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How hard is it to find a job as a baking and pastry expert straight out of college?

This is a career I would truly love to be apart of seeing that it is my absolute favorite, but i am afraid of the outcome and the difficulty of finding a job once out of college. #culinary #culinary-arts #baking

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Gail’s Answer

Hi Oscar,


It is hard to get a job out of college even if you graduate from the top college in your career, and you won't be considered an expert until you have a lot of experience in the real world. Volunteer for catering events, work for a caterer, volunteer at a senior center to create pastries for their dessert; anything you can do to get some experience.


Good luck! I love pastry work and ended up being a teacher's assistant. It was unpaid but I got to play with dough and my teachers also became references when I applied for a job.


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Tyler’s Answer

If you only went to school and haven't had much experience on the job... well you are not an expert. Technically by definition you are. But I wouldn't say it aloud to my colleagues especially if you dont have a few years of experience on the job. You may be highly qualified in knowledge of pastry, but an expert "pastry chef" knows how to manage a team, innovate systems of operations, and take criticism. So it's hard.
I am only saying this because after 16 years of experience, I can likely get 93% of jobs that I apply to, but when I stage for an "expert" level position, I still get a little nervous. Find an establishment that has recognition, start in whatever position they think you are qualified for. If you are over qualified, they will see it and push you up the ladder. Good luck and earn your stripes.
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