Hi everyone, Im new here and I want to ask you guys whether or not I should pursuit a career in Pastry.
I am a 22 y/o girl with a Bachelor degree in Business. When I graduated from high school in the States, I was not sure about what I want to do with my life but since I come from a family with a very strong business background and I thought it was a safe choice, I went to Business school. However, after half a year of working in the real world, I find no passion in what I do and so I decided to quit my recent job as a sales executive at a real estate company. To be honest, I come from a privileged family so I don't have the pressure of making money to support myself and my family. However, I do want to establish a career for myself where I find excitement and passion in what I do.
Right now I am considering going to Pastry school but I'm not really confident in myself. Honestly, I have never cooked in my life because I have maids at home. But I've always been fascinated by sweets and how people are able to create so many amazing pieces from such simple ingredients. My goal is to open a bakery chain of my own or at least a franchised chain in the future. But I'm really afraid that just an interest is not enough to realize my dream. Of course I'm willing to study hard but the problem I have is there isn't any good culinary school in my country and I would have to go abroad if I wanna learn something, but the maximum time I can go is only one year. I've done research on pastry courses in Paris and found Le Cordon Bleu offers a Diploma program for 9 months and there is also Lenotre School. There are many good school in the States also but the reason I prefer Paris is because I wanna use the time there to learn some French as well. But of course I am open to other options if they're better off.
So what do you guys think? Should I go for it or not? Does it require a lot a skills to open a bakery? Would 1 year possibly be enough for someone who knows nothing? Sorry for such a long post but I hope you can take some time to read through this and give me some advices from your experiences. Thank you so much in advance!