ah...You literally caught me "last minute" on here; it's 3:05am (in Chicago) and I got school at noon (community college computer coarses [hey, that's a lot of alliteration, haha]). Anyway...
Yeah, bartending's a tough job - especially being an attractive young lady around a bunch of drunken men! I hope you know martial arts or have pepper-spray handy!
Maths is necessary, unfortunately. The best advice I could give you is to say that the best mathameticians are highly INTUITIVE (initially) -- not analytical, like most folks assume! They have a "feel" for quantities -- they don't just memorize and blindly apply formuals. So basically, they're "conceptual" in their thinking (or should I say "feeling"?).
I wish you luck; let us know how it goes, OK?
haha, and go see that Discrete (computer-applications) Maths I have under my "Scraps" gallery, haha!
Not allowed pepper spray, its the UK, I have however worked as a bar tender before, never had any problems, I'm a bit of a feminist so I wouldn't accept that behaviour, and yes, I did Judo and Ju Jitsu.
Maths is necessary, but not THAT necessary, I can do sums when I'm not under pressure, but generally if they go YOU MUST BE GOOD AT MATHS, I freak out >:
No pepper spray allowed?! You must have quite the civilized society over there! In the US, we even have the so-called "assault weapons" (simply: semi-auto rifles, that scare the stoopid media).
How about adding one more "J" to your already impressive list: Bruce Lee's "Jeet Kune Do" -- then NOBODY will ever mess with you! A feminist attitude sure helps, too. I hope you don't have a tough life in general....
Yup, employers get crazy with their Maths requirements sometimes; I guess they do that in a rough economy to try to filter out candidates. Go study young lady, the unemployment line is not a fun place to be (I know, I was unemployed for 2.5 years and finally decided to go back to college -- to LEARN something this time around, haha!).
England, we don't have access to weapons. Also when I did work in a pub, I was told if I ever felt slightly uncomfortable they would remove them, I was also best friends and made hot chocolate to the bouncers!
Though in the new job ( if I get it ) its going to be more restaurant with access to a bar. So it'll be very relaxed.
I've just been researching into the physical differences of the male and female brain, sadly it looks like it's mostly due to our female genetic programming why we're usually so sucky at math! Of course some males can have more female brains and female's can have more male brain's too c:
I tend to be the same way. I've always been great in my English classes, but Math is where I struggle a bit. In my case though, the simple sums are fine, but anything past Algebra is a mystery. I read somewhere that math hasn't been around long enough for the human brain to be properly "wired" to do it, but I don't recall where I heard that, so that statement may have dubious levels of credibility!
I only learned counting back change in fast food. And I have never used it outside. Counting cash is just counting cash, but being able to give change for 43 cents without doing any math isn't something you learn in kindergarden. Or I didn't anyway.
It's still an important thing anyways. Even then, a lot of places try to streamline the whole change thing because it's easier to count by fives or twenty fives. And nobody really cares at all about the small coins like pennies, nickels, and dimes just cause you need like a zillion before you can actually buy something.