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Industries & Professions /
Food Service Workers
Applicants for jobs as waiters or other food service workers
usually do not need a high school diploma. Most employers, however,
favor applicants with some high school training, and graduation
from high school is generally considered a personal asset,
especially if you are planning a career in this industry. While in
high school, take family and consumer science classes to learn
about food preparation, storage, and presentation. Take basic math
classes because you will frequently be dealing with money and will
need to do addition, subtraction, and division. At some restaurants
waiters carry a certain amount of money with them and make change
for customers' bills right at the tables. To do this, you must make
quick and accurate calculations in your head. English and speech
classes should help you develop your communications skills, which
are very important for waiters to have. If you have hopes of moving
into management positions or owning your own food business someday,
take business and accounting classes as well. In some restaurants
that specialize in the foods of a certain country, servers might
need to speak a foreign language, so it is a good idea to take at
least one foreign language.
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