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"We’re always growing and changing so don’t give up on your dream – it will happen,"
Sonja spent her life working hard, getting by week to week and raising her family. But in the back of her mind she never gave up on her dream to become a patisserie baker.
And, at 40, she decided the time was right to go for it.
“I wanted to re-skill myself and I’ve always had a passion for food,” says Sonja.
Her first step was a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and this year she’s completing a Certificate III in Retail Bakery. And because there’s always more to learn, Sonja plans on completing her Certificate IV in Patisserie in 2019 and finally reaching her long held goal.
“It’s just the beginning and I feel like I have so much more to learn,” says Sonja.
She encourages people who are considering a career change to pursue their dreams and make a change if they’re unhappy.
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What job opportunities could a cookery or wine course lead to?
A cooking and wine course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from cooking in a fast-paced, michelin starred restaurant to recommending the best wines from around the world as a knowledgeable sommelier.
Qualifications in cooking and wine can lead to a job as a chef, sous chef, catering manager, sommelier, wine grape grower or a bar attendant. The average weekly salary for a chef is $950.
Whether you're just starting out in your cooking and wine career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.
TAFE courses in the area include Food Processing, Sommelier Introductory, Commercial Cookery, Kitchen Operations, Retail Baking, Hospitality Management and Wine Industry Operations.