Any tips for starting a career in the food industry?

I'm currently debating the Culinary Arts Certificate Program at Boston University. I'm wondering if it is worth it to do the program or to enter the industry and get experience in lieu of the program? The only issue is that I really don't have any culinary work experience as I work for a large corporation and so it might be hard to get my foot in the door. Any thoughts or advice?

 
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