Being at university was a wonderfully strange experience. I’m definitely a life-long learner and lover of education, but when it came to the social side of things, I found myself in a bit of limbo.
I’d say that I’m an extroverted-introvert. I love people, I love talking and laughing and being in lively, social situations, but the partying scene wasn’t for me. As they say, I’m a pub girl, not a club girl.
So, with this in mind, I got myself a part-time job at a pub! The first day that I moved to my new city, I introduced myself to my new manager and started work the following week. During my 3 years at uni, I came across a handful of people that also had a part-time job, and here are a few reasons why I’m proud of mine:
1. It was so beneficial from a financial perspective. My student loan didn’t cover my accommodation, let alone food and spare funds! I’m a big saver so I’m very grateful now for every penny I managed to put away!
2. It provided a space for me to escape, not think about work, not think about my relationships, and anything else that was going on outside of the four walls of the pub.
3. I got to meet an incredibly interesting mix of people, made life-long friends, and got a few free drinks here and there! I got to meet industry connections who I never would have met without my work. At the pub, we’d always get talking to our regulars and customers about who they are, what they do, etc, which then lead them to ask more about me, my studies, my goals. I was put in touch with some incredible people and learned about their pasts, their stories, their lives. It was actually really inspiring.
4. t really helped me to balance my time. As time went on, I found that the less ‘free time’ I had, the more effectively I balanced the time that I did have. I was able to socialise at work, but also had time to go out, see friends, visit family, etc. I always stuck to my deadlines, and I managed to fit a lot into my 3 years at university that I don’t think I would have achieved without my bar job! I think it says something about my drive and work ethic. I’m a worker, naturally, and having a job from the day I started uni, to the day I left, proves this to any future employers.
5. And finally, I had fun! Don't get me wrong, I had to deal with some incredibly drunk people, clean up a lot more vomit than I’d have liked, spilled many a drink over myself, and stunk like beer 99% of the time when I got home at 3am. BUT the vast majority of my uni memories live and breathe in that pub. I was really fortunate to have a great manager, a great team, great regulars, and I loved working there.
I’m proud of my part-time bar job, and always will be - Cheers!! 🍺