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BEVERAGES GET INTO ThE SpIrIT Drinks are a part of everyday life, but did you know you could brew yourself a career centred around your favourite tipple? F or most of us, alcohol and work don't mix. But working in the beverages industry means you could spend your days around drinks of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety. Whether you see yourself working behind the scenes, creating the latest must-have soft drink – or dealing with customers face to face and advising them on the tipple to suit their tastes – your future career could await you in the drinks industry. We take a look at three drink-fuelled vocations… EnginEEring TEchnician Every drink, from your morning glass of orange juice to your favourite mixer, has to be manufactured. It's the responsibility of engineering technicians and other engineering staff to see beverages through from their design to their delivery to the customer. Engineering technicians work with the operations team in drinks factories to ensure all the manufacturing equipment is working efficiently, make suggestions for practical improvements, and ensure that all health and safety requirements are met. To become an engineering technician, you'll typically need a BTEC (or equivalent vocational qualification), and some experience in a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market. One of the best ways to gain hands-on experience and a qualification is an apprenticeship. soMMEliEr This is the title given to wine experts in restaurants, hotels and bars. To work as a sommelier, you'll need a very good knowledge of wine, and which types are suited to particular dishes. It's commonly expected that you'll have general bar and restaurant experience, as some employers may require you to assist in other areas during busy periods. Not only will you serve wine, you may also be in charge of choosing and stocking the wine list. Qualifications aren't always necessary, but many employers now ask for a qualification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Visit WOrDS: Jessie Bland | pICTUrES: Shutterstock cockTail MixologisT If you're after a career that's shaken, not stirred, a job as a cocktail mixologist may be just your glass of Long Island Iced Tea! In this role, experience is a must, as is an ability to get on with people from all backgrounds. When people are drinking cocktails, they're looking for an experience, and the mixologist is an important part of that – you'll need to be able to entertain and tell stories about the drinks as you make them. So where do you start? Look for a job as a bar tender first, to get used to the bar environment. You may start out emptying bins and changing glasses, but if you show enthusiasm, you can learn the art of mixing cocktails and work your way up to being a mixologist. 173

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Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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