In early 2002 I got laid off from a job that I had for over a decade. I spent two years in three different jobs. One full time, three part time. Today I split my time between two part time jobs. One from my old life, the other from my new life. Really basic entry level stuff... often finishing par-baked goods/frozen dough or making things from a mix. I look at it as getting started. Monday I take my ServSafe Management Certification Exam. I just started a correspondense course with the American Institute of Baking. This is more geared towards "industrial" baking, not anything like wedding cakes. Finally, I'm starting three culinary classes (35 hours each) at the local adult ed center. Two are baking, one is basic culinary techniques. I've been an avid cook and baker at home for a long time. When we've entertained my wife's family, we serve 20-25 people at a small party. My wife's not into cooking. I've found it to be no problem preparing dinner for 25+ people at once, I figure I should be OK in the food business.
I'm hoping to leave the two part time jobs I have right now in the fall. We have a Panera Bread store opening in the fall here. I'm hoping to find my first full time job there. Hopefully in the spring I will enroll in a local community college and get an Associate's degree of some sort and eventually land a good job.