(Closed) I thought I got what I wanted, but now I’m not so sure. Please help.

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh, I feel for you.

“I can’t sort out whether I just don’t like my current job, or if I have not chosen the right career (yet again).”

It seems to me that you have to figure that one out, as why you no longer enjoy cooking. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Bubu82: How old are you?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Bubu82:  Are you in Indy? Could you transition to an office job? or go for your master’s in social work or something else since you already have a B.A.?  I’d do some soul searching definitely.

What school are you attending?  Maybe they have a transfer program to go into restaurant management?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m 26, and in grad school, and I struggle with wondering whether I’m taking the right route too. But the good news is that we really are still very young.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Bubu82:  I have no clue what I want to do and I’ve been in school for 5 years, I’m finishing up my accounting degree after spending 2 years in Engineering and a couple of semesters in Lib Arts.  Right now, being a stay at home parent sounds good but I think that after my children grow, I’ll be bored and want to do something else.  Most people change careers so much throughout their life–just know that you have lots of time.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Bubu82: I’m sorry that you went down the same path I did. When I got out of high school I went to a make up school in Orlando (FX make up, monsters, ect ect). I was sooooo sure that’s what I wanted to do until I found out what I really liked was the Fantasy Make-up (cirque du soleil types) and there wasn’t a huge job market for it. Well there I was in another city so I figured well I like to bake and decorate cakes. I went to Culinary school to be a Pastry Chef. Took extra classes in Atlanta for cakes after culinary school. $36,000 in student loans later I get job offers to work for free, sign contracts that are ridiculous, or get offered $7.50 an hour. I hate to tell you but I think that it’s pretty much just like that in this field. If I could go back I NEVER would have gone to Culinary School.

 I would love to tell you something happy or positive about the job you picked but honestly, you see it. I’m not going to lie to you. It’s very physically demanding, you work with people that usually don’t respect you, and it doesn’t pay well. I know exactly what you’re going through and I feel 100% the same way. As far as giving you advice on what to do next, I’m not going to because I’m at the same spot as you. Just wanted you to know that you aren’t alone or the only one that feels that way. Sorry it wasn’t something more positive. = ((hugs))

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m dealing with something similar right now. I changed jobs almost a month ago, in the same field (retail) but moved from clothing to food related – and I HATE it! Now I’m debating about whether I want to go to another retailer, non-food related, or go to school. I skipped college, didn’t think I wanted it, but now I think I do. I just don’t know WHAT in the world I want to do with my life.

Good luck – I hope you figure it out!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Bubu82: Thank you. Isn’t it funny when people ask you what you do and they always respond “Oh that must be fun!”. No…no it’s not. It’s stressful. I think they picture at home when it’s ok to take an hour to make a cake. The last job I had I was the only Pastry Chef in the country club. I had to do Ala Carte (which included specials every week), Banquet, and Special Orders (cakes, cookies, etc). By myself. They wanted me to stay there from 7am until 10pm sometimes even midnight. I lasted 3 months. Here’s to hoping for the best and we find something that actually doesn’t feel like going to hell in the morning. =)

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Might you try working somewhere else to help you decide if it the specific restaurant that you dislike or the career path?  I wouldn’t throw in the towel after working at one restaurant.

By The Way, I’m not in the same field as you.  I’m in education.  I work in a big city and have worked at 5 different schools all over town.  I have learned over the years that it is the people I work with that make the difference.  I’ve been at some schools for only one year (couldn’t stand the people) and other schools for years and years because of the great people.  Some schools get a new principal and everything changes either for the better or for the worse.  I tell you all this to say, it may just be the people you are working with.  Try working somewhere else.   

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