Earning her keep in holiday mode
VICTORIA TORTEROLA arrived in Byron Bay just 11 days ago, but is already a waitress at Fishheads Restaurant and Takeaway.
While standing for 'eight or nine hours' and working late at night or very early into the morning may not be every- one's cup of tea, Ms Torterola loves working in the hospitality industry.
“I like being around people and in this industry you are constantly doing something, which makes the hours go by very fast,” she said.
Ms Torterola, from Argentina in South America, is holidaying in the area and working her summer job at Fishheads to finance her travels. She started her new job a week ago.
Ms Torterola said she did similar work while holidaying in the US.
She has been learning English since kindergarten, and thinks it may have been one of the things that helped snare her a job in the local hospitality industry so quickly.
“I think my experience and no language barriers helped,” she said.
A degree in tourism and hotel management she gained at home in Argentina last year also helped her chances, but she says working in hospitality is 'more about the experience'.
“It's more about doing it than studying it in this industry,” Ms Torterola said.
“I have been doing this work for a while. It's a hard job, but it's fun,” she said.
“I think you need to like the restaurant industry though.”
Her time in Byron Bay has been positive.
“I found a house and a job pretty fast, and Byron welcomed me,” she said.
“It seems to be a party town with lots of young people.”
Ms Torterola isn't alone in working a summer job at Fishheads to raise money for travel, with several other foreigners working there as well.
“It's definitely an experience to come to visit and work,” she said.