After working in different jobs and not being satisfied in any of them I decided the time had come to make a change and get myself a career by adding to my education. The moment I made the decision to return to college and finish out the degree I had started and abandoned years before I could feel the energy and happiness running back into my body and mind. There are many options available for returning to college and I do have to work as well as study, but the knowledge that I will soon be qualified and have a certificate to prove I completed my degree will make it all worthwhile.
I put off returning to college as I tried desperately to make a better life for myself and my family, but eventually I realized I was never going to get out of low paying jobs without making a major change in my life. I now know that my education will provide the basis for the life my family want to lead and will give my children the chances I was not offered. Not only will it make it easy for me to live a better life, but getting my education has also given me a sense of confidence and responsibility that I did not have before to make me a better person.
I worked for 12 years in the restaurant industry. I first started as a dishwasher in a small American restaurant and worked my way up to a busboy and then eventually became a server. I worked there for a few years and was even promoted to a finer restaurant. I was making really good money but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go much higher than where I was at. Although I loved my job, I wasn’t happy with the idea that I was pretty close to the top as far as my career advancement went.
I always saw myself as someone that would eventually get a degree and transition into an office job but the money was so good right out of high school that I never had a need to. Now here I am, 30 years old and not sure if I can stay at this job much longer. I know eventually I will become bored with it and although I will be able to support myself comfortably, I will never be able to accomplish what I want to in life.
I didn’t know what to do because I was so far into the restaurant business. I worked there for over a decade and never pursued any higher education during that time. I have no other skills aside from my serving experience so I felt like I was going to be stuck there forever.
Eventually I decided to look into getting a degree. I saw that there were a lot of options for me to consider. I could go full-time and get a bachelor degree in less than four years if I really put my mind to it. The other option was to take classes in the morning and continue to work at night. That would prolong my degree but I would still be of to get it eventually.
Although those options were interesting, I didnt like the idea of not graduating until I was in my mid-30s so I decided it wasn’t for me. Eventually, I got the idea of looking into getting n associates degree. I saw that I could get an associates to become an accountant within a year all while balancing my busy work schedule as a server at the same time. Once I realize this, I decided it was perfect for me. I would finally be able to achieve my goal of moving out of the service industry and pursue better career opportunities.
Early in middle school I realized what my life’s passion was. I remember being in charge of a cupcake sale, the Girl Scouts were raising money to help with the cost of a trip to Washington D.C. that summer. I started making a few dozen cupcakes, then more, until I ha literally made hundreds. I loved everything about cooking.
In high school I was much more than a cupcake maker, having mastered several different meals and each month learned more. My parents were very supportive, letting me prepare meals for the family a few times a week. I wasn’t sure at the time if it was because they were exhausted each day after work or they really loved my meals. I was consumed with the thought of cooking and making new variations of classic meals. Luckily our high school did have home economic classes, and I was able to learn more about the love of my life.
I knew after high school that in order to become a world-renowned chef, I would have to further my education and get a degree in cooking. While my family was supportive of my choice of career, they were not in the position financially to send me to the local culinary school even for a year. Tuition was very costly, and I was concerned that as my senior year approached, I had no way to secure enough money to further my studies.
I was still active with the Girl Scouts, and my den mother recommended I look for some scholarships t help offset the tuition. These scholarships were from a vast variety of sponsors, many looking for an essay, a new recipe concept, or a complete layout of a new restaurant with menu included. I entered as many of these scholarships as possible because I realized to become a great chef I had to attend a great school and learn even more than I already knew.
My scout friends all kept an eye out for new scholarships being offered in the culinary field, and I kept busy making certain to give my full commitment to each one I entered. The first time I received notification I had won several thousands of dollars, I nearly jumped through the roof. It was like hitting the lottery and being accepted to the best school in the country at the same time. I was able to further my education, get a degree, and go on to work at one of the most recognized restaurants in New York.
Starting a career is one of the biggest steps that I took when it came to becoming an adult. Starting a new career is a little more difficult than it may sound. However, it is a necessary step to getting out on your own and starting a life for yourself. One aspect that will help anyone start a new career is educating themselves in an institute of higher learning in an area that is specific to the type of career they are interested in.
Starting a career is necessary in order to achieve a sense of self confidence and independence as an adult. I did not feel as though I had established myself as an independent adult until I started my current career. It allows you to provide for yourself, as well as have the ability to provide for others, such as a family, if you have the desire to.
Starting a career is not only important in order to provide for yourself and others financially and establish a sense of independence, but it is necessary in order to be a productive member of society. I never wanted to feel as though I was not doing my part as a member of society and mooching off the government. Instead, I wanted to do my part and provide and make a way for myself, on my own.