Since my husband is home this summer (he's a teacher) I decided to bite the bullet and get some bakery experience. I figured that would let me know if this is something I should keep a hobby, or whether it's worth persuing in school and eventually as a full time career.
I've e-mailed a few bakery's in my area (my area meaning the nearest big city that has bakeries and cake shops). I also e-mailed a smaller, gourmet grocery store about cake decorating positions.
So far, I've had the grocery store respond and say they are hiring for cake decorators part time.
I've also had one very talented cake shop owner e-mail me to say she is hiring unpaid interns this summer and to call her.
I plan on calling the cake shop owner, but I have e-mailed her to ask how many days and hours she's looking for. Her shop is about 35 minutes away without traffic, and if the highway becomes bumper to bumper you could be talking closer to an hour (at the worst).
I'm thinking that if I could intern one day a week for 9 hours or something, that would be great. With the price of gas, to have to drive that commute on my dime on a regular basis would be difficult, not to mention I do have young kids. However, one day a week I could absolutely arrange. I'm not sure if she'd be open to that arrangement... those of you that have bakeries and shops, would having help just one full day or night a week be helpful to you?
Also, if it turns out that I'd have to agree to more than just one day... what would you do as a complete novice wanting to gain experience and see how enjoyable this is as a job: Work part time for $ as a decorator at a gourmet grocery store, or intern (costig you gas money) for free a few days a week at a talented wedding shop.
I would definately take the cash-especially in this economy where every extra penny helps- even if it's just enough money to fill your gas tank!
I'm guessing the intern job will be there later either way. Who's gonna turn down free labor??? But at the grocery, you'll still get your experience and find out if you like it. Good luck with whatever you choose!!