Qualities and Education of Pastry Chefs and Bakers

Almost everyone loves eating desserts. For those of you that enjoy making them, you should definitely consider becoming a baker and/or pastry chef. In this line of work, you will be creating and making your very own desserts. From candies to cookies, muffins and cakes, there are an endless amount of food items that can be considered pastries. Another great reason to enter this profession, other than the fact that you will be doing something you love, is because you can make good money.

There are many things that you will have to learn to become a successful baker or pastry chef. You will need to join culinary programs. Such programs are large in number. When it comes to locating baking and pastry schools in the US, you can rest assured that you will find one that accommodates your wants and needs. From weekend courses to nighttime classes, you can earn your culinary degree at your own pace.

Qualities of Successful Bakers and Pastry Chefs

It is important that you understand that there are several skills you will need to master as you earn a degree specialization in baking and pastry arts. Such skills include the following:

– Attention to detail: A small change made to a recipe can result in a very favorable dish. On the other hand, the wrong change can result in a recipe becoming completely inedible. As a pastry chef or baker, you must be strongly attentive to detail, always paying attention to what you are doing even while multitasking.

– Stamina: You will likely spend much of your time as a baker or pastry chef on your feet. In fact, in this line of work, it is not uncommon for culinary professionals to be on their feet more than 10 hours a day. To make sure you excel, you will need to be in good physical shape. You must also be willing to get up early in the morning because many pastry and bakery shops start cooking their goodies earlier than 3 a.m. every morning.

– Customer relations: Bakers and pastry chefs who own their own shops will need to have top-notch customer relations skills. From being interpersonal to dealing effectively with customer complaints, a thriving business will only be obtainable if you have people skills.

– Creativity: To be a good baker or pastry chef, you need to be creative with the goodies that you make. From new icing flavors to oddly shaped cookies, being creative will help ensure your success in the culinary industry.

Becoming a Baker or Pastry Chef

There are a couple of paths you can take to obtain a specialization in baking and pastry arts. The first path involves going to baking and pastry schools in US. In doing this, you will join culinary programs, leading to the earning of a culinary arts degree. The second path involves obtaining many years of experience working in the baking and pastry industry. No matter what route you take, there is no undervaluing …

Income From Home: How to Survive a Career Change in the Economy Today

Ahh, working from home. You wake up when you are done sleeping, then enjoy a lovely breakfast at your kitchen table while you sip on coffee and read the paper. While everyone else is stuck in a sea of ​​cars on their way to a fluorescent-lit office building, you embark upon your 30-second (depending on the size of your house) commute down the hall to your office.

Before you give your boss the pink slip and take the big plunge though, take a brief inventory of your tenders and preferences to see if earning income from home truly is your style.

1) Do you want a job or a business?
There is no right or wrong answer here. If you are prefer to be an employee and not the boss, there are plenty of legitimate work-from-home opportunities. If, however, you are ready to break through the glass ceiling that comes with the game of working for somebody else, it may be your time to have your own business.

2) Are you disciplined?
When you work from home, the good news is you are your own boss. The bad news is, you are your own boss. This brings a whole new type of accounting. Nobody is looking over your shoulder to make sure you are doing your job. Discipline, though, is not a natural born talent. You can develop the skills of structuring your time, and staying focused and on task.

3) Do you have time?
The question should really be: Will you set aside time? Most people who start work-from-home endeavors do so on the side, while they still have their day job. I recommend this, in fact, because you avoid putting yourself in a desperate situation. And, depending on the type of business you take on, your job can be a great source of networking! It is entirely possible to build your own business on the side and replace the income from your job in 10-15 focused hours per week. These hours can be found in the nooks and crannies of your days. When you really look, you'll be amazed how much extra time you can find.

4) Do you have an idea or product?
I once hear, "All you need to succeed in business today is one million-dollar idea." Here's the clincher … it does not have to be your idea. If you want to work for yourself, but you do not have a business plan down pat, consider teaming up with an existing company that already has leakage and momentum. A network marketing business may be a great one for you.

5) Do you have a system?
The key to any successful business is having a system. This means the business must be designed to be duplicable so that it can continue to grow without you as the sole cog in the wheel. You can either create a system as you go, or you can plug into an existing system that is proven to achieve results. Leveraging …

Business Planning For College Students and First-Time Entrepreneurs

More and more students, both in undergraduate and graduate institutions, are deciding to launch their own ventures upon graduation rather than taking the traditional route of working for another firm. Likewise, more and more individuals are leaving their jobs to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams.

While these ventures may ultimately be very successful (e.g., Google and Microsoft were both launched by students), they face certain challenges in their business plans and capital raising processes. The foremost challenge is overcoming the lack of experience of the management team. A classis chicken-and-egg problem presents itself – the management team has no past company successes to point to, and can’t prove itself unless given the opportunity to launch the business. While this problem is nearly always the case for graduating students, it also presents itself to many entrepreneurs, particularly those who are launching their first ventures.

To overcome this challenge, these ventures must represent themselves as having a great team by attracting a stellar management team and/or advisors. By attracting a quality management team, even if the team will not start until after financing, it gives investors that confidence that the plan will be properly executed. It also proves that the entrepreneurs have the ability to “sell” others on their vision. The management team need not be complete before seeking capital, since additional members will most likely be added after capital is raised. For instance, shortly after Google raised capital from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omid Kordestani left Netscape to accept a position as vice president of business development and sales, and Urs Hölzle was hired away from UC Santa Barbara as vice president of engineering.

Attracting high-quality advisors builds great credibility since if respected individuals are willing to risk their reputations by taking an advisory position, the venture must have some merit. Advisors can also help with the execution of the business and sometimes will also provide the needed capital. In Google’s case, when no major portal was interested in partnering with or funding the company, Larry Page and Sergey Brin were able to convince Andy Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, to become an advisor and investor. Bechtolsheim contributed the initial $100,000 to the company.

Even if the venture is able to attract quality management teams and advisors, it will always be at a disadvantage versus other ventures headed by entrepreneurs who have “been there, done that” successfully in the past. To compensate for this, these ventures must really know their customers, know their market and know their competition. By possessing an in depth knowledge of the external factors that will effect the company’s success, the entrepreneurs can both create a solid business strategy and convince investors that an opportunity really exists. If the opportunity truly exists, then investors know that even if the venture is initially mismanaged, then they can hire additional managers later to put it back on course.

In summary, when students or first time entrepreneurs, begin developing their business strategies and plans, …

A Good Choice For Home Education – Online Home Schooling

Many parents today make home schooling their choice method of educating their children. There are numerous benefits a child can enjoy. Often a parent decides that their child would excel much better or faster than being taught at home while receiving their undivided attention. Sometimes, children who may have had difficulty in learning or other significant problems in school, will be much more successful being taught at home by one of the parents.

If you are trying to decide if such method of study is right for you and your child, rest assured that there are unlimited courses available on the internet that contain curriculum from grades second through twelve. A good example of this is the Global Student Network. There are more than eighty courses available. All the class material that your child will require, is presented through the internet and they'll have the finest libraries, museums and informative sites in the world at their disposal.

Home Schooling Curriculum

The course of study for internet home schooling is flexible and changeable, and also very interactive. The curriculum is always kept current with the latest and pertinent material. The lessons which are offered online, essentially encourage reading, but assist the child to psychoanalyze, conceive and then vocalize their ideas. Online access is twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year. It is completely internet secure, and congruous with all internet characteristics including parental mastery.

Numerous American families residing overseas, choose online home schooling as an educational option for their children. Because the total realistic courses of study are from grades two to twelve, the option of classes in the syllabus, may offer much more diversity than in a local school. Some of the available online home school materials, are very cost-effective and all-inclusive.

The Advantages

One of the biggest advantages is time. You decide your schedule and the hours your child will be in a school room setting. Through the online school mentioned previously, the 80 courses are for one calendar school year. This would be available three-hundred and sixty-five days a year, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This curriculum offers many features so that each child can have an individualized learning plan. Likewise, at the same time, according to the needs of each student, the curriculum can also be customized for the appropriate subject and grade level which is normally taught in the public school system.

Audio And Video Help With Home Schooling

Some of the best features for online home schooling are the audio and video components. The audio component is able to read texts to students and show video clips for many of the courses. The curriculum is absolutely web-based and is delivered entirely through the internet. No CDs or books are required. The material also may not be downloaded.

The courses offered for online home schooling stick to strict regulations presented by the National Curriculum standards and are presented in a way that they will be of benefit to all learning styles, …

The Science Behind Modeling Success in MLM

Have ever gotten tongue tied or been at a loss for words when talking about your business or prospecting somebody? This is probably a dumb question because at some time or another this has happened to us all.

One of the easiest ways to get in the right mindset and prevent this from occurring is to prepare as if you were the CEO or one of the top producers. For this to actually work it needs to be somebody that you have a certain degree of familiarity with. You do not need to know them personally, but maybe you've listened to their training material over and over, maybe you've read their autobiography or maybe you've heard them speak at corporate events several times. Yes this may sound odd but try it and you will find a couple things happening.

What happens is that when you are in unknown territory and your mind is searching for what to say or do you typically default back to your own knowledge and experiences which obviously do not contain the right answer because they are what got you to the unknown territory .

When you maintain the mindset of "what would the CEO do," you will find yourself instantly remembering the advice they have on stage, in the training material or book in which you got to be familiar with them.

Before long you will find that their words will become your own because in having used them they are now a part of your own base of knowledge and experience.

And one more tip on the topic of modeling after others. Are you also willing to model their commitment? Let me make that a bit more clear: are you willing to put your credit on the line for the company, products and opportunity? I assure you that your CEO and top income earners are! …

Career Shift: From Office-Based Employee to Full Time Virtual Assistant Freelancer

Work is necessary, especially when you are the breadwinner in your family. You treat your job as the only source of income that even the slightest mistake can jeopardize your employment. Even conflicts with your co-employees, especially your supervisors pose a threat. I have worked in both office-based setup and as a virtual assistant and have dozens of reasons why I chose to work as a full-time virtual assistant freelancer. But here are my top 4 reasons why I decided home-based over office-based employment.

Traffic in the city – Reporting to work

Office-Based

On a daily basis, I have to allow 5 hours for commuting due to traffic. If my work scheduled is at 8 am, I need to start commuting by 6 am. Waking up in the morning feels frustrating. It’s like dragging yourself to prepare for work. And when you are all set and ready to go, you see a lot of people like you waiting for a ride. It feels like you’re into an action movie when rushing to ride a jeepney because everyone is in a hurry. But when I get a spot, I usually sleep while commuting (Hello! It’s Davao City) so I get to rest for a bit.

Virtual Assistant

There is no need for me to wake up too early for the job. There’s no need for me to allow 2 hours for commuting. My office is literally at home. I just have to take a shower, eat something, and poof! – I can start my work already. No hassle, no frustrations, and no rushing!

Toxic Environment – Social Engagement

Office-Based

You just came in the office from heavy traffic. You are still dripping with sweat and all of a sudden, one of your co-employees is sharing GOSSIPS! To be honest, I am fond of socializing with people, and I enjoy the company of others. In fact, I maintain a regular meeting with my supervisors and talk about parties, team building, summer vacations, etc. What’s frustrating is when you encounter gossips, rumors about somebody inside the company. The environment becomes toxic that keeps me from efficiently working. As leading personnel in the office, you also have to mediate even petty quarrels of employees.

Virtual Assistant

It does not bother me really, and I get to read news and updates from the internet. There’s nobody that will keep you engaged about something you are not interested. If I don’t find an article interesting, I just close it and that’s it!

Compensation and Responsibilities

Office-based

Earning a lot would mean more workload. If you have been receiving more and had better salary package, then you might be the same as ME – with added workload and responsibilities outside of my job description. Working as operations manager mean you work with your supervisors, check reports, update clients and conduct regular/emergency meetings – not ME. I also have to upgrade, and correct parameters fit for the campaign. I also need to do lead management, to ensure better …

Birth Control in Light of Islam and Science

Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. For the last 50 to 60 years, discussion about birth control or population control has increased so much that it has become a discussing point on Television, Radio, Internet and all other various platforms.

Ahmad and Abu Dawood reported on the authority of Ma'qil Ibn Yasar (May Allah be pleased with him) who narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) and said:

"I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. He said: "No." He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you."

This Hadith indirectly calls to abstaining from birth control and similar practices.

Consequences of Birth Control Methods on Mother's Health

It has been scientifically established that the use of birth control methods has dire consequences on the mother's health. The woman's reproductive system controls a group of reproductive hormones secreted from the frontal lobe of the pituitary gland and the ovary. In the normal state, these hormones are produced in measured degrees. Any increase or decrease in this could lead to illness. Here, medical scientists admit that all contracepts adversely affect their users. This is the result of many researchers carried out in this regard. Some of the dire consequences of using contracepts are as follows:

1. Imbalance of body hormones

2. Gaining weight and fluid retention in the body.

3. Severe infection in the woman's reproductive system.

4. Increase in vulnerability to fatal heart attacks for those who are over thirty, more so for those who are over forty.

Death of a women who took Contraceptive Tablets

News agencies once reported the case of a British woman who died as result of using contraceptive tablets. She had been using the tablets known as Valdan for eight years before changing to another known as Mithoclore on medical advice. After a few weeks of the change, she fell ill and became bed-ridden. Later, her health deteriorated and she died.

Lately, it was established that the use of contraceptives especially tablets can lead to some cases of cancer.

The Most Balanced Advice

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had wanted to prohibit breastfeeding a child if the mother became pregnant he had not known that the Romans were doing so. This is because such breastfeeding could harm the suckling and inhibit the infant's growth.

If we ponder deeply over this Prophet guidance, we would realize that the space between one pregnancy and another takes three years, especially if we go back to Allah's statement:

"The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling." (Soorah Al-Baqarah 2: 233)

We …

The Fighter’s Career Path

People always have the liberty to choose whatever they want in life. However, some simple choices that seem to have uncertain consequences confuse us. If these options all bear good benefits, then it is even harder for one to choose. This analogy applies to the idea of choosing one’s martial arts discipline. With so many disciplines to choose from, how could one find a satisfying pick? This article will help you in what you are looking for.

The main reason as to why people have the difficulty in deciding on a certain discipline is because, just like everything else, they don’t have in depth knowledge about martial arts. In this article, we will give you categories that will help you decide.

Speed and Agility:

This is an important aspect of combat, or rather this is one categories for choosing a certain discipline. Speed pertains to the ability of a person to deliver strikes and movements that are not easy to intercept, while agility pertains to the ability to dodge strikes from an opponent. In this area, it is ideal for a person to be a lightweight and to be very active. Known martial arts disciplines that emphasize speed and agility are the following:

• Wing Chun Kung Fu

• Karatedo

• Shaolin Kung Fu

• Taekwondo

Power and Endurance:

This is another important aspect of fighting and among the categories a person should base his or her choice. Power pertains to the ability to deliver strikes that could induce tremendous punishment or overpower an enemy’s strength in grappling, while endurance pertains to the ability to absorb damage thrown by the opponent. In this area, it is ideal for a person to be heavyweight, having a physical built that is bigger than any normal person. Known martial arts disciplines that emphasize power and endurance are the following:

• Muay Thai

• Boxing

• Jiu jitsu

• Graeco-Roman Wrestling

Rhythm and Reflex:

These aspects in martial arts are important as well as considered to be special. A person can determine his or her choice of discipline in this category. Rhythm pertains to the gracefulness and effectiveness of a person’s steps, in terms of delivering attacks and defensive moves. In this area, it is ideal for the person to be flexible. Known martial arts disciplines emphasizing rhythm are the following:

• Tai Chi Chuan

• Capoeira

• Penkak Silat

Reflex, however, pertains to the special ability of a person to intercept attacks and find or create an opening to deliver a counter-attack. In this area, a person does not require specific physical attribute, therefore, applicable to any person regardless of the size or weight. Known martial arts disciplines emphasizing reflex skill are the following:

• Aikido

• Escrima/Arnis

• Marines CQC

The specific martial disciplines mentioned here are only among the examples worth looking, based on their popularity. But there are many other forms similar to these and it is good to identify them in the particular category given above.…

Career as a Motor Home Delivery Person

Did you know if you love to travel or want a job driving for a living that you can make money delivering motorhomes? It is true. And it makes sense for those who love to drive but do not want to deal with people like they would if they were driving a bus, taxi cab, limousine or coach. Of course you could get a job as a truck driver too, but delivering motorhomes is nice because they are usually new or very nice.

How much do they pay you? Well often if you drive one across country you can make $ 2500 or so and they pay for the gas and pay you 40% up front so you can buy fuel have some cash and then get paid the rest when you drop it off. And best of all many people get to drive some very nice vehicles and they give you money for a return airline ticket.

Of course most pocket this money and find a motorhome to drive back the other way and get paid going both ways. So they can make $ 5,000 per two weeks driving each way. And still have plenty of time once they get back to enjoy their own home until they need some more money. What kinds of people take these jobs? Well people with good driving records who are not afraid to travel and enjoy the open road of course. Consider this in 2006. …

If You Plan on a Career in Public Speaking, Take Notes on Your Audience

When given the opportunity to speak, most people are so concerned with their material and delivery, that little, if any, consideration is given to their audience. After finishing your speech or presentation, take notes on your audience and how receptive they were as well as your specific topic. Keeping this information updated in a program on your computer will do much to add to your success in public speaking.

Should your delivery skills be dynamic and your material insightful, there is a very good chance that you will be invited back especially if you have several topics on your roster. While it probably will not be for another year or two, having this information at your fingertips will be to your advantage. Without it, you may find yourself in a situation similar to If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium ! Just ask any singer on tour where they were 2 days prior after having been on the road for 6 weeks.

Your audience is your reason for speaking. Your invitation to give a presentation or a speech, whether it is your first time or your 5th, is to satisfify their needs. Therefore, knowing your audience in advance is the best way their needs will be met.

Let's say, for example, that you are invited to address an audience composed of corporate businessmen in their 50's. How you speak to that audience will be quite different than were you addressing a female audience of cancer survivors. And, a mixed audience of managers for a beer company, for example, will not be the same as a mixed audience of buyers for Lord and Taylor. How you address each of these groups will vary.

Having the knowledge of whether your audience was receptive or cold can make your return that much easier. While addressing a warm audience is truly a joy, being able to bring a cold audience into the fold, so to speak, takes more work and a slightly different approach. Knowing just that little bit of information in advance can make your return engagement that much more successful.

Another benefit is that you can draw on your audience from the past when addressing the same audience a year or so later. This helps create both a familiarity and an intimate, both of which are so very important in public speaking.

One of the best public speaking tips I have learned is to keep my notepad open and to jot down particulars about the audience after leaving the auditorium, hotel or conference center. Try it – you will be glad you did. …