Quitting the office to become a bartender - am I crazy?
December 28, 2012 9:21 AM Subscribe
I'm a mid-20s secretary and I want to quit and become a waitress or bartender, a field in which I have no experience. Am I crazy? How can I make this happen?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I managed to get an office job straight out of college and have been working as an "administrative assistant" ever since. I have worked at several companies and am absolutely miserable doing office work and would like to try my hand at something else while I am young and directionless.
Unfortunately, I have virtually no marketable skills outside of an office environment, other than a couple years' experience in retail during college. I have a completely useless BA in history and no other training.
I miss working in a store where I could walk around and talk to people instead of sitting in a cubicle all day. I was thinking that being a waitress or bartender would be a similar job that would give me more money with tips. I am also a night person and would appreciate getting away from a 9-to-5 schedule.
Am I totally crazy for wanting to change careers like this? Am I too old now (24) to get into the field with no experience? I have been seriously considering bartending school, but I don't want to go if I'll have no chance at getting a job without any experience at my age. Any relevant experience or advice is welcome.
Bonus: what other jobs are accessible to a bored, quarter-life-crisis 20-something without many qualifications?