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.