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    Sep 20, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    Well, I graduate from the Culinary Institute of America with a associate's degree in Baking and Pastry Arts on Friday, And I'm at the point where I am Scared shitless. I have a few options at the moment and I have no idea what I am going to do.

    1. Stay at the CIA- I have to option of returning here in January to pursue their Bachelor's program in Business Management, however the cost is high, abut 45 thousand plus books. Id only have a 17 month program and be getting out of school with a much more viable degree. Getting loans may be a problem after this wall street explosion.

    2. Take a Job- I have a great job offer in North Carolina that is pending a Stage for four days after graduation. If they decide to take me Ill be locked in at a two year commitment working as a baker and producing full scale all by hand. It's a great opportunity, however, I'd be putting off getting my Bachelors

    3. Go Home- I'd be living with mom and dad and finishing my degree at a state school. it sounds like pulling teeth.


    I'm really at wits end and I don't have a whole lot of time. So I was wondering what you estimable men at Real Jock would have to say on the matter. Thanks in Advance for your advice
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    Personally, I would go with option #2. The ability to finish your Bachelor's will always be there. However, an enticing job offer will not.
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    What do you WANT to do?
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    Sep 21, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    If the job in NC would get you enough money and/or give you room to move up to make more, then go for it. Otherwise I'd go with #1 or #3. Calculate the cost of the state school and weigh it against continuing at the CIA. Don't forget that if you finish earlier at the CIA, you'd be making money earlier than you would if you go to a state school instead (I'm assuming the state school would take longer), so factor that into the equation. Of course, what's most important is your happiness, but think long term happiness. So even if living with your mom and dad would be bad, do what will be best for you in the long term.
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    Sep 21, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the quick responses guys. I haven't been to the place in NC yet so I'm not sure what kind fo place it is, it sounds great on paper but in reality it could be much different. I really would like to go back to school really, but Id like to not be at home, however the costs of CIA far outweigh the University that I spoke to ( Sullivan University in Lexington.)
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    Sep 21, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    GO TO SCHOOL!
    You will have plenty of time to work after you get your BA. You are only 20 so paying off loans, albeit a pain, will happen as a matter of course. Enjoy school and learning while you are young - work HARD later.
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    Sep 21, 2008 4:53 AM GMT
    As a recent grad with little experience in my field, I would suggest talking the job, gaining some experience and go back to school at some point. You could so school part-time while working...The option of going back to school will always be there, the offer for a good job with a good pay (especially now) will not.
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    Sep 21, 2008 5:01 AM GMT
    Sounds exciting-- good luck with whatever you choose.

    I agree with maverickcj_ca-- work experience isn't always available, and you'll get a lot more out of your education down the line if you take some time to live outside of school first. It's intimidating, but often the scariest option is the best.

    If something stops you there, I'd go with #1. Unless you've got something real good at home, it sounds like you'd just be going backwards.
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    Sep 21, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    Congratulations on finishing CIA.

    I'm a bit confused (as usual). Why would a pastry chef want a business management degree? Is it oriented toward the hospitality industry?

    My nephew went to CIA, worked a few years in my brother's restaurants, then went back to a university for a teaching degree, while making plans to become a rock star. He taught special needs kids for two years -- they loved his music even if nobody else did -- and now he's in Portland hugging trees with his environmentalist girlfriend. And he's looking for a chef's job again.

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    Sep 21, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    Get your B.A. Soooooooo many job opportunities will open for you after you earn your degree. Earning a B.A. is not as difficult as it seems. You will be so pleased with yourself for having the fortitude to achieve this! Get some student loans going from your school's financial aid office. With dedication, you can achieve so much more than living at home (option #3)!
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:30 AM GMT
    Greygull saidWell, I graduate from the Culinary Institute of America with a associate's degree in Baking and Pastry Arts on Friday, And I'm at the point where I am Scared shitless. I have a few options at the moment and I have no idea what I am going to do.

    1. Stay at the CIA- I have to option of returning here in January to pursue their Bachelor's program in Business Management, however the cost is high, abut 45 thousand plus books. Id only have a 17 month program and be getting out of school with a much more viable degree. Getting loans may be a problem after this wall street explosion.

    2. Take a Job- I have a great job offer in North Carolina that is pending a Stage for four days after graduation. If they decide to take me Ill be locked in at a two year commitment working as a baker and producing full scale all by hand. It's a great opportunity, however, I'd be putting off getting my Bachelors

    3. Go Home- I'd be living with mom and dad and finishing my degree at a state school. it sounds like pulling teeth.


    I'm really at wits end and I don't have a whole lot of time. So I was wondering what you estimable men at Real Jock would have to say on the matter. Thanks in Advance for your advice


    Start your own catering company....maybe start a bakery

    Out west the demand for a good Chef is big......I like to cook, but I already have my business...but you know what I want to start...A gourmet donut shop....they are fun and cool to operate....wanna do it with me??? :-) Really I want to