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It’s 2017, and women are still being harassed on LinkedIn

When Charlotte Miller accepts a new LinkedIn request from a man, she steels herself for the possibility that he considers LinkedIn more of a dating site than a professional network. Miller (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy), a certified career coach who runs her own business, uses LinkedIn to connect with potential clients. But over the years, she’s received several messages from male users that are sexual, romantic or generally creepy in nature.

Here’s one message she shared with Mic (emphasis ours):

Such knowledge, experience and portfolio in your field of work, I just can’t help but mention how fascinated I am. Your beauty on the other hand makes it all perfect. Beauty and intelligence are like two peas in a pod one needs another. The result, usually magical. It almost immediately reminds me of the Arabian nights when Aladdin strikes his lamp and something exquisite is being conjured into existence. Would be awesome to get to know you.

Miller is one of many women who have experienced unwanted sexual advances, unsolicited comments on their appearance and other forms of sexual harassment on career-networking site LinkedIn. She said she reported several of these inappropriate contacts to the company, but never heard back from them. Read more (4/28/17)

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luxelustsugarxx  asked:

How do you screen POTs? I feel like obviously googling and reverse image search but what if I don't have spokeo or any of the others?

In no particular order, this is how I screen. 

1. www.spydialer.com ( I usually use this to listen to POT’s voicemail to gather information such as their name or business or occupation…imagine a voicemail like this, “Hello you’ve reached James Bond of James Bond industries, sorry i am unavailable right now ….) Also, spydialer may help you find their location, social media profiles, and e.t.c. 

2. emailsherlock.com ( gives you a location, IP address, e.t.c.) 

3. Facebook, do not underestimate the power of typing in a cell number or email address in the search bar. please don’t. (beware of fake pages)

4. LinkedIn, I use pretty much the same way as Facebook, this can also be helpful to see if businesses actually exist, who run them, or you just might find out were a POT truly works. (beware of fake pages

(if other babies have tips or would like to add, feel free to.) 

as always, be safe sugaring. If shit don't add up, neither will them deposits. 

Steps For College Students Using LinkedIn To Connect

So, instead of advising you to spam strangers, here’s how I would use LinkedIn if I were a college student to get a job or internship:

1) Make your profile awesome (duh).

2) Request to connect as many people from your imported contacts list or the “people you may know” feature as possible.

3) Commit to adding connections on the platform once a week or so for 2-3 months, until you build up to a few hundred connections.

4)  Use the handy “How You’re Connected” tool  to identify the intermediaries between you and the people you’re interested in meeting.

5) Reach out to the intermediaries and ask them if they’d be willing to introduce you to the target you’ve identified.

6) Repeat

See the full list here.

My view from the 45th floor in Philadelphia. Sometimes I just spend hours at work just staring out this window, admiring the old buildings that were built back in 1776, all hidden in between all these new buildings. You literally can cross the street and go back in time 240 years. Amazing! I would say that I teeter on being a digital collaborator and a roving node. I usually have with me a smart phone, smart watch and a tablet. I create, share and play on Facebook mostly and for work I use LinkedIn for networking and staying in touch with colleagues. I am a roving node in that I prefer communication through texts or email, phone if its a dire emergency. #NECSelfie

Today, I fucked up by convincing my dad that 'Touching Tips' is the term used for connecting on LinkedIn.

My Dad is a professor at a university and not originally from the USA which means he’s twice over not hip with lingo. Therefore he learns all his hip lingo from my two brothers and me!

So being great sons we decide to mess with him and tell him ‘Touching Tips’ is the new way of saying connecting on LinkedIn. You know, “let’s touch tips” = “connect with me” “Have we touched tips?” = “Have we connected on LinkedIn?” etc etc.

Fast forward to yesterday when he’s meeting a younger guy to work in his lab… I get an angry call from him later saying that he ended the interview with something like “All sounds good, have we touched tips?”

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Tumblr doesn’t want to please you.

When you consider the latest highly annoying changes to Tumblr, never forget that they aren’t meant for you.   Yahoo, Tumblr’s owner, is under a lot of pressure to make some money. That means that Tumblr has to either pull its weight or be shut down.  In the Web-ancient adage, “If you aren’t the customer, you’re the product.”  That is, if you aren’t directly paying for any Website, then the Website is selling you, in the form of advertising.  Tumblr desperately needs to monetize you.   To monetize you, they need to know your  personal demographics, so that they can sell groups of similar users to advertisers.

In that light, think about the recent changes to tag search.  If you have a tracked tag for your best friend’s name, that isn’t monetizable;  there aren’t enough people following that tag to be useful to an advertiser.  Suppose instead you have a tracked tag that does more-or-less map to a demographic, or to a customer base.  Let’s say you’re following “loligoth”.  When you click through that tag, you immediately get a set of posts customized to your interest and – this is important – your eye can easily slide over ads to the good bits. Injecting ads into that tracked tag gets you a lot of “impressions” (views) but not many click-throughs or conversions, where the advertising money is.  Suppose advertisers attempt to monetize that demographic, guessing, for instance, that most lolitas will be late teenagers and twenty-something girls with disposable income and injecting ads accordingly. Click-throughs don’t go up, because loligoths will immediately reject ads for anything other than Lolita brands.  You, the product, have a finely-developed anti-ad immune system.  Advertisers can’t inject  – stereotyping here – an ad for lipstick into a Lolita tag, because it’s obviously a foreign body and is easy for products to reject.

You can’t monetize tracked tags.  Consider what Tumblr is giving us instead.  It is, as you’ve no doubt noticed, not a coincidence that Tumblr’s example is a merchandisable product.  Who wants the latest news on pizza?  Customers don’t.  Pizza sellers sure do want those customers, though.   Tracked search has some important advantages over tracked tags.  It appears randomly, so that you are likely to read a few lines before you realize what has happened.   It camouflages into your normal feed, because your interests are likely to be broader than your individual tags, and clever ads (fat chance) are less obviously out of place.   And it is monetizable not by inference from a single tag, but based on your entire set of interests.  "Likes Lolita, Crimson Peak, and college", plus any explicit age, sex, location data you’ve put in your profile, tells the advertiser a lot more than “Likes Lolita”, and is thus more monetizable.

Finally, Tumblr is under pressure not only to monetize the audience it has, but to grow that audience.  Tumblr already has you.  Tumblr knows how to get you and your friends.  Tumblr wants your uncle who uses Pinterest, your friend’s mom who uses Facebook, and your boss who uses LinkedIn.  You can expect any new features to be designed to hook those people.

Doubt me?  Look at Twitter.  Twitter just cut 8% of their jobs.  The business analysis I’ve read points to two factors:  Twitter’s audience isn’t increasing enough, and Twitter’s attempts at monetization aren’t successful enough.   If you think Marissa Meyer, head of Yahoo, isn’t evaluating Tumblr against those two metrics, I have a slice of pizza to sell you.

Social Sandbox Mega Recap Post

I’m leaving NPR. As a present to myself, I made this guide to almost every single Social Sandbox post from last November to the present, organized by topic.  (Here’s the web version if you want to bookmark it or send it to your coworkers or pass along to a friend.) - Mel

(If you want to follow me beyond this, I’m melodykramer and @mkramer on Twitter.) 

First up: Why Does the Sandbox Exist?  / Best Of / 7 Things You Can Do Pretty Easily Without Wasting a Lot of Time That Will Have a Decent Return for the Amount of Effort You Put In / Make Stories More Shareable with the Quotable Tool / Steal this sign idea from Mountain Stage. It’s smart. /  NPR’s mission statement  / How to Follow NPR Reporters on Social  / Guide to the API

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37 Secrets Only Successful People Know 

The business of business isn’t really all that complicated. While there is, of course, specific knowledge required for specific industries, this post encapsulates everything that you’ll need to know to survive and thrive in the business world.

The lists below are adapted and condensed from my recently published book,Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS

1. How to Become More Optimistic

  1. EXPECT something wonderful to happen every day.
  2. TREAT people as you’d want to be treated.
  3. DON’T waste breath fighting about things you can’t change.
  4. CONCENTRATE on the job at hand, not the results you seek.
  5. ASSUME other people mean well.
  6. AVOID depressing people and conversations.
  7. EAT something delicious every day.
  8. TURN OFF the background television.
  9. ADOPT an attitude of gratitude.
  10. REMEMBER that the best is yet to come.

2. How to Eliminate Stress

  1. CULTIVATE the patience and perspective to let go of your results.
  2. FOCUS on what you’re doing now rather than the results.
  3. IF you’re overworked, negotiate a more reasonable workload.
  4. CUT your hours to the “sweet spot,” which is about 40 hours a week.
  5. AVOID people who won’t or can’t control their own stress.
  6. FIND a place where you can work quietly away from distractions.
  7. TURN OFF news programming that’s designed to rile you up.
  8. TURN DOWN projects that you can’t do well.
  9. STOP arguing with fools and strangers online.
  10. ARRANGE tasks consecutively rather than trying to multitask.

3. How to Overcome Fear

  1. CONFRONT your fears head on to reduce their power.
  2. IMAGINE dealing with the fear to make it less daunting.
  3. REMEMBER that fear is just excitement in disguise.
  4. USE fear to spawn the energy you need to perform well.

4. How to Cope With Rejection

  1. REALIZE that rejection is just a difference of opinion.
  2. UNDERSTAND that rejection only hurts because you let it.
  3. REMEMBER that every rejection moves you closer to your goal.
  4. KEEP other opportunities in reserve so you can quickly move on.

5. How to Rise Above Failure

  1. CREATE goals that motivate you to achieve something possible.
  2. ALWAYS write goals down; display them where you’ll see them.
  3. DECIDE by saying “I must…” or “I will…” rather than “I’ll try….”
  4. BREAK your big goals into smaller, measurable milestones.
  5. CHECK whether you’re moving toward or away from your goals.
  6. WELCOME setbacks because they’ll hone your plan.
  7. REMEMBER that the only true failure is failing to take action.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CAREER

6. How to Achieve Your Dream Job

  1. KNOW what would constitute your dream job.
  2. FIND role models and incorporate their way of thinking.
  3. HAVE the courage to sacrifice your security.
  4. LEARN to sell your ideas and yourself.
  5. CREATE a plan and start executing it today.
  6. ADJUST your goal as you learn more about yourself.

7. How to Attain Career Security

  1. LIVE below your means until you’ve got six months of income saved.
  2. DEVELOP expertise that makes it less likely you’ll be fired.
  3. CULTIVATE new opportunities and record them in an escape plan.

8. How to Get More Done Each Day

  1. DON’T take calls from people you don’t know, unless you’re working in telesales or product support.
  2. USE email instead of time-consuming voice mail
  3. LIMIT your chitchat with co-workers.
  4. TURN OFF “alerts” that interrupt your thinking.
  5. KEEP TRACK of how you spend time; that’s half the battle.
  6. REMEMBER that 20 percent of your actions produce 80 percent of your results.
  7. ONLY DO the 20 percent that produces the 80 percent of your results.
  8. PRIORITIZE based on what accomplishes the most with the least effort.

9. How to Use LinkedIn Effectively

  1. YOUR personal brand will define how people see you.
  2. GET a professional portrait and expunge unprofessional ones.
  3. CUSTOMIZE your résumé to match your career goals.
  4. SOLICIT recommendations that are realistic and relevant.
  5. AVOID blogging, unless you’re being paid to do so.
  6. KEEP your irrelevant opinions off the internet.

10. How to Land a Job Interview

  1. CREATE and sell your own job description, if possible.
  2. GET a current employee to recommend you, if possible.
  3. CUSTOMIZE your résumé to match the job description.
  4. EXPLAIN “who I am” in terms of the specific job.
  5. DESCRIBE specifically how you helped former employers, not what you did.
  6. INCLUDE benefits that echo phrases from the job description.

11. How to Ace a Job Interview

  1. DON’T put all your eggs in this one basket.
  2. FIND out all you can about the hiring firm.
  3. DEVISE questions that show you’ve done your research.
  4. REHEARSE answers to the standard questions.
  5. WEAR what you’d wear if you worked there; don’t be late.
  6. GET the offer, then decide whether you really want the job.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES

12. What Great Bosses Believe About Their Jobs

  1. BUSINESS is an ecosystem, so cooperate, don’t fight.
  2. COMPANIES are communities, so treat people as individuals.
  3. MANAGEMENT is service, so make others successful first.
  4. EMPLOYEES are your peers, so treat them like adults.
  5. MOTIVATE with vision, because fear only paralyzes.
  6. CHANGE is growth, so welcome rather than shun it.
  7. TECHNOLOGY eliminates busywork and frees creativity.
  8. WORK is fun, so don’t turn it into a chore.

13. How to Create Loyal, Effective Employees

  1. MANAGE individuals, not numbers.
  2. ADAPT your style to each person.
  3. MEASURE what’s truly relevant.
  4. ONLY one priority per person.
  5. STAY even-tempered.
  6. TAKE responsibility for your low performers.
  7. SHARE your thoughts and ideas.
  8. ASK questions rather than providing answers.
  9. TREAT everyone as equally as possible.
  10. DON’T expect more than you’re willing to give.
  11. EXPLAIN the reasoning behind your decisions.
  12. DON’T prevaricate, decide now!

14. How to Hire a Top Performer

  1. KNOW exactly whom you’re looking for.
  2. CONSTANTLY seek viable candidates.
  3. LOOK for character, not experience.
  4. RESILIENCE is the mark of potential greatness.
  5. SEEK out the self-motivated.
  6. ATTITUDE is all-important.
  7. DON’T settle for canned references.

15. How to Hold a Productive Meeting

  1. HAVE an agenda before you meet.
  2. PROVIDE background information.
  3. DON’T let the meeting meander.
  4. DOCUMENT what decisions were made.

16. How to Offer Constructive Criticism

  1. ADDRESS undesirable behaviors when they happen.
  2. OFFER praise, then identify the behavior you want changed.
  3. ASK questions to understand the “why” behind the behavior.
  4. AGREE upon a plan to change the behavior.
  5. MONITOR and reinforce the changed behavior.

17. How to Redirect a Complainer

  1. SCHEDULE a conversation when they try to start one.
  2. SET the agenda for the conversation as a “problem-solving” session.
  3. LISTEN respectfully to the entire complaint.
  4. ASK what the complainer plans to do.
  5. CONFIRM that your advice is truly wanted.
  6. PROVIDE your best advice (if it’s wanted).
  7. END the conversation at the first “Yeah, but….”

18. How to Fire Somebody

  1. TELL it like it is without the biz-blab.
  2. SHOW empathy for your co-workers.
  3. EXPLAIN why it’s happening, as far as you legally can.
  4. CUT quickly, heal, and move on.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CO-WORKERS

19. The Ten Types of Annoying Co-Workers

  1. WAFFLERS can’t decide, so force the issue.
  2. CONQUERORS must win, so make them team leaders.
  3. DRAMATISTS crave attention, so ignore them.
  4. ICONOCLASTS break rules needlessly, so avoid them.
  5. DRONERS are boring, so find something else to do.
  6. FRENEMIES sabotage, so keep them at arm’s length.
  7. TOADIES are irrelevant; be polite but ignore them.
  8. VAMPIRES leach energy, unless you stay upbeat.
  9. PARASITES steal credit, so track who’s contributed.
  10. GENIUSES are all talk, so pester them until they deliver.

20. How to Earn the Respect of Your Peers

  1. BE yourself rather than your role.
  2. SHOW interest in other people.
  3. SHARE the limelight.
  4. DRESS and groom to match your ambitions.
  5. PAUSE before speaking to mentally frame your thoughts.
  6. SPEAK from your chest without verbal tics or an end of sentence rise in pitch.

21. How to Play Clean Office Politics

  1. FIND OUT what other people need and want.
  2. BUILD mutually useful alliances with those you can trust.
  3. KEEP TRACK of the favors you owe and the ones owed you.
  4. USE your alliances at key points to help achieve your goals.

22. How to Recruit a Mentor

  1. MENTORS crave to teach people what they’ve learned.
  2. SEEK OUT mentors who have experience and skills you lack.
  3. ASK for advice and let the relationship develop.
  4. BE KIND when you outgrow the relationship.

23. How to Shine in a Meeting

  1. TREAT meetings as a possible way to advance your agenda.
  2. AVOID meetings that don’t serve your own agenda.
  3. DECIDE whether each meeting will be useful or useless.
  4. EITHER decline to attend or prepare well; no in between.
  5. TAKE notes, so you can speak coherently when it’s your turn.
  6. SPEAK confidently, and, if appropriate, segue into your agenda.
  7. PUBLISH your own “minutes” of the meeting.

24. How to Cope with an Office Bully

  1. DON’T try to calm the bully down or apologize.
  2. INSIST on respectful, professional behavior.
  3. IF the unprofessional behavior continues, leave the immediate area.
  4. COPE with your own emotions privately.
  5. REVISIT the issue at a later date.
  6. DECIDE whether the relationship is worth it.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS

25. The Five Rules of Business Communications

  1. KNOW your reason for communicating.
  2. PICK a medium that’s appropriate for the other person.
  3. SIMPLIFY your message for easy mental consumption.
  4. EDIT out all buzzwords and corporate-speak.
  5. AVOID jargon, unless dealing with fellow experts.

26. How to Have a Productive Conversation

  1. KNOW the reason you’re having a conversation.
  2. IGNORE your internal dialog.
  3. LISTEN carefully to the other person.
  4. CONSIDER what was said and echo it back.
  5. RESPOND with something that adds to the conversation.

27. How to Write a Compelling Email

  1. KNOW what decision you want made.
  2. EXPRESS that decision as a conclusion at the beginning.
  3. SUPPORT that conclusion with simple arguments.
  4. PROVIDE evidence to bolster each argument.
  5. REPEAT your conclusion as an action item.
  6. WRITE the subject last and include a benefit.

28. How to Create a Great Presentation

  1. PLAN OUT an emotional journey for the audience.
  2. FLAG the places where the audience will feel emotions.
  3. BUILD a story that creates the emotions in that order.
  4. ARRANGE everything into a simple structure.
  5. MAKE slides relevant, short, simple, and readable.
  6. CUSTOMIZE your presentation and rehearse it.

29. How to Deliver a Great Presentation

  1. STAND UP rather than remain seated when you speak.
  2. CHECK your equipment in advance.
  3. HAVE somebody else introduce you.
  4. SET AND RESPECT a time limit.
  5. AVOID “warm-up” jokes, unless you’re a comedian.
  6. ADJUST your presentation to the “feel” of the room.
  7. LESSEN stage fright by speaking to individuals, not the entire audience
  8. SPEAK directly to audience members.
  9. DON’T meander and skip.
  10. MAKE eye contact with multiple people.

30. How to Work a Room

  1. BE CURIOUS about people and what they do.
  2. WHEN ASKED, describe yourself in terms of the value you provide.
  3. IF the other person seems uninterested, move on.
  4. EXPLAIN how you’re different from the competition.
  5. IF the other person seems uninterested, move on.
  6. OPEN a conversation to assess mutual needs.
  7. IF interest continues, ask for a real meeting.

31. How to Negotiate a Deal

  1. DEFINE what’s on the table in the deal.
  2. DECIDE what’s important to you and what’s not.
  3. HAVE reasons why those things are important to you.
  4. RESERVE a plan B, so your hand isn’t forced.
  5. LET the other person open the negotiation.
  6. WORK together rather than digging your heels in.
  7. CREATE a deal that reflects what you both value.
  8. STOP negotiating when the bulk of the deal is defined.

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BOSS

32. The Twelve Types of Bosses

  1. VISIONARIES are inspiring but can act like jerks.
  2. CLIMBERS want to get ahead, so expect no loyalty.
  3. BUREAUCRATS hate change, so document everything.
  4. PROPELLERHEADS love gadgets, so become an expert.
  5. FOGEYS want respect, so recruit them as mentors.
  6. WHIPPERSNAPPERS are insecure, so don’t make suggestions.
  7. SOCIAL DIRECTORS love consensus but may suddenly explode.
  8. DICTATORS make fast decisions but cause disasters.
  9. SALES STARS would rather be selling, so let them do so.
  10. HATCHET MEN execute layoffs, so get another job pronto.
  11. LOST LAMBS need your help but may get dependent on you.
  12. HEROES are rare, so enjoy them while it lasts.

33. How to Keep Any Boss Happy

  1. DO what you say you’ll do.
  2. KEEP your boss in the loop.
  3. CARE about your quality of work.
  4. ACCEPT decisions when they’re made.
  5. SOLVE problems without whining.
  6. BE concise and clear.
  7. MAKE your boss successful.

34. How to Get the Best from Your Boss

  1. COMMUNICATE what you need in order to do your best.
  2. KEEP your manager informed of your progress.
  3. MAKE a case for keeping you in your job.
  4. ENSURE that everyone knows how much you contribute.
  5. UNDERSTAND your boss’s goals and desires.
  6. CULTIVATE a common interest.

35. How to Ace Your Performance Review

  1. FIND OUT what you must accomplish and document the conversation.
  2. TRACK and report on your accomplishments against your metrics.
  3. WRITE your performance review draft or provide “inputs” to same.
  4. IF the boss attempts to renege, insist on some other reward.

36. How to Handle an Unreasonable Request

  1. BE flexible about what’s unreasonable.
  2. IF you accept the task, negotiate something in return.
  3. CULTIVATE the courage to say no.
  4. REMEMBER that once you do it, it’s part of your job.

37. How to Ask for a Raise

  1. DON’T bother discussing what you need, want, or expect to be paid.
  2. BASE your proposed raise on your financial contribution.
  3. LET your boss know how much it would cost to replace you.
  4. GATHER information to buttress your case.
  5. ESTABLISH a discrepancy between your value and your pay.
  6. FIELD objections, so they reinforce your case.
  7. PUSH until you’ve gotten a commitment with a number.

Excerpted and adapted from the book Business Without the Bullsh*t, by Geoffrey James.  © 2014 by Geoffrey James.  Reprinted by permission of Business Plus.  All rights reserved.

mackleroniand-cheese  asked:

I read that you went to culinary school and I'm thinking of going (I'm a senior in high school) but people have discouraged me despite how much I love baking and I was wondering if you could give me any advice thank you!

please don’t go.

all of these people that are discouraging you are right in doing so. it sounds terrible of me to say that, but please, hear me out.

culinary school isn’t all that great. yes, the education is wonderful. you learn so many things. you make good connections with people. your degree can potentially help you get a job. but then there’s the debt. the crippling debt that comes from young people in the US that go to college with big dreams for a bright future that becomes nothing but a storm ahead, completely ruined by the absolute horrible fate that is the fact that you will be paying the rich white men of america most of everything you’ll ever earn for the rest of your life.

you will be working in an industry that only pays well if you can find yourself in the right place. most of the time you start from the ground up, degree or no degree. your degree is paper; restaurant employers care about experience. yes, your piece of fancy paper says that you know how to do things, but they don’t know if you can actually do things or not. a lot of people find it easy to cheese their way through culinary school, and employers know this. 

if you want to be paid well in a restaurant, even if it’s not to start out, they want to know that you can handle the work. showing them that you paid a minimum of 40k for a piece of paper isn’t going to show them that. having credible experience will make them more likely to hire you, and even to pay you more than the basic minimum wage.

but yani, you ask, how am i supposed to get a restaurant job if i don’t have a degree to help me get one? 

the answer? bug the fuck out of people. 

use websites like linkedin or snagajob and start building a work profile. even if it’s empty of restaurant experience, there are still people that will take in fresh hands to their business. if you have time, try volunteering at some local businesses in your area, like perhaps a soup kitchen or even a non-hospitality business, like a library. when employers see that you are willing to dedicate your time to working somewhere even if you aren’t getting paid for that, they see a strong work ethic, and they really like that. once you get that taken care of, start using that online resume to start applying to places. apply to literally every place, even if it’s fast food. when you’re starting out, you really can’t afford to be picky. 

you will get a job. it might take awhile, but you will get one. people will hire you. they can’t afford to be picky either. and with summer coming out, i’d suggest you get on top of things now before school lets out. if you wait too long, you’re going to get completely overlooked because employers will be eager to hire a bunch of unruly teenagers to work for them because they can pay them the absolute minimum and the teens can’t complain about it.

this sort of went pretty far off from your original question, but i can’t emphasize enough that you getting a degree will help you very much. it honestly hasn’t helped me, but my work experience has. i remember one interview where the employer literally told me that she didn’t care about my culinary college experience; she only cared about how i performed in a real kitchen, not in a cooking lab. and in the end, that’s all it really boils down to, anyway.

besides, you could go start getting this degree and find out that you don’t like culinary school. what will you do then? or you get your degree and can’t get a job right away. what will you do then? or maybe you’ll have your degree, get a cooking or baking job, and then find out that you actually hate working in the industry. now what will you do with that degree?

my most pure advice is work before you pay to work, especially in the culinary world. i had never understood how people could just so easily say that going to culinary school is a waste of time and money, until i experienced it for myself. i really regret having spent so much money on a degree that i don’t even need.

this is just all of my opinion though!! please, don’t just take it with a grain of salt, but don’t take it as the law, either.

best of luck!!