Career #6?

Joined Feb 14, 2021

Thanks for having this forum and having me on it. I have been a music teacher and musician most of my life (I still am). I had to suddenly leave my job at my local school district due to a freak accident (a student accidentally kicked a basketball into the back of my head), which gave me a TBI. Three years into recovery, I am ready to pursue my passion for pastry arts. I have been decorating cakes for about 10 years off and on, but my kitchen is way too small to do it regularly, especially since COVID has forced my family (actually 'invited' my family) into the kitchen to make several meals per day.

I have recently discovered a love for chocolate making, and am building up my knowledge base, skills, recipes and techniques. I would love to attend a hands-on program when both my kids (ages 17 and 14) are in college, and/or when it is safe to do so. Right now I am enrolled in the Professional Chocolatier course online at Ecole Chocolat, and also subscribe to Callebaut's Chocolate Academy Online and as many chocolate-related forums and groups that I can find. (I would love more recommendations on this!)

I will be mostly a student here, so thank everyone in advance for the advise which I will get from you!

Joined Oct 31, 2012
Welcome to ChefTalk. Sorry to read about your injury. Best of luck on your continued recovery.
As for advice, the typical advice here is to get a job in the business. In your case that would be pastry shop or chocolate shop. Not only to give you experience but to help network for other opportunities. Working in any capacity helps tell others you are serious and helps you figure out which direction you want to go. Of course, the pandemic may put a crimp in that for the time being but now would be a good time to ask around and investigate for future reference. Online has its benefits but old fashioned face to face is still valuable.
If you post a question, give a day or three for replies. As this is an international forum, time zones affect post and response times and people have jobs so it may seem at first like you aren't getting replies but you will.
Best of luck in your new career.
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