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RESTURANT BUSSER, IN-DEPTH: My Work And Life Are Frenemies

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This restaurant busser describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. In order to get this job, he had to sacrifice a trip that he had planned, but he knew that work was more important so that was what won out in the end.

Job Title: Restaurant Busser
Employer: Saturn's Cafe

Job Summary: Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

Job Description

Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in full-service restaurants, casual dining eateries, and other eating and drinking places.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $20,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Long hours, Part-time, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Physically demanding, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Detail oriented, Patience, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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<span m='13670'>I</span> <span m='13770'>could</span> <span m='13800'>just</span> <span m='13980'>go</span> <span m='14150'>home</span> <span m='14430'>with</span> <span m='14690'>whatever</span> <span m='15000'>little tips</span> <span m='15400'>I</span> <span m='15490'>have,</span> <span m='15830'>and</span> <span m='16210'>be</span> <span m='16770'>fine</span> <span m='17020'>with</span> <span m='17180'>it.</span> <span m='17730'>That</span> <span m='18150'>way,</span> <span m='18300'>I'm</span> <span m='18430'>able</span> <span m='18640'>to</span> <span m='18720'>save.</span> </p><p><span m='19090'>But</span> <span m='19390'>aside from</span> <span m='19850'>that,</span> <span m='20120'>I</span> <span m='20220'>love</span> <span m='20430'>my</span> <span m='20530'>coworkers.</span> <span m='20990'>They're</span> <span m='21160'>awesome.</span> <span m='22760'>My</span> <span m='22890'>boss</span> <span m='23310'>is</span> <span m='23450'>awesome.</span> <span m='24590'>The</span> <span m='24690'>owner</span> <span m='25390'>keeps</span> <span m='25830'>in</span> <span m='25960'>contact</span> <span m='26390'>with</span> <span m='26520'>me</span> <span m='26770'>on</span> <span m='26890'>a</span> <span m='26950'>daily</span> <span m='27240'>basis</span> <span m='27545'>just</span> <span m='27850'>to</span> <span m='27940'>see</span> <span m='28090'>how</span> <span m='28280'>I'm</span> <span m='28410'>doing,</span> <span m='28870'>how I'm</span> <span m='29430'>catching</span> <span m='29850'>up,</span> <span m='30150'>and</span> <span m='30830'>see</span> <span m='30980'>if I've</span> <span m='31140'>memorized the</span> <span m='31610'>menu.</span> <span m='32220'>And</span> <span m='33340'>just</span> <span m='33750'>seeing</span> <span m='34090'>what</span> <span m='34410'>my</span> <span m='34540'>schedule's</span> <span m='34990'>like,</span> <span m='35170'>so</span> <span m='35260'>then</span> <span m='35520'>he could--</span> <span m='35750'>he's</span> <span m='36320'>very</span> <span m='36490'>present</span> <span m='37030'>with</span> <span m='37340'>all</span> <span m='37590'>of us.</span> <span m='37770'>So</span> <span m='38610'>that's</span> <span m='38760'>what</span> <span m='38870'>I</span> <span m='38890'>like</span> <span m='39090'>about</span> <span m='39830'>my</span> <span m='40200'>staff</span> <span m='40630'>and</span> <span m='41160'>me</span> <span m='41330'>being</span> <span m='41590'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='42260'>Sometimes</span> <span m='42910'>it</span> <span m='43030'>gets</span> <span m='43180'>really</span> <span m='43380'>busy.</span> <span m='43670'>And</span> <span m='44020'>I</span> <span m='44450'>can't</span> <span m='44900'>do</span> <span m='45710'>two</span> <span m='45920'>things</span> <span m='46150'>at</span> <span m='46250'>once,</span> <span m='46560'>so</span> <span m='47130'>I</span> <span m='47250'>have</span> <span m='50770'>a</span> <span m='50850'>counter</span> <span m='51275'>host--</span> <span m='54010'>or,</span> <span m='54320'>a</span> <span m='54420'>counter</span> <span m='54720'>bus.</span> <span m='55470'>So</span> <span m='55690'>he's</span> <span m='56090'>doing</span> <span m='56380'>half</span> <span m='56640'>my</span> <span m='56760'>job.</span> <span m='57000'>When</span> <span m='57130'>I'm</span> <span m='57250'>too</span> <span m='57390'>busy,</span> <span m='57650'>he's</span> <span m='57820'>also</span> <span m='58970'>helping</span> <span m='59250'>me</span> <span m='59380'>with</span> <span m='59500'>that.</span> <span m='59730'>But</span> <span m='59830'>he's</span> <span m='60020'>mainly</span> <span m='60460'>just</span> <span m='60620'>at the</span> <span m='60690'>counter.</span> <span m='61090'>It's</span> <span m='61490'>pretty cool.</span> </p><p><span m='62470'>The</span> <span m='62630'>key</span> <span m='62830'>decision</span> <span m='63300'>I</span> <span m='63440'>made</span> <span m='63730'>to</span> <span m='63820'>get</span> <span m='63980'>my</span> <span m='64239'>job</span> <span m='65740'>was--</span> <span m='67600'>it's</span> <span m='67720'>funny.</span> <span m='68260'>I was</span> <span m='68410'>going to</span> <span m='68570'>go</span> <span m='68690'>to</span> <span m='68780'>LA</span> <span m='69210'>the</span> <span m='69320'>day</span> <span m='69560'>they</span> <span m='69700'>hired</span> <span m='70050'>me.</span> <span m='72180'>I</span> <span m='72290'>was</span> <span m='72440'>going</span> <span m='72540'>to</span> <span m='72580'>go</span> <span m='72730'>out</span> <span m='72900'>to</span> <span m='72980'>have fun,</span> <span m='73380'>because</span> <span m='73570'>I've</span> <span m='73680'>never been</span> <span m='73870'>to</span> <span m='74370'>LA</span> <span m='74580'>before.</span> <span m='75020'>And</span> <span m='76080'>right</span> <span m='76370'>when I was</span> <span m='76520'>about</span> <span m='76690'>to</span> <span m='76990'>start</span> <span m='77510'>packing,</span> <span m='77830'>that's</span> <span m='78030'>when</span> <span m='78260'>my</span> <span m='78350'>boss</span> <span m='78650'>called me. He's like,</span> <span m='78990'>hey,</span> <span m='79390'>you're hired.</span> <span m='79550'>I</span> <span m='79650'>want</span> <span m='79790'>you to</span> <span m='80070'>start</span> <span m='80490'>Wednesday.</span> <span m='80720'>I</span> <span m='80850'>was like,</span> <span m='81195'>oh, I just</span> <span m='81540'>want</span> <span m='81680'>to</span> <span m='81720'>go</span> <span m='81820'>to LA.</span> </p><p><span m='82830'>And</span> <span m='83560'>I</span> <span m='83700'>said</span> <span m='84000'>no.</span> <span m='84360'>But</span> <span m='84480'>then</span> <span m='84660'>again,</span> <span m='84880'>I</span> <span m='84920'>called</span> <span m='85150'>him</span> <span m='85230'>back,</span> <span m='85420'>because</span> <span m='85480'>I</span> <span m='85870'>figured</span> <span m='86420'>the</span> <span m='86500'>job</span> <span m='86730'>was</span> <span m='86800'>more</span> <span m='86940'>important.</span> <span m='87410'>So</span> <span m='88310'>I</span> <span m='88550'>skipped</span> <span m='88900'>LA</span> <span m='89050'>and</span> <span m='89370'>I</span> <span m='89450'>decided</span> <span m='89840'>to take my</span> <span m='90180'>job.</span> <span m='90360'>Because</span> <span m='90600'>you know,</span> <span m='91830'>I</span> <span m='92340'>needed</span> <span m='92550'>to</span> <span m='92640'>move</span> <span m='92800'>out.</span> <span m='93180'>I</span> <span m='94270'>needed</span> <span m='94440'>to</span> <span m='94530'>make</span> <span m='94720'>some</span> <span m='94850'>kind</span> <span m='95000'>of</span> <span m='95070'>money.</span> <span m='95450'>So</span> <span m='96210'>LA</span> <span m='96560'>can</span> <span m='96810'>wait.</span> <span m='97210'>The</span> <span m='97610'>job</span> <span m='97870'>couldn't,</span> <span m='98206'>though.</span> </p><p><span m='98880'>Work/</span> <span m='99120'>life</span> <span m='99350'>balance.</span> <span m='99670'>That's</span> <span m='99770'>hard.</span> <span m='100750'>Because</span> <span m='100820'>I</span> <span m='100880'>get</span> <span m='101000'>distracted</span> <span m='101420'>easily.</span> <span m='103340'>I</span> <span m='103490'>try</span> <span m='103820'>to</span> <span m='103940'>take</span> <span m='104150'>days</span> <span m='104420'>off</span> <span m='104730'>when</span> <span m='105110'>my</span> <span m='105460'>friends</span> <span m='105730'>are</span> <span m='105780'>having</span> <span m='106030'>events</span> <span m='106350'>and</span> <span m='106430'>stuff.</span> <span m='106810'>But</span> <span m='108990'>sometimes</span> <span m='109520'>that</span> <span m='109580'>can't</span> <span m='109860'>really</span> <span m='110030'>happen.</span> <span m='110440'>So</span> <span m='110560'>it's</span> <span m='110720'>a</span> <span m='110780'>bit</span> <span m='110920'>of</span> <span m='110970'>a</span> <span m='111020'>conflict</span> <span m='111490'>sometimes,</span> <span m='111990'>because</span> <span m='114140'>I</span> <span m='114270'>do</span> <span m='114400'>have</span> <span m='114520'>a</span> <span m='114570'>big</span> <span m='114740'>social</span> <span m='115050'>life.</span> <span m='115470'>And</span> <span m='115880'>I</span> <span m='116380'>love</span> <span m='116840'>to</span> <span m='116970'>work.</span> <span m='117570'>But</span> <span m='118090'>sometimes</span> <span m='118630'>they</span> <span m='118900'>kind</span> <span m='119100'>of</span> <span m='119940'>have</span> <span m='120430'>conflicts.</span> <span m='121470'>They're</span> <span m='121935'>like</span> <span m='122310'>frenemies.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356122,"video_id":"3203448931001","name":"2007-Umar-p-RestaurantHost2 In-depth","duration":125528,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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