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Cooking School Career Planning

According to the National Restaurant Association, the culinary industry is the second largest employer in the US behind the government and is growing! Getting training at a cooking school is one of the best things you can do if you are interested in getting into the culinary industry.

It is important for potential culinary students to consider what direction they would like to take their career in because of the variety of options that are available after graduation from cooking school.

Venue Options

After graduation you will be qualified to start working anywhere from the restaurant to cruise ships! Making the right decision depends on who you are as a person. For example if you fit more in a fast paced environments, you might consider catering or banquet companies. However, does developing a more sophisticated palate interest you? If so, that may mean more exotic cuisine or a more fine-dining establishment will be in your future.

Skill Development

There are four main categories that cooking skills usually fall into - technical, culinary, organizational, and managerial. Within each skill category is where you will learn the detailed skills that that will help you get the job you want once you graduate from cooking school. Developing the right skill set for the niche that you want to work in is essential for a successful career path. Make sure you are working towards the right one.

Outside Help

Many culinary schools have career planning departments which will make all of these choices go easier when you reach graduation. So choose wisely when weighing your enrollment options!

No matter what direction you decide to take career in, you'll find the best preparation for culinary professionals is a degree from an accredited culinary school. Your training will ensure that will have a solid understanding of raw ingredients, creating balance and pleasure in combined flavors and presenting wonderful plate of food.

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