As we finish off one year and prepare to start the next, it’s a good time to think about what your career goals are for the next 12 months and beyond. Whether you are starting out in the workforce, looking for a new challenge, or wanting more work life balance, there are multiple opportunities right here on the Mornington Peninsula.

Here are 7 ideas for a new career in 2017:

  1. Embrace your passion for food

One of the most highly sought after employees on the Mornington Peninsula are chefs. Whether that is an apprentice chef, a chef de parti, a sous chef or head chef, we love them and want more of them! If you love to cook and have a passion for local produce, consider cooking as your career change.

  1. Heal people with spa and wellness

With emerging developments surrounding spa and wellness, now is a great time to consider spa and massage therapy as your next career. Massage is an excellent source of stress reduction and when you train to become a massage therapist, you have the ability to relieve the stress of every person you work with. Not only that, but you get to work in a relaxing, calm, and serene environment.   

  1. Take pride in creating beautiful spaces

As many of our tourism businesses are set amongst acres of landscaped gardens, there is always a position for people with a passion for gardening. Being a groundskeeper, you get to enjoy the outdoors while taking pride in tending the land for aesthetic and functional purposes. You have the opportunity to learn about climate, soil, foliage, insects, flowers, trees and grass all in a peaceful and pleasant environment.

  1. Learn a new kind of brew

Being a barista is no longer the thing you do just to get your way through school; it’s a respected, full time profession with passionate, smart, and dedicated people. Making a coffee is an art and a science, a barista needs to understand the volatility of their ingredients, taste the coffee and adjust the grind and extraction as required. If you have a passion for coffee, have great people skills, and attention to detail, perhaps this is the career for you.

  1. Create the perfect experience

Starting your career in food and beverage is the perfect role for people who have a love for the intricacies of wine paired perfectly with food and the overall experience of a location. Dining is about the experience, so the entire team you work with must sync together to deliver a consistent quality service each and every day. Working within a restaurant, café, or winery, you have the ability to start at the bottom, work hard, show initiative and progress to a senior position. 

  1. Become an industry leader

There are a multitude of career options available within the peninsulas impressive array of hotels. Whether you are interested in customer service, finance, human resources, marketing, IT, sales, events, management or anything in between, the opportunity is here. If you want to work within a culture that takes pride in maintaining the highest of standards and believes in customer service excellence, you will be rewarded with a working environment that takes pride in developing future industry leaders.

  1. Live a life of adventure

If you like a little adventure in your life and enjoy the outdoors, then working with the experts in creating exciting experiences may be the right career for you. Adventure and experience tourism usually stems from building on your own interests in sports and adventure such as surfing, golfing, diving, physical fitness- anything goes. If you are confident, outgoing and patient there are entry level, skilled, and expert positions available across a collection of tourism businesses.