Hey Folks, I Want To Go To Culinary School
Deciding which culinary school you want to attend is a step in the right direction for your culinary career. From options like for-profit culinary schools, community college programs, local vocational centers, and even the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education, being accepted into a program is a big deal.
However, one step many students need to consider when choosing a culinary program is telling your parents where you're going and how much it will cost.
Overall, culinary schools have a negative reputation for being expensive and too focused. After all, if you attend a traditional four-year college, you explore more than just one field of study and end up with a Bachelor's degree to help you land a job.
What Happens After I Graduate?
After culinary school, there's one thing you can do with your degree or certificate: work in a kitchen. This is just what makes parents nervous since it limits your options and might negate those two to four years of hard work.
However, there are benefits to culinary school that even parents can support. You have to angle them correctly.
“I'm doing more than getting an education; I'm learning a skill.” General education courses teach many things you learn in high school: math, English, science, and the like. When you attend culinary school, you go beyond simple learning to include real vocational-centered training.
“The restaurant industry is one of the fastest-growing in the United States.” Jobs in the restaurant industry are expected to increase at a higher-than-average national rate. This means more opportunities arise daily, and there is plenty of room for advancement.
“I won't be spending forever at school.” One of the benefits of culinary school is that you can complete your training in as little as nine months. This means you'll be on your way to a job before other students finish their second semester.
“Most schools take the same kind of financial aid taken at four-year universities.” If you look for a program that falls under the FAFSA program, you may be eligible for the same loans, grants, and work-study opportunities as traditional college students.
Remember, only you can decide the path of your future. If you feel that culinary school is right for you, few careers offer the same kind of job satisfaction as the food and restaurant industry. You may have to work harder, but in the end, you'll be more satisfied with your career and life.