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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

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In Summary - Bar Manager

Career Sectors

Bar Manager s typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Restaurants and Nightlife
Tourism & Hospitality

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The Work - Bar Manager

This apprenticeship programme is not yet fully approved. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information correct - June 2019.

Going to the pub/bar is one of the most traditional leisure activities in the country. It's the job of bar managers to make sure that customers in the pub/bar are happy, while the business makes a good profit.    

There are also different kinds of pubs/bars, including wine bars; inns; cafe bars; theme bars; super-pubs and, of course, traditional pubs. In some, the focus is on creating a family atmosphere. In others there is live entertainment. Many pubs/bars serve food ranging from snacks at lunchtime to high quality, restaurant standard meals. Whatever kind of pub/bar you want to run, there will be common elements to the kind of work you will have to do.    

One of the biggest parts of the bar manager’s job is to manage the staff. There are bar staff and cleaners, and there may be catering staff. Many could be part-time, so the work has to be organised so that there are the right number of people on duty at any one time.    

Bar Managers train, organise and motivate staff. They also do stock control, re-ordering supplies of food and drink before they run out. They supervise beer deliveries, do the pub's banking, and think about (and organise) activities, entertainment and special offers that will bring in more customers. A bar manager is responsible for the health, safety and security of the premises, staff and customers.    

Bar Managers also do the same work as their staff. They serve customers, collect and wash empty glasses, clear ashtrays, take orders for food and wait on tables.  

A very important part of a Bar Manager’s job is enforcing the law regarding the sale of alcohol on the premises. Publicans are required to have an age identification policy and ensure that all staff are fully aware of it.

Interests - Bar Manager

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Qualities

This apprenticeship programme is not yet fully approved. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information correct - June 2019.

If you want to be a bar manager you'll need to be an all-round organiser, worker, business manager and sociable person. You'll need leadership skills to motivate staff and excellent interpersonal skills for handling customers. Some customers like a friendly ear to talk to, so you should be able to get on easily with people. You also need to be able to spot trouble before it happens and calm the situation.  
 
As well as sound business sense and an imaginative outlook, you'll need lots of energy - the hours are long and the work is physically demanding. You could be supervising a delivery of beer before breakfast and updating the pub's computerised accounting system at midnight. A bar manager requires a lot of stamina as bars and pubs are very busy and noisy and you are on your feet for most of the time and will often have to change heavy beer and larger barrels.

Financial and numeracy skills are vital for handling cash and book-keeping. Tact and diplomacy may be required when dealing with demanding customers.

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