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Cooking School

I've been wanting to go to cooking school for a long time now, but issues of Shabbos and kashrut and not wanting to spend a long time away from home have made that...difficult. Possible, but difficult.

July 7th, there's going to be a kosher cooking school. Accredited, affiliated with Kingsborough Community College. For six weeks.

To do it, I'd need to quit my job on practically no notice. There's also tuition, but we could manage that.

I expect the job to end sooner than later, given that the business is losing money, but I've been working there for seven years and I do owe them some consideration.

Or. I can take the culinary boot camp for home cooks that they offer at the end of the summer and see if I can do it at all - and if I can, take the real course next summer, or when they offer it again. They may just do six week sessions and repeat.


Or... you could come to Israel and learn at the Culinary Inst. in Jerusalem...

Could you take a leave of absence from work?

I'm going through sort of the same thing; I am planning to take a life-coach training program in January, but an earlier program was just announced for September, so I'm not sure whether to do the earlier one or keep my original plan.

This is going to sound like I'm bragging, but I'm not.

When I'm not there, things don't get done. It was *closed* on Monday because I was away.

Which is a lot for a part-time secretary.

I say talk to your bosses- they may be releaved to have a lessening of expenses--especially if you volunteer to work nights/sundays to get someone trained.

It can't hurt to ask.

Not really a viable solution for a storefront agency that closes down at night and has a Sunday receptionist anyway.

More to the point, it's not my *job* I'm worried about. I'm a part-time receptionist, so I can get another one if I had to. If I'd learned about this in May, I might well have quit. It's that I can't give less than a week's notice. That isn't right. If they offer this again in September, I might take them up on it.

After all, if I do this, it would be as a career changer.

Edited at 2008-06-26 05:25 pm (UTC)

I'm with norabombay: talk to your bosses. You've been there long enough that some good will has been built up and perhaps there's a compromise you haven't thought of?

You're assuming I want to keep this job - if that were the case, I wouldn't be thinking about taking a course to be a professional chef.

It's that I don't have enough time to give proper notice. If I did - if this was for September, for example, or after Yom Tov, I might well just quit.

Ah. I misunderstood. You're right. Less than a week's notice isn't a good plan. Here's hoping they offer the course again later!


Meanwhile, I can take a week off in the end of August and take the boot camp for home cooks.

Which should teach me a lot anyway.

Hmm. The no notice wouldn't be nice to your bosses, who seem to have been fairly nice to you overall. But if it's the only time this class will ever be offered, I wouldn't want you to miss it.

Also, you have some awesome skills, and would likely find a new job easily.

Or. I can take the culinary boot camp for home cooks that they offer at the end of the summer and see if I can do it at all - and if I can, take the real course next summer, or when they offer it again.

That sounds like the best option, given that you don't want to leave your employer in the lurch. They've got to offer this course more than once, right? I mean, why go through the bother of getting accredited etc for a one-shot?

It'd be just over a week's notice if you gave notice today (I know you're not working today but you know what I mean), yeah?


I'd find out from them if they plan to offer the course again, or if it's a one-time deal. If they're offering it again-for-sure, then waiting til the next round might be considerate. If it's a one-off or experimental course...I think you'd regret not doing it.