Why a Culinary Program is a Good Start for the Undecided Student

If you’re not sure what you want to be when you “grow up,” you’re not alone. An estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college with an undeclared major, and 75 percent of declared students change their major at least once before graduation.

Don’t be afraid to explore different careers before committing to one.

While the pressure to decide right now may feel intense, research shows that it is actually best to wait until the second year of college before choosing a specific course of action. One study suggested that investing time in summer workshops and short exploratory programs is a good way to keep moving forward after high school graduation. And if you’re thinking about going after a second degree to make that career switch, doing the same would be equally beneficial.

The University of Tennessee Conferences & Non-Credit Programs offers many different areas of study for undecided students to explore, including a 12-week culinary and catering certificate program. This certificate program will provide you with an abundance of practical knowledge and endless job opportunities. Read What Will I Learn in 12 Weeks at the UT Culinary & Catering Program? to learn more about what to expect when classes start.

Small investments pay off in the long run.

Most undecided students have some idea of what they’d like to do but get bored pretty easily, so it’s hard for them to commit to a one-track program. Going back to school again and again to pursue the “right” degree as your passions evolve can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining, so it’s best to make one small investment at a time to see if what you think you love is something you could do for the rest of your life and make a living.

The experience you leave with after graduating our culinary program will help you get a good job, even if you leave the culinary industry.

If you crave something different every now and then, a culinary certificate will open the door to a number of career possibilities. We’ll teach you not only how to cook like a pro, but also how to properly manage a food business and lead a team of diverse people with different skill sets. At the end of program, if you decide culinary is right for you, the networking you’ve done over the course of 12 weeks will help you find gainful employment after graduation.

Hate your job later down the road? No problem. You certificate will allow you to branch off in a different direction when you’re ready for a change of pace. Many of our students have gone from working in a corporate kitchen to working for a catering company to working for themselves. Even if you decide the culinary industry is not for you and want something completely different, what you learn in our program will still be valuable to you if you decide to apply for a supervisory role somewhere else.

Being unsure of where your path leads doesn’t mean you need to stop walking. A culinary program is a good way to figure out what and where you should invest.

If you’re interested in learning more about our program and the financial options available to you, join us for a free information session. For more details on when the next information session is available, contact Pam Quick at quickp@utk.edu or 865-974-3181.