How life can change in the blink of an eye! On the day of my last blog post, I received a phone call from an "employment agency for apprentice chefs" place that I registered with ages ago, asking me if I was still looking for a pastry apprenticeship. That was a Friday afternoon, I had an interview on Saturday morning, and I started my new job at 321 Patisserie (http://321p.com.au/) in Argenton the following Monday, and then the Monday after that was my long-awaited first day at TAFE.
Even though I've been apprenticeship-hunting for almost a year, when it finally happened, it happened so suddenly I barely had time to think... we had to re-shuffle day care and find a second car ASAP. Going straight into full-time work after four years at home with the kids was tiring to say the least, and I also had a cake to do during the first week. But I got through it, and by half-way through the second week we'd found another car, which made life MUCH easier.
- Kylie Skellams
- Newcastle, NSW, Australia
- I’m a former industrial chemist, and after deciding on a career change while at home with my two young children, I’m now a qualified pastry chef. In 2009 I started taking some classes in cake decorating and other pastry-related cookery, and taught myself many more decorating techniques from books and internet resources. In 2010 I started a pastry apprenticeship, studying Retail Baking (Cake & Pastry) Certificate III at TAFE, which I completed with Distinction in 2012. I completed my apprenticeship in December 2013, and am now working as a full time Pastry chef and Cake Decorator at 'Exquisite Cakes by Lennert' in Cessnock, NSW.