Sharing session by the SYB graduates with the students
On March 14th evening, a few weeks after the start of the second semester, 7 of the SYB graduates came to the school to meet the current SYB students and share their experience. Having graduated from different batches, between the 1st in 2010 and the 7th in 2015, each of them had a different story to tell: from the difficulties met during their internship or classes at SYB, to the joys of seeing their own progress, times they wanted to give up and how they have found the strength to persevere, and how each of them has now become a successful baker, to finding their very own career path in the industry.
Here are some of the advice they shared with the students:
“I realized that most of the problems I met during my internship were due to miscommunication, or should I say, lack of communication with my Chef. Slowly I started to open myself to him and my team, and the Chef realized that I really wanted to learn even though I was not showing it in the first place because I was scared of making mistakes”, says Xiao Wang, graduate from the 4th batch.
“One day my Chef told me he could teach me anything I wanted if I had the thirst to learn, so every day, I was not only finishing my own tasks but always asked around if I could help my colleagues. It is really important to do more and show your motivation, this is when people are most willing to teach you”, says Xiao Zhang，graduate from the 2nd batch.
“I have one piece of advice to share with you all: whenever you leave a work place, it is extremely important to keep a good relationship with your Chef and leave in mutual respect and trust. You never know whom your next Chef will be and it is always useful to be recommended by someone who has worked with you before”, says Xiao Li, graduate from the 7th batch.
“Yes it is tough, yes you need to get up early every day and carry heavy bags of flour, but the skill that you are current learning is priceless and will be useful for your whole life” says Xiao Liu, graduate from the 1st batch.
After that, the Young Bakers reflected on their first semester with smiles: what used to take them 4-5 hours to make now only takes them an hour, what a huge progress! They now are able to read all the ingredients and recipes in English and have started to set very high standards for their own products, under the guidance of their teachers. But there is still a lot to learn and a very short time to make the most out of the time spent with their two amazing teachers: Zhang Shuai and Jin Huizi. And, the good news is that in the bakery world, you do not stop learning day after day, year after year, as the industry is constantly developing itself and the job opportunities multiplying very fast!
At SYB we are very glad and proud to keep tight relationships with our graduates, currently 154 in total, and I would like to thank them very much for making time to come to the school share their experience with the students, but also for coming back regularly to help our program!
Emilie, Program Director