Leiths Diploma: the final week!

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Leiths Diploma: the final week!

​Only a few days left and it is the end of the Diploma for the class of 2015. Was it the right decision for Flo?

When people ask me ‘Are you sad Leiths is nearly over?’, I only have one response – when did I get a chance to even realise?! This year FLEW BY. It really is a ‘blink and you miss it’ situation. So the idea that in a handful of days I won’t be writing time plans any more (secret YAY, it has to be said) or ironing whites (…occasionally) or eating ridiculous food for lunch (foie gras parfait anyone?) just hasn’t lodged in my mind. It’s gone so quickly, I still feel like I’m in first term!

The entire course has been one of the best decisions of my life. I’m sure many of my colleagues and course mates share the feeling I had that before I signed up for the diploma, I felt really lost. I had graduated, but had no job, I loved food but didn’t necessarily know how to make a career of it – all a bit of a mess. But a couple weeks into training, it was all so much clearer. There was a structure – of each day, and of your life beyond and outside the school. Services to help with careers and work experience, contacts for temporary private cheffing jobs, social events that have an almost congregational feel (The Duchess pub on Fridays goes without question now).

And on top of all that, I’ve met some people I’ll never forget and certainly not lose touch with. I hate soppy stuff so I won’t dwell too
much on this but suffice to say if you spend 8 hours a day, for 9 months with people, you’re going to get to know them PRETTY well which has been one of the best parts of the course for me.

This final term has been all about refinement, skills, presentation and self belief in your abilities, which are attributes most pertinent to 90 people all going back out into a new world of work, looking to make their mark in one way or another. We have the knowledge, we have the support, now it’s time to put it into practice.

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