Is culinary school for me?

Joined Jul 23, 2015
I am new to this but for the past year I have been giving much thought to working in the food industry. There is a great culinary program at my community college that I can't stop looking into. For awhile I wanted to do something in the medical field but just for the money. I want a job I am passionate about even when the money doesn't start off so great. I love anything that has to do with food especially baking. This is my second year of college so I feel like I need to figure out my plan fast. I would love to learn more about fondant and pastry work and some day own a business or run one. I also been given a suggestion to get my business degree instead and learn the baking skills I need on my own without school. Is it really worth going to school for this? I know this is a lot to post just to get some thoughts from a stranger but I appreciate someones ideas or suggestions!
Joined Aug 21, 2004
While you continue with college, get a part time job in a pastry/bakery.

If after 3 months you find that you look forward to going to work, get a full time job in a pastry/bakery while continuing with college.

If after 3 months you find that you look forward to going to work, change your major to business.

By the time you graduate, if you have continued to work full in a pastry/bakery while going to school and still look forward to going work, then you will be well equipped and suited to be a business owner.
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Joined Jun 27, 2012
Why does it have to be either/or?

Depending on what field in healthcare there is plenty of time in the week/month to do both (now THAT is passion!).

I paid my way thru nursing school bartending, waiting tables and working for caterers and continued on a PT basis during my entire nursing career (I short scheduled my hospital hours during the winter holidays and cut back my on F&B hours when I was super busy at the hospital)

Continued in F&B far longer than my body could tolerate nursing.

Healthcare and hospitality are a great fit as the individual controls both schedules (unless you are shooting for a md) as most hospitals are running on (3-4) X 12 hour shifts per week with some areas having weekends off and clinics keeping virtual bankers hours.

Of course if you are feeling the need to be your own boss every statement above goes to hell in a handbasket.

Owning a bakery is totally different than working at one.

If you are one of the very few who has a success in the biz most of your time is spent on the duties that keep the doors open and the lites on while your employees are up to their elbows in flour having all the fun lol!

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