I am new to this site and forgive me if I am posting a question already posted. I am interested in learning how to make confections (candies, syrups, jellies, jams, etc.) and work professionally in that field. Considering I am already in debt up to my ears from attending grad. school 3 times, going to culinary school is out of the question for now.
What is the best way for me to start learning the ropes? Can I just go and try and find a part time job without experience or is there a way I can get some kind of apprenticeship? I don't want to just start cooking from a book with no one to tell me if I am doing it wrong/right. I was thinking about asking someone if I could shadow them, but I don't want to waste anyone's time, my being 'green' and all.
Thank you for your advice.