The food service industry is a haven for students, stay-at-home parents and even retirees.
However, there are also a lot folks working within the food industry whom toil for years working in entry-level positions, because they lack the training, education, and/or other skillsets necessary for career advancement.
Below are five ways to maximize your career in the food service industry:
- Learn the food service industry inside and out: Read books, scour online resources, listen to podcasts and/or watch television shows about the food service industry. These tools will enable you to decide which direction to take your food service industry career. It may also be possible to use your skillset to start your own entrepreneurial skill set in the food service industry. In addition, your wealth of knowledge about the industry can help transition into an administrative career working for a restaurant’s corporate office or a food service vendor.
- Obtain degree(s) and/or certification(s): Take advantage of any and all certification classes being offered by your employer or attend them on your own dime. Also, many colleges and universities offer degree programs related to the food service industry. In addition, it also possible to maximize your food service industry career with non-food service related degrees. For example, someone with a degree in Accounting, Business, and/or Finance could concentrate on the commercial aspects of the food service industry. An Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations degree holder could focus on the sales and brand building within the food service industry.
- Develop an administrative skillset: Heating up your food service industry career will require that you develop administrative skillsets. Become proficient in word processing and database management software, enhance your communication skills by joining a public speaking group, such as Toastmasters International, brush up on your writing and grammar skills. The public library, Youtube.com, and Google are excellent free resources that will help you to further develop your administrative skillsets.
- Share your expertise with the world: Start a blog or podcast discussing both local and global issues relevant to the food service industry. Additionally, you could also use your blog and/or podcast to interview other food service industry professionals about their knowledge and experiences.
- Network with other food service industry professionals: Join a Meetup.com or Facebook group for food service industry professionals. If there is not one in your area, then, start one. Also, become an active member of your local restaurant association. Volunteer to work in the kitchen for charity events. Bring a cheerful attitude, willingness to work, and of course some business cards to hand out to colleagues.