You’ve done it! You’ve braved the classes, lectures and exams and managed to make it out of college alive. That was the easy part, the hard part is figuring out what to do with yourself now that you’re a college graduate. Do you jump right into the competitive workforce? How will you pay off student loans? We recommend working as a barista. Even if you go one step further and get a job as a bartender you can still gain valuable skills that you can jot down in your CV.
1. Free and Discounted Coffee
As a college graduate you know just how valuable a cup of coffee is and working as a barista basically allows you unlimited access to the beans. This comes in handy especially when you’re scheduled to work those early morning shifts. Some shops even let you take full bags home!
Graduates could all use a little extra cash, especially after the hundreds you’ve spent on books over the years. Like serving, barista wages are on the lower end, but tips add up. Some baristas average an extra $60 a week on tips alone depending on the shop. Want to rake in more bills? Try changing your tip jar to a voting system that allows customers to drop dollars into the side they support. For example, Batman vs Superman or Milk vs Cream.
And don’t forget to smile!
Coffee is a staple for all walks of life from students, to artists, to businessmen. Fortunately, you’re the one serving them all and being a barista means you have to communicate with them even if it’s just for a little bit. Not to mention that a lot of business happens in coffee shops so you never know who you’re going to run into and regulars play an important part in your daily coffee brewing. Just ask this woman who became a personal banker through her Starbucks position.
You also get to become really close to your co-workers and additionally, there’s an array of barista ’support groups’ that you can join online and in person depending on your location.
4. Low-Key Work
Although coffee shops can get crazy busy, let’s face it, working as a barista isn’t really a career college graduates choose for the rest of their lives. But, it is the perfect in-between, low commitment work while you make your way up the career ladder. Unlike many other jobs, you won’t be expected to take your work home with you and so gives you the time to focus on other things like building your portfolio or attending extra classes.
5. Transferable Skills
After the dust settles from the early morning busy shifts and smelling like roasted coffee, baristas use and develop a variety of resume-worthy skills that can be transferred to an array of career building positions. Skills like the ability to work within a team, the ability to work under pressure, and your excellent customer service skills are all relevant to careers like law, medicine, and art.
See Also: How to Get Hired by Starbucks
Extra cash, the chance to network, and of course free coffee makes working as a barista the perfect post-college gig as you get used to tackling the ’real world’.