Working in the service industry gets a bad reputation most of the time. And while it is not for the faint-hearted, the lessons you learn while working in the service industry will benefit you for the rest of your life. Here is why every adult should be required to work at least a year in the service industry in order to be a decent human.
1. You will learn patience.
If you have ever worked in customer service in any type of way, you are actually an expert at practicing your patience. And what goes hand in hand with patience? De-escalation skills, which happen to be extremely helpful and healthy in every aspect of your life. You also rarely lose your mind over simple things, because you know it ain't no thing.
2. So you stop using the word "unacceptable" when you don't get what you want.
Once you work a shift in the service industry, you will cringe every single time you hear the word, no matter who is saying it. Not everything is going to go your way in life, and that is totally fine and definitely not the end of the world, let alone "unacceptable." P.S. The salesperson/server/whoever that you are complaining to, cannot actually do anything to change the matter for you, they don't make the rules.
3. Oh, the people you'll meet!
You will meet the worst people you'll ever meet working in customer service...but you will also find some of your best friends in the world in your coworkers.
4. You'll learn how to give your server or bartender the proper tip.
PSA: When we say that we live off of our tips, we're not making a cute joke. The federal government requires a minimum wage of $2.13/hour to employees that receive at least $30 a month in tips. Seem livable? Most server paychecks actually come out negative. While some establishments choose to pay a higher hourly rate, the majority do not. TIP YOUR SERVERS!!!
5. Most importantly, you will learn how to treat others with the respect they deserve.
Ever been told off by one of your friends or family members about the way you treated your server, cashier, bank teller, cab driver, customer service phone representative etc? Then this last one is definitely for you. Yes, you were taught manners growing up, but maybe you need a little refresher. The service industry workers that make your life a hell of a lot easier on a day to day basis exist as actual human beings and we deserve your respect.