Working in a bakery is one of those jobs that sounds like it would be a dream job for anyone! How could someone not love working in a place where they have unlimited access to cookies, cakes, and icing?
Where you get to be surrounded by the aroma of freshly baked pastries every day! Working in a bakery sounds like an absolutely amazing time, but just as with any other job out there, there are going to be some good things and some not so good things that come with working in a bakery.
Below are a few pros and cons that you may experience when you become a baker.
Working in a bakery - Pros:
You are physically active almost all day. There is rarely a moment when you will be able to sit down and be still. Between running to take things out of the oven, servings customers, and decorating pastries, you will be moving your body all day long!
There is a lot of pride that will go into your work. Baking and decorating pastries and sweet treats that people love to look at as much as they love to eat is an art form that takes a long time to master. When you do, everything that you put out will be done with a lot of pride.
There is free food all around you! Feeling a little snack-ish or like you would just like something sweet and savory to nibble on and get your energy back up? Look around you! There is literally an endless supply of free food everywhere you look. As long as you are not eating stuff you will need to complete an order, then dig in and enjoy every bite!
You literally never stop learning when you work in a bakery. Master culinary artists are always creating and teaching other bakers new baking and decorating techniques. This means that when you work in a bakery you never stop learning new things! You get to learn how to decorate cakes with new tools, and cook pastries that other people have never even heard of!
You will get to meet a lot of cool people and have your skills put to the test. When a new customer comes in and wants a really cool cake or interesting pastry, you get the joy of working with them and creating something spectacular together. Once you have a design created with them, you get to put your own skills to the test and see just how well you can execute an idea.
You are surrounded by wonderful smells all day long. There is nothing better than selling cookies and cakes coming out of the oven steaming hot. They fill the entire bakery with sweet smells and takes you back into a time of fond memories when you got to bake in the kitchen with your mother as a child. You can't get any better than working in a place that helps you remember cherished memories every day.
You can typically get off of work pretty easily. Work starts early at a bakery, which means that you usually finish pretty early in the day and have the rest of the day to yourself to spend as you please! You get to be taking a nap or spending time with your family when most every other adult is still at work for several more hours.
Working in a bakery - Cons:
The hours are kind of weird and typically will not fit into a normal work schedule which could very well mean that you may work weekends, you may work just during the middle of the day, or your hours could even change every day. This can take a long time to get used too and your body can wear out over the constant changes if you are not careful!
The pay is not all that great. There is an old saying that says 'their happiness is payment enough!" This sounds great in theory, and sure your customers happiness and satisfaction with what you made is certainly important, you also need to keep the lights on. You generally have to work a lot of hours to pay the bills!
It is hard to advance your career in this field. Unless you go to culinary school and learn how to open your own business and become a successful baker that makes a lot of money. If you are okay with working in a bakery at the same level for many years to come then this will be okay, if you want to advance your career then you need to look at school or at opening your own business.
You will never ever get to sleep in again. As i stated above, the days in a bakery start very early; which means you will have to be in the bakery at about 5:00 am every morning. This can really take a toll and make it hard to balance work and life as you will have to go to bed very early in order to get enough rest to wake up that early the next morning.
Being a baker can wear your body out. You will experience a lot of hand cramps that you will have to muscle through. Mixing up the dough, decorating with icing, stirring ingredients, cutting things up, etc. all require you to use a lot of muscle in your hands alone. It will not take long for your hands to get very tired and start to cramp up. You will probably experience a lot of hand cramps at home too after a long day at work.
Grumpy customers are going to happen, probably a couple of times a week. While a majority of people will love what you make, there will be a few people here and there that just cannot be pleased. Their negative attitude can be discouraging after you put so much effort into their baked goods, but it is important to try not to take it too personally.
There are a lot of pros and cons that come with working in a bakery, but if you are passionate and love your job enough then the cons won't make a bit of difference!