Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My current Career Choices

As part of my English Comp I class i'm required to submit a comparison and contrast paper on two career choices. My choices were food service management and welding. Of course i can only pick one so i contrasted food service with welding to show the radically difference in the nature of the work, education, and the work outlook. This is going to be a 2 part blog, one with my completed essay and one with the results of my grade and my personal opinions of having to write the essay.

Comparison/Contrast essay
3 March 2011
The Best Career
            My whole life I have enjoyed cooking. I can’t think of a time I was happier than in the kitchen. The scent of food I myself have cooked and seeing my meals enjoyed by others is a wonderful feeling. However, in high school shop class I felt the same joy. I loved seeing sparks and the smell of burning metal. By examining the nature of the work, education, and job outlook of a food service manager and a welder, I will be able to choose the perfect career for my future.
            The work of a food service manager and a welder provide different types of job opportunities. The responsibilities for food service managers in a regular restaurant are usually broken down into a team of 3 or more different managers. “A general manager, one or more assistant managers, and an executive chef” make up the food service management in a restaurant. (Bureau, “Food”). The everyday jobs for these positions can very but they all can do basically the same things when needed, or required. The two manager positions can “interview, hire, train, and when necessary fire employees.” They are also in charge of balancing the schedule of work hours for each employee so the restaurant can run smoothly, and call in an alternate if someone doesn’t show for work. Although not required a manager can aid with kitchen duties, and help with the waiting tables as well as other tasks if a lot of people show up at the restaurant.
Welding is a career used primarily shipbuilding, joining steel beams in buildings, and joining pipelines. Welding is called for in “car racing to manufacturing” and is greatly sought after to build any object requiring the joints to be fused(bureau, “welding”.) There are many different techniques used for welding, “over 100 different processes” exist just to fuse metal. The main ways to weld include heli-arc (tig or tungsten inert-gas) welding, mig (metal inert-gas) welding, oxy-fuel (oxygen and choice of fuel), and stick (arc) welding. Each process has its own special uses, but they all have one thing in common, they fuse metal parts together. There are sub groups while classified as welding, they do not use the heat welding does. These two are known as Brazing and soldering. Brazing can be done with the oxy-fuel welding equipment while soldering is done with a soldering gun.
            The education required for a food service manager and a welder is very different.
Food service managers tend to have “less than a bachelor’s degree” while a higher education is preferred by most for a food service manager. Some people seeking managerial duty may seek advanced training and studies at any of the programs dedicated to training food service managers. Most if not all major chain restaurants now have their own training programs to train, give work experience and in a classroom setting. While training from company to company can vary it has been seen that most are trained in “food preparation, nutrition, sanitation, security, company policies and procedures, personnel management, recordkeeping, and preparation of reports” (Bureau, “Food”.) A welder is trained depending on the skill level required for the job. He can learn what he needs from a month of class for low level jobs and spend as much as a few years in school and rigorous practice for very skilled jobs. While the AWS (American Welding Society) grants someone a certificate for completing classes, some companies have set up their own certification program to suit their needs. Employers that offer paid training should not be taken lightly; their welders are usually going to very skilled if the company would pay you for the training. Ones requesting for payment to take their tests can be just as skilled if not more.
Regardless of the pay or the work hours, any welding requires a decent amount of skill (Bureau, “Welding”.)

            The job outlook is relatively good for each career. While food service managers are needed, they are on a slight decline, but there are expected to be just as many new openings in managerial jobs for chain food stores as well as grocery stores. $29,000 - $76,000 was the range of pay for food service managers, from the lowest paying to the highest yearly averages. Bonuses to the job include free meals, more training, and they can get a personal profit based on the food sales of the restaurant (Bureau, “Food”.) Real human welders are always needed. A machine cannot replace a human’s abilities to weld intricate joints. The skill of a welder determines what kind of job he can have, as well as how much he can get paid. The location also is a deciding factor; a qualified welder for ships won’t get paid nearly as much welding in an inland factory.
In general factory welders get paid between $10 - $13 an hour, while extremely experienced welders working on specialized tasks can earn up to and beyond $24 an hour. It is stated that students from many welding schools have an easy time finding jobs.
            In conclusion I’ve decided on following the career of the food service manager. While I really enjoy welding, I may pursue it as a hobby. B. H., the restaurant manager at the local country club*, informed me of the great time he has being the manager at the local Country Club. He gets paid well for his hours and although balancing school and work is difficult he says it is well worth it. By examining the nature of the work, education requirements, and job outlook of a welder and a food service manager I made a decision on the career I would like to pursue.

Works Cited
Bureau of Labor Statistics
            U.S. Department of Labor “Food Service Managers” Occupational Outlook Handbook,
            2010-11 Edition. Web. 21 March 2011

Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor “Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers” Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. Web. 21 March 2011

H. B. (personal interview)

All items with an * were changed to protect privacy


  1. Second paragraph: "The everyday jobs for these positions can very.."

    Think you mean vary...

  2. Second paragraph again: "Welding is a career used primarily shipbuilding" missing the word "in"?

  3. haha, I agree with Alphabeta! Combining the two would be sick! "The welding food manager"