Work experience with delicious magazine

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Work experience with delicious magazine

Hetty Gullifer is put to work at popular foodie mag Delicious

I am a work experience junkie. People can always tell you about the world of work. They can tell you that despite the long hours nothing beats the adrenaline rush of working in a restaurant. They can tell you catering is all about meticulous planning and that extra touch to make your client feel special. But you’ll never know what a job is truly like until you've experienced it. Just for a week or two. So it wasn't my first work experience placement when I went to work for a week at Delicious magazine. It wasn't my first food magazine placement; so I already had an idea of how the structure of the magazine would work. Generally there are 3 or 4 full time staff dedicated to working in the food team who do a mixture of research, recipe development, recipe testing and article writing. The wider magazine team includes feature writers, editors, graphic designers, advertising and online teams, not to mention the freelance food writers and contributors. There are so many aspects of the business that you are never bored. On that basis, I had no idea what I would be doing when I turned up Monday morning to the office.

As an intern you expect the dogsbody jobs. I am always happy making tea. Just soaking up the atmosphere of the workplace at least gives you a feel of what it would be like to have that job. But from the moment I entered the Delicious office, I was given recipes to test. For some reason they trusted me… It was both exhilarating and scary; there's nothing that encourages you to knuckle down and work your hardest like someone putting faith in you. While I can't give any details about what I actually tested; (I signed a non-disclosure agreement, you'll have  to read the June edition for that) I can say that it tested my knowledge of a wide variety of techniques I'd learnt on the diploma course. Would I have been able to handle lining a tart case perfectly when thrown at me on the second day if we hadn't practised several times at school? Would I have been able to fill in cooking times for pan-fried mackerel if I hadn't perfected the art in last terms exam? Would I have trusted my egg poaching skills as someone who had only used a plastic egg poacher before the course? #guiltyconfession. 

Of course there were a few tense moments. Let's just say I wasn't proud of a stupid mistake I made whilst helping out with a photo shoot. (Yes they are as exciting as they sound and I can attest that the dishes both look and taste as good in real life as they look in the photos.) But that is the beauty of work experience. Employers don't expect you to be perfect, that's the gamble they take when they let you come along. It's a bonus if you turn out to be any good, often you're more of a hindrance than a help. What they do expect is that you work as hard as you can and are willing and quick to learn. 

That's why I love work experience. By the end of the week you are generally a million times better than when you started, you've learnt a hell of a lot and hopefully you've impressed someone. You know whether the job is right for you or not and you feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. And who knows, one time someone might offer you a job, it only needs to happen once. Here's hoping.

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