Most of the restaurant servers start the job as a part-time job and end up loving the job as waiting on tables and taking orders etc. can be fun. Moreover the pay is fairly good as well, at least if compared to your age fellows busy graduating etc.; being a restaurant server is a far better job. Many end up as restaurant managers, and many decide on making it a career.
As for me, I started out my journey working as a server for years, and had an experience of being the manager for a while as well. I then moved to a big city to upgrade my skills and learn more. I enrolled in culinary school and after I had graduated, I strived my way to start managing prestigious restaurants. One of the greatest prizes was in getting a chance of meeting some celebrity chefs and working with them.
All the knowledge that sunk in with those trips to those specialized food markets and those incredible restaurants, not to forget the farmhouses, well, it made me a different person. Someone with all the knowledge about serving, someone who could differentiate between different types of cheese or between many different kinds of mushrooms or someone who had grown up doing all of this that had become a pro. That person wanted more.
Once with all the management experience, I began as a restaurant consultant. From clients from big companies such as Starbucks etc., to clients with smaller companies, I dealt with them all. I then planned out my future ten years and started on my very own upscale restaurant. That was the climax of my career, one of the best times of my life.
Soon the economy crisis put my career on a hold, our company had to be sold out and brought me back to where I started from. Much devastated and broken as I was, I decided to put that to a rest and move on with something else. I thought that meant having to start from scratch, I thought my knowledge and skills had all gone to waste. But I was wrong. I did research on career management and figured my career was after all not in transition. My abilities and what I was capable of could have been put to use in a different career. So here are some careers or those restaurant servers like me who plan on a career transition.
- Event planning
- Facility management
- Project management
- Sales and administration.
So pinpoint your strongest qualities and go for a career transition.