Nicole Goossens "I feel happy doing what I love – I feel complete”

02 Apr 2015

There has been a BIG change in Nicole Goossens since we first interviewed her. Not only has she now finished her Diploma in Culinary Arts and been employed full time to the point where she is now hiring Waiariki graduates, her pride and happiness levels have gone through the roof.

Starting part-time at her local Robert Harris Cafe at the end of her first year at Waiariki's Tokoroa campus, her role then grew to the point she only had one day off.

“It was a good snowball effect because I got to learn the ropes. Some days I’d do course three days a week then I’d work here three days a week. Now I’m the head of the kitchen.”

The multi-tasking pro admits having two kids meant that it was hard to split her time between her family, assignments, class and working, but says she is glad she did it. A feat she was able to pull off due to tutor Peter Skelton’s help.

“Peter goes into great detail, even when teaching us the little stuff. His lessons on how a kitchen routine should be has helped me so much. Especially for food safety. Still now if I have a question I know I can contact Pete and he’ll still find time to help me out. He’s really good like that. He’s a great teacher.”

Still chasing her dream of owning a food truck, Nicole is happy that her classmates have all kept in touch and often drop in for a coffee.

“I’ve actually got someone that I did my course with to come into the kitchen and work with me. She has been here three weeks now.

“It feels good to have achieved my goal," Nicole continues."I didn’t want to be one of those people who did a course, then finished and was like ‘now what’? I am just grateful and lucky that I had the opportunity to get my foot in the door here early on. I’m just really loving life right now I just feel so happy that I am doing what I love – I feel complete.”

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