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Should I go to college as soon as I’m done with high school ?

I’m planning on being a chef

Thank you comment icon You might want to look at this online culinary school as an option Escoffier Culinary Arts Online. Some programs to be a chef are less than a year. Pastry and Baking is at least 1.5 years due to the chemistry in baking. I suggest going after high school and get your culinary education completed. Getting a part-time job working in a restaurant will get you great experience and hopefully you'll find the cuisine you'll want to get the best creative experience possible. If you want more information, let me know as I have former colleagues that are in the culinary industry. Good luck! Robin Moser (US)

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Andreina’s Answer

I suggest giving yourself a break, as it's a great way to discover more about who you are.
In my case, I excelled in Engineering classes and even got into an Engineering school. However, I didn't feel any excitement or curiosity about it. Once I spent some time exploring my interests and talents, I found a job that truly makes me happy.
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Fernando’s Answer

If your mind is already set on what you want to pursue with regards to studies, go for it. There are a variety of cooking schools and culinary programs for you to pick from. At this stage it's all about researching the options available and factoring in the budget for said programs. Going into college with a clear goal is already a major advantage and will keep you focused on the road ahead.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Dilan!

If you want to learn more as soon as possible, you can.
If you want to take a break in between school, you can do that.

You can do either option! Do what's right for you :)

You don't have to go to college. You can learn how to become a chef in other ways:
- Being self-taught from cookbooks and videos.
- Learning hands on in a restaurant.
- Attend a Technical College [you go to school for 2 years vs 4 at a traditional college].
Here's some technical colleges to consider: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-culinary-arts/s/south-carolina/

The most important thing is to make a choice that feels right to you.

Sending you support as you become a chef :)
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ashna’s Answer

You should take a break of at least one month then further start your qualifications . Human mind needs some rest too.
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Mark’s Answer

NO!!! That is a Very big mistake. Take time away from school, relax, go fishing, do something else. After you've had time to really think about it then if your still going down that path then by all means go for it. Same for any field.
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Adrian’s Answer

Take advantage of the break following high school to relish your free time. As soon as you begin college, stay committed and keep going until you achieve your qualifications.
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Diane’s Answer

Hi Dilan, take the summer after high school graduation to enjoy being a graduate and spend time with friends and family before heading off to college. For a summer job working in a restaurant as a line cook would give you a great start at seeing what the food and beverage industry is all about about and if that is the road for you. Culinary school, if affordable, would be a great place to hone in on your skills at becoming a chef. If money is tight, look into the Job Corps for food and beverage opportunities. Best of luck to you!
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Michel’s Answer

Yes. GO TO College. While you are there, get a part time job in a kitchen to see if it’s want you want to do for the rest of your life. At least with a degree, you have a fallback.
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