Working at an Indian restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, has its ups and downs. If you asked me if I would still be working in food service at this point in my life, as well as at a job in my field, I would probably tell you no. But I don’t continue to do it because I’m broke, I do it because it’s an interesting experience.
Working at the restaurant has made me a better listener. Not only because 95 percent of the customers that visit barely speak English, but because the people that come in to the restaurant are different than most customers. They’re interested in having a conversation with you, talking about Indian culture and food and telling you about their day. It makes the time go by fast, and when I leave at the end of the night I feel like I’ve made a good impression on at least a few customers.
And speaking of the customers barely speaking English, there’s that too. I feel that many Americans get angry when they need to speak to foreigners on the phone, when they call a customer support center or when they’re just trying to talk to someone walking down the street. Those with limited English, in turn, get easily frustrated when we don’t understand what they’re trying to say. Learning different accents and understanding different pronunciations of words is definitely a skill that can be used for a lifetime.
Then there’s the food. I used to be the kind of person that wouldn’t try anything new. Once I branched out, I realized I liked all kinds of foods–including ethnic foods. Now, I’ve tried most of the items on the Indian menu, and have yet to stumble across one that I don’t like. There’s more to life than chicken tenders and french fries. If you ever get the chance to eat authentic Indian food, I highly suggest it. It’s definitely become my favorite.
And one more thing, that really applies to any job: working here has taught me to manage my time wisely. I thrive off of having extra responsibilities, and if I’m super busy I’m more likely to get things done, and get them done right.
On to the next phase of my ethnic experiences, who wants to travel around the world with me?