How did you become interested in becoming a manager?
I had always thought about being a manager and how much I’d rather be in charge. After working for other people for years it just kind of seemed like a natural progression.
What steps would you recommend I take to prepare to enter this field?
There are limitless ways to prep yourself for whichever field you eventually choose. I fell into managing a restaurant and bar by chance more than by choice. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I went from bouncer, to bartender, to manager in a matter of months.
Definitely do your homework. Get to know the ins and outs of the industry. Look at statistics, what other establishments are doing and see what’s working …show more content…
Checking for general cleanliness, making sure there weren’t dishes or empty bottles left out. After that I would go up into my office and go through cash sheets, make sure the tills and everything balanced from the day before. While most places would have an Office Manager look after this sort of thing, this was my responsibility as well. Once they were all counted, then all of the liquor had to be measured and counted, then checked against the cash sheets. If everything balanced and checked out then I’d be okay to do up the bank deposit. If there was something off, then I would go through everything and figure out where the problem was. The rest of my day was typically spent pouring through emails, sorting through bills and making sure everything was getting paid on time. The bar where I worked also had a Board of Directors, so they would always be stopping in to see how things were going. Not much happened without their final stamp of …show more content…
I decided what we ordered, the entertainment we booked, I sat with our kitchen staff and decided on what the specials would be so we could do up adverts for social media. I also decided who got hired and who got fired, which was never an easy task.
What kind of education, training, or background does your job require?
I honestly didn’t have much training or education in this exact field, but what is technically required would be experience and/or background in the field. Preference is usually given to someone with a business degree, someone familiar with accounting and has solid common sense. While it’s great to be book smart, schooling doesn’t always prepare you for real life situations.
What advice would you give someone who is considering this type of job?
Do your homework. Know the company you’re going to be working for and familiarise yourself with what they do and how they operate. While yes, you would be a manager, even managers answer to higher powers (unless you’re self employed!) and they will be watching your every move. So will the people working with/for you. Some of them won’t like that you got the position. Be mentally prepared for that, they may try to judge you and make you second-guess your choices but ultimately you are the manager. Don’t be afraid to ask your superiors questions, they’ve usually been in your shoes at some point and can offer