Post # 17
Thanks to some advice and a recommendation from my chef advisor at school, I found an externship in a chocolate shop! I will be starting there on Monday, which means I can finish out my entire degree this semester, while learning about an area that still holds a lot of interest for me. I had to tell the restaurant today that I would be leaving them, and it went surprisingly well. I don’t know if it was because they didn’t like me too much (I hope that’s not the case), that they could sense I wasn’t happy there (might be the case), or they are just used to people moving around so much in jobs in this industry (most definitely the case!).
My hope is that after I finish up in December, I can go back to working for the company I worked for before I left for school, and then eventually work on starting up my own side business in chocolates and candies. Just something small, like an etsy shop or something. That way, I can still have fun with this, and maybe make a little money, without it being my entire livelihood. We’ll see!
Post # 18
Glad to hear it. How horrible could it be working in a chocolate shop? =D You know people are coming in happy and leaving happy. I think your idea about an Etsy shop is a good one. I do orders out of my house and it’s much more enjoyable then working for someone else. Good luck in the chocolate shop!
Post # 19
it’s funny i’m a pretty great cook and love entertaining guests and everyone in my family and friends always tells me i should go to culinary school and i say NO WAY. i know exactly how that industry is because of restaurants i’ve worked in and i know the kitchen is a man’s place in that industry and it’s very hard for females to survive in that field. and i also know that it’s emotionally and physically draining and very cut throat competetive which i dont’ like.
no thanks, i’ll just keep it as a nice hobby and cook for my family and friends thankyouverymuch.
sorry you’re going through that, i would have given you this advice if i knew you back when you were thinking of switching to culinary arts as a career. i mean i would have supported you, but warned you as well that it’s not nearly as glamorous as it’s made out to be on food network channel.
but i highly recommend you going for the private shop of your own one day. that’s the way to go as far as i’m concerned. be your own boss:)
Post # 20
I know, I wish I could make my mind up easier, too.
PS …. I totally meant a year ago, not a month ago. Wow lol
Post # 21
I just want to second the PP that recommended considering restaurant management. That might be a way to work in a field you love without having to put yourself out there artistically all the time, and maybe restore the pleasure you get from cooking.
Also, I think changing jobs is a good idea. Some workplaces just aren’t the right fit, and it’s good to try a few before you write off the whole field.
Let us know how the chocolate place works out!
Post # 22
First, thanks so much to all of you for sharing your stories and advice. It really helps to talk to people who are or have been in the same boat! The externship is going really well so far. I already feel like I’m learning so much, which is a huge change from the restaurant job where I didn’t have anyone to go to with my questions. Also, when I let the restaurant know I had another opportunity, I offered to help them over the next couple of weeks to train someone else. They said great, thanks…but then they sent me a kind of weird email two days later and said not to bother coming in. What a weird place. I think I made the right choice by leaving!
Post # 23
Do you have an etsy shop? How did you get into that? I’ve been thinking of starting one up myself