The cold breeze in the air, the shorter days longer nights always take me back in time. It always makes me wanna reminisce about the past. My previous corporate job, my job at the famous beverage Company and of course my first job as an assistant in UNICEF. All of them had variety, weather it be sales or desk work but there was one specific thing I clearly remembered from all of them, something that always lingers every time I look back: All of them had HR interviews that asked me the question “where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” I knew early on that my career path was leading to the food industry, having both sides of my family blessed with natural kitchen talents however I always have this answer to all my interviewers, “I see myself having a restaurant five years from now” then I sigh. Long pause. I just realized in most of my interviews how I’m going to do that.
One of the jobs that I had taught me the value of how to present myself. Which in most case, does not happen for me on a day to day basis. Sweating in our hot kitchen with the oven on does not give me room to wear my stilettos and still permit me to move quickly without tripping. Most of the time I see myself in my “artist outfit” shirt, shorts or jeans and flats plus my hair in a bun (sanitary reasons). I would not dare wear heels and deliver those cakes – they’re heavy. One of those jobs on the other hand taught me the skills in dealing with clients. People are fickle minded most the time but to avoid that, we do revisions and final cake design 5 days ahead of time (to all of you who are starting to make cakes for clients this is key) – and you should STICK TO IT! So you can start the cake toppers, etc ahead of time and not rushing things from last minute decisions. Cake makers enemy is always time, you can never have enough of it when making cakes.
Looking back at all those jobs I went through, I find myself making cakes day after day in my own baking kitchen. I had absolutely no idea how I was going to A. Bake a cake and B. have someone actually pay me for it. I was a just Marketing student who loved cakes but had no idea how to even turn the gas oven on. But now I get it, if you have enough passion that can turn into action, that’s when it happens. All of us have something that we love doing (or eating in my case).