This is for all of you out there who feel somewhat out of sorts that you are still waiting for that one part in the Broadway Show…..or that job that fits what you had planned when you got your college diploma…..or that one person who can take you away from all this – while you sling drinks and socialize for a living as a bartender. Well, I’ve got news for you. Bartending is a job!
I understand that most people cannot, for the life of them, see themselves catering to others and smelling of whiskey and beer even before taking a sip themselves, every night when they punch the clock to go home. However, let’s take a much deeper look into the occupation in itself.
If you were to look at bartending as a job and not as a fly-by-night gig that you don’t see yourself doing in a year, you may find that it’s a very lucretive business. But, you must look at the occupation as you would any other. If you put your time in to understand and become familiar with the more intriquette parts of the business, you will probably make more in this business than you will in the first five – ten years in the occupation you’ve paid thousands of dollars in college loans for.
Another thing that must be looked at is that bartending is THE BEST networking job that you can ever have. You will find that one job you’ve been looking for probably in the bar you’ll be working at if you carry yourself as a professional and show that you can handle the pressure in your current position. So, don’t take the job too lightly.
If you would have asked me twenty years ago if I felt I would still be in this business I would have laughed at you. Now, I’m proud to say that I took this job seriously and it has given me something to fall back on through the years. Now, after two layoffs the past six years in the “real world” in a corporate setting, I am doing it again full time and making more at it than I ever had!
The grass is never greener on the other side. Respect this occupation and it will reward you ten-fold!