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Bartending teaches us so many transferable skills.
These skills that make a great bartender also happen to be those that future employers love to see on your resume (not just in the hospitality industry!).
So, what are they?


Transferable Skill #1 – CONFIDENCE

As a bartender, you are the first point of contact.


Bar work demands that you are always switched on, you have to be prepared to deal with anything that comes your way.


You have to be assertive when dealing with difficult customers, if somebody has had one too many you have to have the confidence to ask them to leave and show them you mean it.


On a daily basis, you’ll need to speak up in front of crowds of (sometimes boisterous) individuals. All of this requires confidence in yourself and in your work, it is one of the most important career skills out there.


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Transferable Skill #2 – LOYALTY

You’re willing to work long hours at the drop of a hat, at the weekends, and deal with situations that are more at home in a comedy TV show, this all demonstrates your dedication.


Despite the fact that drinks may spill, glasses may smash, and drunk people might hit on you, you push through it all because deep-down you can’t get enough of the industry and everything that comes with it.


Transferable Skill #3 – FLEXIBILITY

Flexibility works both ways in the bartending industry. Some days you’ll start work at 3 pm, this gives you time to have a well-deserved sleep in, hit the gym and go shopping all before you start work.


Then again, there will be times when someone will call in sick at the last minute, and you’ve got to miss out on Big Dave’s birthday bash and head into the bar.


Bar work gives a whole new meaning to the word flexibility. You must have good time management skills and the ability to serve multiple customers at the same time, just like an octopus with a Casio on.



Transferable Skill #4 – COMMUNICATION

There’s a reason why bartenders are often called the therapists of the hospitality world.


It’s one of the most social professions in the world; therefore, communication is key. Talking to people from different backgrounds on a daily basis teaches you how to approach people.


Bar work will make you 20 times more confident than you were before the job. You’ll learn how and when to talk, and most importantly when to take a step back and just listen.


A great bartender has the ability to connect with their customers instantly.


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Transferable Skill #5 – WORKING UNDER PRESSURE

“A round of shots, 3 Long Island Iced Teas, 4 Mojitos, surprise me, oh and I had this drink that had strawberries in it, it tasted like sweets, you know the one … !”

As a bartender, you must be prepared for anything and everything. Bar work requires you to remember extensive recipes for a massive number of cocktails, sometimes over 100! And, it’s not unusual for you to serve over 20 customers in the space of five minutes.


You’ve got to be quick on your feet, have good memory recall, and hand-eye coordination.


Working under pressure can be applied to many different roles outside of the hospitality industry.


Being able to work to deadlines under difficult conditions is something every employer looks for in a candidate.



There we have what believe to be the top 5 transferable skills that you learn from bartending.


These are skills that you need not just for bartending or hospitality, but for all jobs and even to help you get through life better.


Is bartending just a stepping stone for you? Do you want to be an actor, a teacher, an Olympic sprinter?


Well, guess what?


You’ll need confidence, loyalty, flexibility, communication and the ability to work under pressure.


All of the things you will 10x on whilst bartending


Comment below with other skills that are easily transferable.


Further Reading: The 20 Commandments Of Being A Bartender & What’s Expected Of A Bartender

Having worked within the hospitality trade for over 15 years I've done a lot. From scraping plates to the managing of 150+ staff and regularly creating thousands in revenue per week. My passion is creating a winning team that blows the competition away. There is no greater feeling than seeing the staff's achievements. So share away and let's all be better bartenders. | | The upkeep of this website can be thirsty work! Would you like to buy us a drink?

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