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Old 01-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #31
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Having said that. School probably won't help me. I noticed a school (relatively) near me has a partnership with Niagara College starting in Sept 2013.

http://www.oldscollege.ca/programs/H...ers%202013.pdf

Don't know if anyone has attended Niagara but sounds like a brewing career is more in who you know than what piece of paper you have on your wall. Thoughts?
I have heard that the Niagara brewing program has a good reputation. When I toured the Adnams brewery, one of there brew guys told me that a few of their employees came from the Niagara Program.

*Edit* However, I should say that most brewmaster's from breweries that I know of have at least a master's in microbiology.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #32
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Don't know if anyone has attended Niagara but sounds like a brewing career is more in who you know than what piece of paper you have on your wall. Thoughts?
That's the way it is in every field. Except perhaps high turn over common labor jobs (and even those are becoming slim pickings now-a-days).

Two questions I ask when I hire someone:
1.) Do they have the knowledge and ambition to do the work?
2.) Are they going to do what I ask of them without questioning/complaining?

Both of the above attributes usually end up fading over time and the person moves on. Sometimes they leave in a professional fashion and sometime not...

Hiring is mostly arbitrary. Even if you know someone, it's still arbitrary.

Be careful about volunteering to be a slave. That's not a good position to put yourself in.

If you're going to work for someone, make sure they pay you a fair days wage. A living wage. (Not very common in today's work environment.)

Finally, be careful of what you ask for, you just might get it.

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:52 PM   #33
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Keep is as simple as:

I am interested in beer and brewing
Understand the basics as I have been homebrewing for x years
Currently have a physically demanding job
Know what a hard days work is and show up on time/sober.
For any potential job (not just in brewing) I would not mention I would show up on time and sober. That's an expectation for any job. Bringing it up would make the employer wonder, "Is there a reason this guy needs to point out his ability to read a clock and not get drunk before work?"


 
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:56 PM   #34
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:04 PM   #35
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Don't forget to tell them how much you love to drink beer when your olfactory senses and taste buds are most alert--the morning! Potential employers love to hear that almost as much as hiring people who are currently unemployed.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:06 PM   #36
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You know that may have been meant as a joke (my sarcasm meter is off in this place a bit) but I like this idea, I might put it to use in my own search down the road.
I love this idea...

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:14 PM   #37
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To piggy back on markm's and aip's comments... I don't work for a brewery, but I visited one in Ft. Worth in December for their Saturday "tour". I spoke with about 10 people who had "Brew Crew" shirts on and none of them were paid employees. To a person they told me they just hung out for the tours, got to know the folks there, and were asked to be part of their tour team. I did speak to an assistant brewer and he said they hire one or two of those folks a year.

Worth a shot!

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:35 PM   #38
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:46 AM   #39
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You know that may have been meant as a joke (my sarcasm meter is off in this place a bit) but I like this idea, I might put it to use in my own search down the road.
Not a joke. I answered an ad for a machinist position by creating a resume that resembled a blueprint. It caught their eye enough to get me an interview. Standout and someone will notice you.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:52 AM   #40
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So, I am getting a lot of mixed messages here. Is it possible to make a career out of brewing? I would like to. I feel a bit deterred by the few negative comments. I like a hard days work. Nothing makes a beer taste better. But I have bills to pay. Is it possible?

 
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