Bar staff or bartenders work in any establishment where drinks are prepared and served to paying customers.
Who can I work for?
The hospitality industry is enormous and bar staff can be found everywhere, although commonly working in pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants.
Where and when can I work?
There are many opportunities as bars are almost everywhere, in locations such as airports, universities, health clubs, trains and cruise ships. The hours are wide-ranging too with certain venues open throughout the night. However, more often bar staff work unsociable hours, during evenings and on weekends.
What qualifications do I need?
Bar staff rarely require formal qualifications but for long-term career minded individuals there are a variety of diplomas and awards available.
What attributes are needed?
You normally have to be over 18 to work in a bar, but can sometimes start at 16 under an apprenticeship scheme. Useful qualities to have as a bartender include an outgoing personality, good listener, numeracy skills, physical stamina and calmness under pressure.
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