What skills do you get from working in a pub?
When it comes to working in a pub, there are some skills it’s helpful to have before you walk through the door, and others that you’ll pick up along the way. These may be specific skills you’ll need for your job, for example those developed through the apprenticeships that Greene King offers such as our chef apprenticeship, or life skills like dealing with difficult customers, something that happens to everyone working in hospitality at some point, unfortunately.
If you walk into a pub with no experience of pulling pints but plenty of enthusiasm and communication skills, you’re likely to find yourself being offered a job–attitude is everything in this business.
And, once you’ve started in your role, every day you’ll learn something new and become increasingly appealing to employers in future–or more valuable to the pub you’re working in, should you choose to stay. There are plenty of skills you’ll pick up that will be transferable no matter what industry you end up in, such as commercial awareness, numeracy skills and the critical ability to manage your time and do all the tasks you’re faced with in order of priority.
Then there are those skills that set you in good stead for life in general, whether that’s overcoming challenges or staying calm under pressure, critical life skills that will help you in all aspects of your life.
Lastly there are hospitality-specific things you will learn that you can use to dazzle friends and acquaintances. “Looking for a tonic to go with that gin? I can help with that.” “What dry white wine goes best with fish? Let me tell you.” What you learn working in a pub will never leave you.
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