Hi everyone, I'm wondering if you can shed some light on a dilemma I'm having. I'm going to be attending George Brown's one year Chef Training certificate program in September, and I'm considering applying for a part time kitchen job. I've never worked in a restaurant before, and I understand it's in my best interest to get some industry experience before attending chef school. However, I understand that this is a particular demanding program, and I probably wouldn't have enough spare time to balance work with school. If I did get a job, it would be mainly for the experience, not the money. So my question is, can it be done? Or should I just focus on school before looking for a job? I know it would look better on my resume a year from now, but at the same time, I don't want to jeopardize my marks at the cost of $150 a week.
Working part time while studying
You want to become a chef, but you have never set foot in a restaurant kitchen?
Isn't it a requirement that you have a years worth of industry experience before enrolling?
How do you know that you will be able to handle the hrs, heat, stress, poor working conditions?
Do you think that you will be able to obtain a chef position straight out of college?
No one will hire you with no experience, and when you do get offers, it will be for cooks positions, you will have to work your way up at $10-15hr
When two people come into my place looking for a job, one with several years of cooking experience, and one with a piece of paper in his hand and no experience, guess who is going to get the job.
Do your self a favor, go apply for a kitchen job, start in the dish pit, tell the chef you are interested in advancing and later attending college, watch everything the cooks do, help them when you can, they will appreciate this and should show you things. If the chef likes you, he will train you and find a spot on the line for you.
If this is still something that you like, go apply for college.
Speaking from experience having been down that road, the amount of time and effort you will spend in a week as a full time student and part time worker will at best be equal to the amount of time and effort you will spend in a week as a chef, less is more like it. A harbinger of the potential future in the life and career of a chef.