What does it teach you to be a waiter

What do you learn as a waiter? Exactly these 5 things!

The job as a waiter is very popular, especially among young people, because regardless of age or professional experience, everyone can usually find a suitable position relatively quickly. Working as a waiter also offers you certain advantages, such as the (non-taxable) tip or the leftover food that you can take home with you. Of course, life in the restaurant business is not always child's play, because you often have to deal with annoying guests or the constantly screaming cook. However, it is precisely these rather negative aspects of being a waiter that can teach you a few valuable things for life. Here are the 5 most important:

1. Patience

The first, and probably most important, lesson you will learn as a waiter is how to be patient with other people, even if you hate them. Because especially in the gastronomy you will meet enough guests who behave unreasonably rude and still want to be treated like royalty by you. This is why you learn to be patient very quickly in this job, even if your customers complain about the time it takes to prepare the meal, keep asking for extra things and then “forget” the tip.

As a waiter, you have a service function and must not let yourself be irritated by your guests, but instead exercise patience. If you start to get upset about such little things, then at some point you will only be in a bad mood and no longer want to do your work, which in the end will only harm you. So learn right from the start to ignore these small meanings of everyday life, always put on a smile and think nothing more, because the nice guests are sure to come!

2. Multitasking

At some point in your life, probably sooner rather than later, you will definitely need the technique of multitasking. So if you want to learn how to do several things at the same time and still keep track of things, then a job as a waiter is the right thing for you. During your working hours you have to take orders, forward them to the kitchen and then bring the finished dishes / drinks to your guests, polish cutlery, clean trays, set tables and clear them again, etcetera - and of course all of this at the same time!

As you can see, multitasking is an essential part of your waiter job, because otherwise you would at some point become totally stressed with your many tasks. To be confronted with this hectic pace every day also helps you to master this technique relatively quickly and then nothing will disturb you later!

3. Social interaction

Whether with the boss, colleagues or your guests - in gastronomy you are constantly surrounded by other people and are constantly in direct contact with them. This way you will learn pretty quickly how to speak to different groups of people, which tone is appropriate for which clientele and which words (which you might use privately) should be avoided at work. As a waiter, you will also learn to communicate in a structured and clear manner, because a well-functioning service team that works together efficiently is based on this. The ability to speak polite and friendly with anyone, even if they are disagreeable or rude to you, will also help you a lot in your later professional life.

4. Leave the negative behind

As already mentioned above, in your career as a waiter you will surely meet unpleasant guests who will try to spoil your day - and still you have to entertain them. Of course, it can also happen that you drop one or the other full plate or the tray with the freshly filled glasses. These are all not positive experiences, but also no reasons to be sad, because life goes on and the next morning you still get up again and go to work. Therefore, another skill that you are sure to acquire in the hospitality industry is that of being able to leave negative experiences behind you more easily. So you learn: No matter what happens to you during your shift, it is definitely not the end of the world, but a good story that you can tell your friends afterwards!

5. Appreciate good service

If you've ever worked in a catering business, you know how much effort goes into every cocktail, main course and dessert, and how strenuous the work as a waiter can actually be. So from now on, if you go to a full restaurant during one of the high phases of the day, for example at lunchtime, you will (thanks to your own experience) understand the hardworking waiters and not complain about every little mistake. You will also be able to tell the difference between good and bad service and learn to appreciate it accordingly - and of course reward it with a tip!