Hi all! I need some advice, hopefully from professionals and those in hiring positions. I'm currently in culinary school, my first semester. I'm getting a certificate, since I was advised that a certificate is all I would need, just wanting to work in a bakery (I'll happily work in a restaurant, but preferably a casual, family restaurant, nothing formal). I love cooking and baking and I'd like to be a professional baker one day. I have a class that's required to get a certificate and because of the day this class is offered (same time each semester), I cannot take it. It conflicts with a religious day in my religion, and I cannot attend. So basically I can take all classes but one for my certificate and not leave culinary school with a certificate.
My question to anyone who can answer: how important is having a degree or certificate? I have no experience and am in school to help me get experience to get a job. Will the fact that I took these classes count for anything? I can't have a certificate, but I still did the work required. The class I can't take is catering. I'm paying for school myself and I really can't afford it. This is a big investment for me. Do the classes I'm taking count for anything? I'm trying to make a change in my life so this is so important to me. This is finals week so my advisor has been too busy to talk to me. So until I can catch a few minutes with her, I thought I'd ask others, here. Can anyone help me out, haha? :-)