"I graduated in June 2000 with a BA(Hons) in Hospitality Management with Tourism. During my degree I did work experience at a hotel in London for 13 months in various departments. Although I have always been interested in catering, it was during my time in London that I realised that I would like to follow a career as a chef.
"Due to my financial situation after university I thought it best to get a job in another field first that pays well. I am currently working in London as a migration consultant and have been doing so for almost a year now. My father is a chef at home in Ireland and I have worked under his supervision during school holidays etc since I was 12. I would love to become a chef one day, but I think it is now time that I started to gain more experience in catering and hopefully undertake training/education as a chef, possibly on a day-release from work.
"Do you know any employers that do this or where I can look for any help in this matter? I will be looking to work in southern or northern Ireland."
What the expert says
Ian Hall, director of human resources, Aramark