know when you’ll come across that next fork in the road, so it’s better to be prepared.