Note that I did not say chef. I write this blog because I have a huge amount of college debt, mostly because I decided to go to culinary school (which tends to be outrageously expensive), but I’m not sure that I want to be a chef. Right now I’m much more concerned with learning everything that I can about food and the preparation thereof. What that means for me in terms of jobs is working in professional kitchens, and as good a one as I can get into.
I’ve always been a big believer in paying dues to get to the place that you want to be and for me that means being in the trenches of grueling restaurant world. I want to be an expert on food and there is simply no better school than being a line cook or a chef.
I’m getting a late start on this career game, or at least I feel like I am. I’ve worked plenty of jobs, but few that I consider to really be part of my career. Most of the jobs that I’ve had in my life were simply to provide some type of income while I went to school or simply to have some structure during my summer vacations. Well, I’m an adult now. School’s finally out and summer vacations are a distant memory.
I can no longer afford myself the luxury of simply finding a job for the sake of having one. It’s time to think about my career for real; jobs that matter to me. That’s why I’ve let myself remain unemployed for as long as I have. And I realize of course that many have been unemployed for much longer than I have been, and my heart goes out to them, but to me, not having a job for three months feels like an eternity. It feels wrong.
All of that being said I’m happy to say that I finally had a job interview for a cook position that I feel will be a worthwhile step in my career, and no matter where I ultimately find myself, I remember that I am in control of my destiny, and only I can change it.
But that brings me back to what I said before. I’m not sure that I want to be a chef. So how long do I stay immersed in this world before I attempt to step outside of it and find a different path, and what kind of risk will that be for me? Frankly I’m not sure. I haven’t found my exact right path yet. I may never find that perfect place, and I have to be okay with that. I know that my career success will ultimately be determined by my attitude and my willingness to work hard and smart.