Earn as you learn – why hospitality is great career stepping stone

Earn as you learn – why hospitality is great career stepping stone
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Earn as you learn – why hospitality is great career stepping stone

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Watch good bar attendants and you’re sure to see some common traits. The most effective bar attendants are good listeners, socially perceptive and can quickly identify customer needs. In fact they’re always looking at extra ways to help people. They can also make people feel special and are great team players in a workplace.

Sounds like the sort of traits that anyone would want to develop to become job ready. 

Indeed, Australian research has shown that working in hospitality is a great help in developing the important people and communication skills that you need to climb the corporate ladder when you’ve finished your studies. It’s well known that employers are on the lookout for people with these critical skills in emotional intelligence, whether they’re hiring veterinary nurses, computer programmers or project managers.   

Right now, across Australia there are around 82,000 people working as either bar attendants or baristas. That puts these jobs in the top decile for careers in demand when rated against all jobs. (Australian Government, Job Outlook 2015) By the end of 2019 there are expected to be more than 50,000 new jobs in this profession – enough to replace people leaving the industry and even more to cater for the extra demand expected.

So how does this affect you as a student? Most students will have to do some sort of part-time or full-time work while studying to keep financially afloat. So, why not make it in a growth area where jobs are plentiful and the skills are portable and adaptable to your future career?
Here’s the seven most important skills you will develop as a bar attendant or barista and the careers they can advantage you in. See the full list here:



Skill explanation

Careers that use these skills

Active listening

The art of giving full attention to what people are saying, taking time to understand the points they’re making and asking appropriate questions to really engage in the conversation.

Social worker
Child care, aged care or disability care worker

Service orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people without necessarily being prompted.

Graphic designer
Real estate agent
Property manager

Social perceptiveness

Being aware of other people’s reactions.
Understanding why they react as they do in different situations.

Human resource manager
Safety advisor
Market researcher
Child care centre manager
Community worker


Articulating ideas clearly and succinctly using language the customer can understand

Animal carer
Disability advocate
Pharmacy assistant
Sales consultant
Customer service advisor

Critical thinking

Weighing up strengths, weaknesses and alternative solutions to a problem or situation

Computer technician
Systems analyst
Project manager
Sustainability officer


Adjusting actions in relation to other’s actions

Event manager
Hospitality coordinator
Payroll officer
Executive assistant
Office administrator


Monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

Quality officer
Small business operator
Department manager
Case co-ordinator
Employment co-ordinator
BAS consultant


TAFEnow has courses covering all these career areas, and more, so be sure to check out our course list at http://tafenow.com.au/course-list before planning your future career goals.

If you want a no-fuss option to getting qualified ready to find work as a bar attendant, TAFEnow has an online responsible service of alcohol course (RSA) that can be done in a few hours. The Skill Set SITSS00024 Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) is just $160, which includes being issued with the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing photo competency card ready to go job hunting.

So, with the busy summer and festive season coming up it’s time to get organised, get your RSA and find a job that will hone your people skills.

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