Been a lurker here for awhile and decided to come out of the shadows!
I'm a recent Chicago transplant from the PNW(Portland/Seattle) looking for a career change. I've been in luxury retail and sales of some sort for most of my working life. It wasn't until I got a part time barback/prep/buss position last spring and summer that I realized how miserable the retail and sales world was... Seems odd to most people that I could walk away from a career that paid me up to $80k per year. I just found the nitty, gritty, do or die environment addicting. Much different high then closing a sale. I never felt so physically fit in my life. I also loved the brotherhood of my coworkers. In sales everyone is about money and screw the other fellow. Anyhow...
My fiance and I plan on moving to the burbs so that I can start the culinary program at College of Dupage next January.
Look forward to participating in these forums!