The increase in job seekers considering learning to bartend has lead to something of an explosion in schools and colleges offering bartending as a course. With these courses, the purveyors claim, any would-be bartender can come and learn the art of drink mixing, all under the guidance of a qualified and experienced bartender and tutor.
The idea does, in principal, seem wonderful. Yet there are many drawbacks. To begin with, actively attending a college or school is extremely time consuming; not only do you have to factor in the time spent in each class, but traveling does take up a lot of time. Suddenly, the weekly amount of hours you intend to spend learning how to bartend can double, just through the commute alone. This problems become exceedingly difficult to fit around a current work or education timetable. The answer in these instances may seem to be night school, but these too are fraught with difficulty. The same problem with time applies, added on to the fact that at the end of a normal working day, you are required to push yourself further. How many times do you come home and just want to kick back in front of the television with takeout, and how many times do you actively feel like going and learning something new? Night school courses are all well and good when they can be your sole focus, but trying to attend while holding down a job or study schedule is extremely difficult. If you do decide to stop attending halfway through, you lose the money.
There is also the issue of the money itself in general. With a school or college course, many factors are put into the price. This includes the cost of the teacher, venue hire, textbooks, electricity and a thousand and one other incidental amounts that must be covered by the course fees. The overheads and tax problems alone making learning at an institute an undesirable prospect unless one really does have more money than sense. However, there is a way. What is taught at a school or college, in terms of bartending, is largely theoretical. It is learning what goes into a drink and how these are prepared, possibly with some help in memorizing them. Why pay someone else to teach you this, when there are ways and means of obtaining the necessary information yourself, and learning for yourself?
Prices of the raw materials are extremely competitive, and online courses such as audio training can do the rest. There is no theory needed for learning to bartend and no need for interpretation, so no need for an actual individual to be explaining things. The information doesn’t change, but the cost of a person teaching it to you and you teaching it to yourself using an online or audio guide does. The other benefits of learning for yourself are huge. You can fit it around your own schedule, have help when you need it and learn by yourself without the distractions of other classmates. If you wish to learn to bartend, by far the best option is to learn with an audio course, at your own pace.