Keen to pursue a career in hospitality
Taya-Ann Williams reports on her recent work experience at Yaralla Sports Club.
ON March 16 I began work experience at Yaralla Sports Club, where I engaged in many tasks expected of a typical bartender.
These included pouring beer and mixing basic spirit drinks and, as the bar has an inbuilt café, I was also making basic café food such as sandwiches, wraps and salads.
On the first day I went to into the sports club clutching my bag with nervous anticipation as I waited to greet the woman who would become my duty manager.
She gave me a tour on the place explaining the current renovations being undertaken and I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place.
I was happy to be working in such a well-established modern business.
After putting my stuff in my assigned locker, I was led to the bar where I would spend my week.
Meeting one of the many friendly staff working there, I was soon set to work washing glasses as it is their routine for Mondays.
It may have seemed bothersome but as one of the staff members pointed out, "You have to start at the bottom, doing the worst jobs before you can work your way up and do the best".
After Monday my days consisted of making food and pouring beer; a typical week in the life of a bartender, and after my experience working at Yaralla I will consider working in the hospitality industry in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.