I am currently a sophomore at Johnson and Wales studying baking and pastry with food service management. Due to the high tuition cost, I am considering graduating with an associates degree this year. I will be studying abroad in the spring at the Ecole National Supèrieure de la Pâtisserie in France. If I graduate this year, I will graduate with an Associates in Baking and Pastry as well as a French Pastry Certificate. Based on my industry experience, the bachelors degree is not completely necessary; but, according to the school it will make you go so much further. I would like some advice from industry professionals if the bachelors degree is really worth it. I personally feel that the pastry industry is experience and skill based and the 4 year degree is not all that important to my success in the industry, if I work hard enough. Can I work my way up on my own? or do I need to continue my education.
Thank you for taking the time to give me some advice,