Welcome Emma glad you joined ChefTalk. Sounds like you are off to a great start with your culinary career. Where in France have you been working? If your looking for summer vacation I spent the summer in Santorini Greece working in a great kitchen. You can easily find work there and enjoy the beautiful island.
Welcome to ChefTalk. Although it would be a tough transition to the professional kitchen many people do it. I think that most don't have any idea that there is an ocean of difference between the love of cooking and working a professional kitchen.