I got offered a job!
To be honest, it didn’t come as a big surprise when I sat down with the chef-owner last week before the end of my two month stage. The chef de cuisine had told me when I made the switch to patisserie that I could ask for a permanent position if I wanted, but it all still feels a bit crazy to me. Although it seems like a no brainer, I actually had a tough time deciding whether or not I really wanted the job. The stage exceeded my expectations and I did more than I ever thought I would, but I felt like maybe there wasn’t that much more to learn. I had already taken over the pastry position completely and working by myself. I always imagined my first job to be under somebody as an assistant, being taught and formed everyday by a more experienced cook, not working alone. But life never turns out the way I imagine it to be…and usually things end up for the better. I decided to take the job because an opportunity like this doesn’t come easily. It’s really rare for a stage to turn into a job, as many places don’t want to sponsor visas for foreigners. I know I’m extremely lucky and despite all my reasonings, it seemed like a huge mistake not to take the offer. As soon as it was all decided, I felt a huge sense of relief and content. It’s not going to be an easy road, work wise and visa wise (I’ve heard that it’s nearly impossible to change a visa status to travail right now even if all the paperwork is in order), but we’ll see where it goes. I’m excited and nervous and a little bit scared, but I have a few weeks before I start again, so lots of rest and sleep is in order until then!!!