Personal Narrative: My Work Experience In The Restaurant Industry

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For the last 9 years I have worked in the restaurant industry. Dishwasher, bus girl, hostess, waitress, you name it and I have worked it. I have never been afraid to get my hands dirty and feel blessed for my work experience. The crazy restaurant world has taught me a strong work ethic, communication skills, and many other crucial life lessons that cannot be bought. In the summer before my junior year at UMass Amherst my dad took a large cut in his salary and informed me that he would no longer be able to pay for my college. I was disappointed and discouraged, yet I knew somehow I had to continue on with school. Education has always been my passion in life and first priority. I decided to live at home and enrolled in UMass Boston. Throughout the semester I …show more content…
Common restaurant problems include a food error, either by the kitchen or the server, or long ticket times. It is my job to accommodate for each issue and make the guest happy. This has taught me to be patient and understanding with other people and work under stressful situations. Multitasking is your best friend as a server. Each server has several tables at a time and it is their job to prioritize and strategize to give the most efficient service. A great tool to use is making strong relationships with coworkers and working as a team. Working in a restaurant teaches an individual how to be a team player. It takes several hands to properly run a restaurant. One of the greatest attributes I have gained from my experience as a waitress is a strong work ethic. Working 12-hour shifts without a break or food builds character. It has taught me to put my needs aside and get the job done. Overall
I feel blessed for my time working in a restaurant. It has given me financial security throughout high school and college and taught me life lessons that have molded me into the well-rounded individual I am

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