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What if plans go south how long do I have to change my career?

I love to cook and that't what I want to go to college for. #cooking-and-baking

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Carrie’s Answer

The short answer is: You have your whole life.

Some paths may be more or less difficult based on your earlier choices, but most people evolve over their working years, based on what they learn on the job, what examples they see before them, and what new jobs open up as technology and society change. For example, I know someone who studied nursing, developed an interest in marketing, and ended up in a great job doing marketing for a medical technology company, promoting technology that didn't even exist when she began her nursing career.

You may start out as a cook or baker, learn the business side, and ultimately open a catering business, restaurant or food truck. Or you may work for a supplier to the restaurant industry. Or invent some new tool for cooks. Granted, you aren't likely to jump from being a cook to a medical doctor, but there are definitely many possible branches and paths in any field.

I'd suggest you follow your curiosity, do what you're good at, and continue to expand your skills and interests in adjacent fields. Look for the problems around you and work on solutions. You can change your career path at any time - don't let fear hold you back.
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Marie’s Answer

It is never too late to change your career! If you decide something is not right for you, you can always change and shift your focus.
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