help me navigate the world of retail/hospitality part-time jobs
September 28, 2013 8:22 AM Subscribe
I need a part-time job to make some sort of income while I'm completing a post-bacc. I am okay with mindless jobs because my classes exhaust my brain enough. I am trying to decide between the hospitality industry vs retail. Share your knowledge so that I can have a better grasp on the pros/cons of each.
posted by DayTripper to work & money (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have some retail experience and while I did not like it per se, I would not mind doing it again. I have no experience as a waitress/bartender.
I am drawn to these fields because of the flexible hours and because I cannot commit to a job for longer than a year or two due to plans for professional school.
Here's my understanding so far (please fill in the gaps/correct any glaring errors in what I think I know)--
Waitressing/cocktail waitressing/bartending/hostessing: better pay because of tips, more flexible hours but also more irregular hours (i.e., late nights, frequency of 12 hr shifts), lack of experience may be a huge obstacle for me, have to deal with rude customers
Retail: all the downfalls of micro-managing BUT free/discounted clothes and a decent hourly pay ($13?) if I work in NYC at a high-end store. I want to work for a designer/boutique that I like a lot but can't afford full price. Also has potential for commission. Problem could result from spending bulk of paycheck on clothes.
Let me know which field seems better for my situation, and any other jobs with flexible hours/OK pay/don't require a significant commitment. Also ways to get my foot in the door. I'm young, attractive, friendly, and female FWIW.