This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Next time you go out in your town or city, look around at all the business old and new. What sticks out? Restaurants. There always seems to be a new one popping up. It signals constant growth and vitality. That means jobs; Restaurants: The Launchpad to Career Growth.
The foodservice industry has always been dynamic. An ever-changing marketplace, awash with chances to grow your skills, your income and your long-term wealth. Nine out of 10 restaurant workers 35 or older have jumped up to higher-paying positions after breaking into foodservice. That is an unrivaled success rate.
But it goes beyond just the veterans. Rookie restaurant employees enjoy rather quick advancement as well. 71% of employees aged 18-24 find themselves in a more lucrative spot after their first job washing dishes, bussing tables or whatever they start out doing in restaurants.
Those trends are true across all foodservice segments, from quick service to full service and across all positions in restaurants, from managers to servers to chefs to corporate employees in business operations.
Seeking employment in these industries is a good bet on your future. Patronizing these establishments make sense too, because that means you are supporting hard-working job creators in your community.
With all the restaurants, that means there is a wide range of opportunities for employees to grow and try out different styles of foodservice. Many bartenders, servers and even managers have worked at multiple establishments throughout their careers. Once you put in your time at one place, the skills and experience you gain in food preparation and/or service can translate across any of your stops along the foodservice spectrum.
When you work at a restaurant, it stays with you. Your career is informed and shaped by each stop you make. Whether you start out hustling by the fryer or slinging drinks behind the bar, the work ethic, on-the-job knowledge and friendly-service style you develop stays with on your trajectory up the ranks. That is one of the many reasons foodservice can be the right career for you.