Bartending is an attractive job for a lot of people. For others, it’s viewed as a lowly, solitary job that leaves bartenders feeling judged. In each of these scenarios, it is possible that the thoughts are fueled by varying misconceptions that seem to persist about the job. In fact, with bartending, there are a lot of popular beliefs about what it takes and what’s involved, that don’t have much of a foundation or are untrue in most cases.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that anyone can be a bartender, and a good one at that. However, being a bartender isn’t just about hanging out and drinking behind a bar. It’s a real job, with real responsibilities. For some, it’s possible to have a 401(k) with a bartending job, meaning you have a duty to work real hours, and do real work during that time you’re at work.
For some, that means working ten hour shifts, or two shifts in a day in some cases. Some people might also look on bartending as a second rate job that pays little money. However, there are some opportunities in big cities or high-class bars where the bartenders are known to reel in more than one-hundred thousand dollars in a year. Another thing is that there are, unfortunately, many people in the field that are heavy drinkers or worse. Another misconception is that bartending is always a happy, go-lucky type of job. While it is definitely a job that you can enjoy, there are also a few sacrifices you’ll have to learn to make. Bartending can, in many cases, put a strain on relationships. Work, family life, or work and relationship life can become difficult because of the long shifts and strange hours. Also, in regards to friends, it’s not unlikely that your friends will be having fun, partying together at the same time you’re working.
Source: Original article posted at ArtOfManliness.com.