“Don’t be precious. Do whatever it takes to build your CV – from filling shelves to mopping the floor if required and show initiative.” Peter McAlindon, Director of Direct Wine Shipments
Peter McAlindon is the Director of Direct Wine Shipments (DWS), Belfast’s oldest independent wine merchant. The McAlindon family has produced their own wine, Creu Celta and DWS was awarded UK’s Best Independent Wine Retailer in 2013.
Peter didn’t always know that he wanted to work in the wine trade. He says, “I think I gradually grew into it and the more it took a grip on me and as time passed, the better I become at the job. Wine is a very interesting subject. It encompasses, history, geography, science, travel, culture, food and it’s very pleasurable (in moderation of course)!”
Peter’s motto is, “don’t be precious. Do whatever it takes to build your CV – from filling shelves to mopping the floor if required. Be keen and show initiative. It will eventually get noticed.”
Here’s his advice on getting started or to people wanting to get into the same field:
“If you really want to go into the wine business, work in retail first. Study for WSET qualifications, either by yourself or maybe with a company that encourages you. Travel and visit wine-growing regions. Try to get a job working in a winery. During ‘vintage time’ is best, as they need a large influx of people to help at this busy time.”
Peter advocates serving an apprenticeship, “to learn the ropes from older, more experienced people. Watch and listen.”
Peter’s approaches life with tenacity, he doesn’t give up, he does his best and he tries to have a laugh along the way!
To learn more about Peter, you can read his full interview in, Career Coach – a step-by-step guide to help your teen find their life’s purpose by Dearbhla Kelly, published by Gill and Co and available in all leading bookshops and on Amazon.