Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Work – The number one reason we came to Florida

By Marielle Beetge

Many individuals considering joining the Workaway International program may think they’re jetting off to Florida for a working holiday, but if that’s what you had in mind then think again! 

The Workaway International program is anything but a holiday, and is instead an amazing working experience that moulds and shapes you for the global hospitality industry.

While you’re on the program, your off days are used to recover from hard work and long shifts, and this time should also be used to get personal things done.  While there is an opportunity for a few outings here and there, we unfortunately don’t always get a few days off in a row.

Don’t get me wrong, this experience is definitely something that is worthwhile for your future.  We are learning constantly, earning Dollars, and we are having a good time in the process! We do get the opportunity to travel and there are many other great opportunities for us too.

As it goes in the hospitality industry, you should be prepared to work 12 hour shifts on consecutive days at the country clubs, and be prepared to work hard!

My first few weeks were the most difficult. There was so much to learn and memorise – the various menus, unfamiliar foods, and international wines and liquors. It was tough, but I got the hang of it in the end.  My next challenge was getting on the floor and serving the guests.

The managers watch you closely to make sure you are doing your job and that you are implementing your training, and are always on hand to offer assistance.  I soon realised that it was all a learning curve, and after successfully completing the training process, I came to understand that the managers are my friends. They watch our backs and support us.

To be in this industry requires a thick skin and quite a bit of patience with the members and guests you are serving, but once you pull through you are able to take everything in your stride.

Each person’s experience on this program is different, but one thing is for sure: Expect to work hard and learn harder. It will all be worth it in the end!

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