Great forum you guys have here! This is part of what I posted in the Welcome forum, then I realized later my questions may be best answered here.
I'm a 33 year old, female, ex-Network Admin who wants to change careers to culinary, and I must say, I'm a bit discouraged by all the "I love my job even though the pay and the hours suck" posts lol! I was hoping to find an enjoyable career that could pay in the $30-$40k range, and the few salary searches I did show sous chefs in that range. Is this not the case? I figured the salary figure was relative to where your restaurant was located anyway.
I noticed on kuan's thread today that graduates might expect to attain sous-chef level too quickly. I don't aspire to be the next Emeril because I'm certainly not an ambitious person, but I would like to be making in the 30's in a year or two after graduating. Is that unrealistic?
I'm going to go ahead and give culinary a try and am in the process of enrolling in a culinary arts degree program at a community college here in Charlotte. I hope to get a pretty good idea if I'll like it or not by the end of the first semester. Do you guys think so?
- Lt. Klag
- Lt. Klag