Why Everyone Should Try To Work at a Restaurant at Least Once.

From opening doors and greeting the guest with a grin-ful smile to serving customers with their orders, there’s so much more work and things that you’ll learn when you work in a restaurant at least once in your lifetime. I had been working in a restaurant since last week and I just resigned for a more personal reasons. Anyhow, one of the reason I want to let it go is because I applied for a marketing assistant but no one ever warned me that being a marketing assistant means a personal slave of the marketing supervisor which also means being a construction worker/ waiter and everything else. It wasn’t what I bargained for.

But I loved it. I loved working there, the employees are great, experiencing the job of a waiter/ all-around is much more fulfilling than I thought it would be. It’s a challenge and there’s no plateau. Everyday is a new day, new customers and new experience. It taught me so much and my life will never be the same. Here are some few reasons why you should work in a restaurant at least once.

1.You will see that seconds can change your life forever.

When you’re living in New York city you may already know this, but when you’re living anywhere else, working for a restaurant will help you see that every second counts. Every second pass could result to a furious customer, or a ‘late’ written on your time record or could mean your job itself. You will learn how to work fast and effectively, because restaurant isn’t a place to embrace and enjoy regular pace which is good though, it helps everyone to value time… oh and when you finally got home? You don’t even want a second to pass without resting in bed and inevitably sleep without even changing clothes. Hey, working at a restaurant is draining!

2. You will learn that small things count big.

You know how it feels when you are assigned as a greeter and is responsible for opening doors and leading the customer to their tables? It’s harder than you think. There’s a customer that even though you greet them with an exhilarating greetings they would pretend like you didn’t even existed, continue walking pass through you and snob you and just sit on their own preferred tables (which could mean trouble to you). Some customer even look down upon you and just treat you like you owe your life to them. Which taught me that a simple smile and a ‘thank you’ could complete someone else’s day. It could help other people to make it through their day. Let’s stop looking at other people because of their job, we are all equal, we are all human beings. You even don’t know whether the one who you’re humiliating will be the one to save your life one day.

3. You will see different kinds of people.

You will see those filthy rich, snob, bitchy and asshole kinds of people, or you may see those very down to earth and compassionate people. Trust me, for 1 week of working there, I had encountered a great spectrum of human personalities. Some I would like to serve a very hot coffee that would melt their tongue and their internal organs and just die, and some I would like to give their orders for free and give them a hug and kiss (if I could). It’s quite interesting if you look at some point though.

4. You will finally understand a ‘waiter’s perception’.

Remember when you last dine-in in a restaurant and you raise your hand to call for a waiter but no one approaches you and you just went on full beast mode? You don’t know how it feels to serve 5 tables all at once. You don’t know how it feels to like go around with orders on your left hand and the drinks you’re going to serve on your right hand. It’s hell. It’s confusing, it’s stressful and the least you can do as a compassionate human being is to just keep your cool, observe other waiters if they are all busy and just…. wait. Don’t worry, there’s always going to be someone who will come to you and provide service to you. No need for drama.

5. You will learn about different stories of other people.

As I was working there, I interview some of my co-workers why they to choose to work there. Some said it’s just a stepping stone. Some said they love working with their employee-friends. Some said they enjoy the job and some said they needed the money. If you’re one of the person who wants to work for a restaurant to have a good income, you’re on the wrong path. Restaurants don’t offer that kind of salary you’re expecting and the worst thing that could happen is when you get sick because of stress, your salary would not be enough to cover your bills. The sad thing is that, the strain you feel in your whole body after a long day isn’t worth your wage. It’s not even enough to buy pain relievers, daily commuting expenses and your foods. Working for a service/food industry requires passion and a full spectrum of different personality and the ability to adapt on different kinds of situation.

So if you are one of those person who looks down on waiters or anyone who provides service, please be compassionate. There’s a lot of solution for your problem and it doesn’t include escalating it to the managers. You don’t know how much their job means to them and their families.

6. You learn to let go.

I’m not talking about letting go of your romantic partner, but hey! It could be! Anyhow, when you work in a restaurant be it you’re a cashier or a waiter or a greeter you’ll encounter those kinds of mean people and one of the skill you’re going to learn is let go of it. You will learn to let go of the words they said about you. You will learn to just shake it off and trust me, you can carry this even outside of your workplace. Because stress and holding grudge? It just wasn’t meant to stay. We’re just drinking the poison we created.

7. You will learn to be more compassionate.

As I was working there, I never see myself to become more compassionate and understanding than I ever was. When you work there, you will inevitably succumbed to your inner compassion. You’ll know it when you see some old lady with a handful of stuff on her way in and unconsciously, you’ll lend her a hand and lead them to their table. Not because it’s your job but because you just felt it. You just have the urge to help those in need.

8.You’ll learn and accept that life isn’t just.

Only when you work in a restaurant you’ll observe different kinds of people, those rich-mean kind of people and those not so much rich but very kind and sweet people. Now, maybe you’re wondering what does just have to do anything with working in a restaurant? Working there you’ll realize to yourself that even though you work so much hard than you probably think, you still don’t get what you deserve. On the one hand, those mean but very rich people just sit there on the couch, sipping a $50 glass of juice and not even completely drinking it. Just tasting it while their fingers are so busy working through their smartphone and god knows it is not even work. Nevertheless, you’ll come into a point where you accept that life isn’t just and the only choice you have is to deal with what you have and choose the best choice you know so far because life is like a box-full of chocolate, you’ll never know what you’ll get but you’re going to eat it anyways.

9. Your multi-tasking skill will be ultimately put into the test.

Remember how I said it’s very difficult to list the orders of the customers whilst there are some customers who are constantly seeking for attention? It’s damn true. It’s hard but quite fulfilling once you finally go home. You’ll just congratulate yourself for a job well done, even thought you boss thinks otherwise.

The good thing about this is that when you’re working in a restaurant or a fast food, unconsciously, you’re strengthening your multi-tasking skill which will inevitably be needed once you choose to change jobs.

10. You’ll learn how to cook… cook great.

Okay, maybe this varies from person to person. But somehow, for me, I learned some wicked cool recipes to spice up your ordinary dinner. Like how you can prevent your meat from shrinking when you grilled it by soaking it on baking soda with water… and a lot damn more. Trust me, my life had never been this cool.