This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

undefinedNo matter what type of career you hope to pursue eventually, you can get a head start on success by beginning with a job in the restaurant industry. Based on its research into what personal and workplace skills employees gain from working at restaurant jobs, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has created a Food and Beverage Service Competency Model illustrating those abilities. Want to learn about tools and technology, or boost your problem-solving skills? A restaurant job can take you there.

The NREAF also polled restaurant workforce members and found some fascinating facts about restaurant work:

  • It opens up opportunity. Employees surveyed believe that the restaurant industry is a good place to start a lifelong career.
  • It helps you move up the career ladder. The vast majority of senior-level restaurant employees and restaurant operators started out in entry-level restaurant jobs.
  • It provides upward mobility. Ninety percent of restaurant employees in business operations jobs have advanced to higher-paying jobs since entering the industry; so have 88 percent of cooks and chefs. Overall, 86 percent of employees at table-service restaurants and 85 percent of those at limited-service restaurants report having advanced to higher-paying jobs.
  • It offers a wide range of options. Restaurant work isn’t limited to the traditional roles that most people think of first, such as chef or wait staff. Whether you want to work in HR, supply chain management or finance, you have the opportunity to do so in the restaurant industry.

Learning the skills to succeed in just about any job is a tall order—but an order that restaurant work can fill.

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