I'm 23, female and have been in the kitchen since 14 as a dishie. Started my apprenticeship at 15 in the wrong place.. I did learn but I was under a lot of chefs who had had enough and weren't passionate or excited about showing me anything... And also had an unfortunate and sadly unresolved situation with a sous chef taking advantage for a while as well.. Anyway, the beginning of my career kinda sucked. It became really hard to learn anything at all as I was left on my own a lot so I moved to a new city and started in a hotel, which was a shit hotel whee I also learnt not much, left to fend for myself and run services in my own. I know I learnt from that but I was never really shown how to do things properly, even the basics. Moved to bars and then function centres for the hours, then another hotel then a few crap jobs in cafes, then an Italian restaurant and now a hotel. I know I'm actually good at the job, I'm organised, can think for myself and handle the pressure, take pride in my work, but I really get no joy out of the job, I'm always tired and grumpy and I've had so many health problems and wrist injuries from it. I've never used my gender as an excuse but I don't think I can do it anymore! I have resigned and leave my current job in a few weeks, do I take some time off and try to get into a good restaurant and maybe enjoy i? Or giv it yo completely and do something new? I have no clue what else I would enjoy as this is all I know!!