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Most chefs will cook up some­one else’s cre­ation or a tra­di­tional meal, such as a steak with sides. Menu devel­op­ment chefs, how­ever, cre­ate the food that ap­pears on the menu, choos­ing the pro­duce that will be in­volved, flavours their cus­tomers will savour, and ap­pear­ance of the meal, to suit the style of the es­tab­lish­ment.

To be em­ployed, chefs typ­i­cally need to do an ap­pren­tice­ship and gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try.

Of­ten head chefs will be in­volved in menu devel­op­ment but some chefs will spe­cialise only on cre­at­ing the menu and will not work gen­eral cook­ery shifts.


Suc­cess­ful ac­tors gen­er­ally can­not be taught to be great, how­ever, they can do cour­ses to hone their skills. NIDA Open gives peo­ple aged two years and over the chance to ac­cess its world-renowned train­ing meth­ods through short cour­ses, hol­i­day classes and part-time stu­dio cour­ses.

It helps chil­dren and adults ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity in one day, or up to four weeks.

NIDA Open head Tri­cia Ryan says screen act­ing, au­di­tion and screen test, and drama school are among the school hol­i­day cour­ses held in Bris­bane this sum­mer.

“Our ex­pe­ri­enced tu­tors en­sure each course caters to the var­ied artis­tic in­ter­ests and ex­pe­ri­ences of their stu­dents, while en­abling them to ap­pre­ci­ate ea­chother’s dif­fer­ences,” she says. “Ex­plor­ing cre­ativ­ity through per­for­mance prac­tice has plenty of ben­e­fits be­yond a per­form­ing arts ca­reer, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing mem­ory, self-con­fi­dence, de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and the abil­ity to work with oth­ers.”

Visit or sum­mer for more de­tails


Go­ing on hol­i­day for work is many a worker’s dream – even if it is some­one else’s hol­i­day.

A vo­ca­tional cer­tifi­cate in tourism can be stud­ied but most travel or­gan­i­sa­tions are more in­ter­ested in hir­ing some­one who has knowl­edge about a re­gion, is friendly and out­go­ing, and who does not mind be­ing on the road for days or weeks at a time.

Se­nior first aid skills also are a pre­req­ui­site, while for some com­pa­nies a heavy ve­hi­cle li­cence to drive a bus, 4WD ex­pe­ri­ence or abil­ity to op­er­ate an­other mode of trans­port may be re­quired.

In some cases, be­ing flu­ent in a for­eign lan­guage may be re­quired or an ad­van­tage.

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