The Career Services department can support you as a student, and an alumni in planning your career and future.
During your study, one to one appointments can be made to gain assistance in:
- CV writing and self-marketing,
- job searching,
- interview preparation,
- general career decision help.
The highest quality guidance and resources are provided such as CV outlines, cover letter templates and portfolio examples. CV’s and letters are individually checked by the Career Services Manager, and suggestions and feedback provided to best highlight your attributes to industry.
Career guidance and job searching help does not stop once you graduate, the team will continue to support you as an alumni, and help you gain relationships with local, national, and international employers where ever possible.
Why sit in a classroom when real-world chefing experience can be gained completing an internship on the Diplôme Avancé Culinaire (level 5) programme. The internships in the final 10 weeks of advanced culinary course which then allows you to continue working if a job offer is made (acquiring the Post-study work visa (open). The experience prepares you for the vibrant, fast-paced hospitality industry by consolidating your practical and theoretical knowledge.
Le Cordon Bleu Career Management department assists you to identify and secure an appropriate placement and readies you for the internship experience. This includes developing professionalism, interview and presentation skills as well as CV preparation. The Career Services Manager monitors the interns through regular visits for national placements and regular electronic contact with the student and their industry supervisor if international. The department also manages all aspects of professional and personal support for students during their internship
The internships are set in advanced culinary establishments, both in New Zealand and internationally, with industry-leading reputations for gastronomic excellence and creative thinking. The internship provides you with a well-rounded understanding of theoretical concepts, matched to advance commercial culinary preparation making you work ready and an ideal candidate for employment.
Industry relationships and networks
The career services team have a strong relationship with the industry both local, nationally and internationally. Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand students can be found in industry roles around New Zealand in places such as Auckland, Taupo, Napier, Hastings, Wairarapa, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, but also opportunities exist more further afield in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Tonga and Fiji (if required, visa application is your responsibility).
Volunteering is a valuable activity to build your industry networks, and professional reputation. Throughout the year the career services team offer a number of volunteer opportunities, not only around the school but also for events such as Wellington on a Plate, Toast Martinborough, charity functions and providing extra staff for our local hospitality industry and the French Embassy when required. Undertaking volunteer work provides you real-life paced kitchen and service experience, invaluable to improve your pace, communication skills, and making you more appealing to an employer.
As well as the internship on the level 5 programme there are other opportunities for industry exposure and work based learning at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. The Career services department are involved in the degree programme as it incorporates several different industry involved activities which leads to the completion of certain courses.
- Front of house experience gained in two different types of restaurants in the Food and Beverage Operations and Service Paper.
- Guest speakers from local businesses regularly attend classes to speak about their area of expertise to enhance the learning experience.
- Student often visit local industry to see practical examples of theoretical approaches learned at school.
- Hands on practice in volume catering in a real industry environment.
- The Co Operative Education capstone project is a chance for the student to put into practice what they have learnt during the previous two and a half years study. It allows students work with an industry client to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in culinary arts and practice, and culinary business, in a supervised but real world situation.
The Career services department cannot guarantee you a job once you graduate but with becoming involved in industry, completing internships, volunteering, or part time work experience while studying you would have gained experience to put on your CV, initiated a relationship with industry, and have started to build your future career network. All this makes you better placed for full time employment and an ambassador for the world of gastronomy!