Master Chef - A Career OverviewWritten by Liz Smith
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Becoming certified is important because it provides documentation and proof of your skills and gives you a competitive advantage when job-hunting. There is a growing trend among many restaurants, chains, hotels, and other culinary service providers to hire only certified chefs, and many employers offer incentives and financial assistance to encourage their employees to advance professionally through certification.
A passion for food is most important characteristic for any aspiring chef, but being a chef is a complex job that includes not only cooking, but also managing kitchen staff and a business. As a result, for most people path to becoming a CMC begins with a culinary arts degree. The best starting point for aspiring chefs is generally an associate's or bachelor's degree in culinary arts from a community college, 4-year college, or culinary institute. These degrees generally combine cooking courses with classes in business and personnel management, nutrition, and other subjects designed to improve not only your culinary talents, but also your business acumen and management skills, traits just as important to your future success as a true Master Chef.
Liz Smith writes about culinary schools for culinary-school-finder.com
Liz Smith is Editor-in-Chief of Trouve Publishing.
Mid Life Crisis, Life Transitions, & Ontological CoachingWritten by Robert Wummer
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It is well known that our results have a great deal to do with our actions or lack of actions. What is less clear is that our actions themselves have to do with observer that we are or way we “see things”. We tend to think we observe reality as it is but what we really are observing is reality as we observe it. Each individual has his or her own way of observing and thus each has his or her own interpretation of reality. What this means is if we constrain ourselves to our own observations then we are limiting sphere of future possibilities to what we deem as reality. We become caught in drift of life. When we reach intersections, such as a mid life crisis or life transition, we are blocked by our own transparent actions or habits. We then become trapped or stuck in our own interpretations. What we deem capable of producing as future action becomes limited. As you can see there is nothing necessarily psychologically wrong, our self or being is intact, it is just limited by our language, which includes our power of observation and development of future possibilities through speaking and listening.
Why then does this make ontological coaching more effective than traditional coaching, especially in long run? The answer lies in ability to expand coachee’s interpretations and therefore their future possibilities and opportunities. Ontologically we claim that observer or self of each individual is comprised of three elements, our language, our emotions and moods, and our physical presence (both biological and postural). By working within sphere of these three elements and, in particular, expanding domain of our language ontological coach can shift observer and self of his coachee. The result is not just goals that are more effective and efficient, but ones that are expanded to contain new possibilities and opportunities never thought possible by individual.
Robert Wummer of http://IntersectionsCoaching.com is an ontological coach who specializes in life’s transitional times and the intersection (or collision) of an individual’s personal and professional goals. His work is extremely effective in the development of integral leadership practices.