Apologies if this is in the wrong area. I feel like "non-Vegas chat" is generic enough for something like this that is not necessarily Vegas/gambling-trip related. Brief preamble: I'm in a bit of a quarter-life crisis. I'm 24 years old, have a university degree (in fashion, of all things), and profession/career-wise, nothing other than my current job working in the restaurant industry has really "clicked" for me. I've been a licensed real estate agent, I've worked in merchandising at the head office of a major retailer, and I've done a number of various other jobs that have either been "meh", or have just straight up sucked. Gambling and casinos in general have very much "clicked" for me, and I'm considering entering this field in some capacity for a number of reasons. More specifically, those reasons are... - I love the fast-paced nature of casino gaming. The comparatively slow pace of office work and other such jobs has been mind-numbing for me. This is exactly what brought me back into the restaurant world. It has that intensity. I need it, I love it, I crave it. - I love the around-the-clock nature of casino gaming. If there's one circumstance at which I was at my unhappiest, it would be when I was working 9-5. To me, there is something truly depressing and soul-crushing about getting up at 7:00 am or earlier, five days per week, with virtually no end in sight. This, too, has drawn me back to the restaurant industry. I absolutely love working from about 4 pm to midnight. If my schedule working in a casino could be adapted to work on such a schedule, that sounds like a dream. - I love the procedure-based nature of casino gaming. I'm high-functioning on the Autistic Spectrum, and that inclines me to follow procedures to a T. What annoys me to no end in other workplaces is people who insist on doing things "their way". For instance, when filling out purchase orders, I'd see people leave some things blank because "it's too much work to find that information and they usually don't notice". Or when I'm dealing with a customer dispute at the restaurant, and a coworker wants to give a customer free alcohol to compensate for it (which is illegal where I'm from), I refuse to serve it because... well... it's illegal! In casinos, there's no "your way". Cards are dealt out, winning bets are paid, and cash/chips are exchanged all according to a fixed set of rules. And above all that, there's cameras watching your every move, so you have an incentive to do it the correct way. This comes naturally to me. So, even if I'm going into this as a lowly dealer of war/big six, this is an industry I'd like to at least try and enter. Admittedly, I'd be interested in other roles too (I could actually see myself being good at being a host, given my combined experience in both sales and hospitality, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself). But I believe it is prudent to take this one step at a time. The three things that work against me are... - Despite my extensive knowledge of casino gaming/gambling theory, I'm a complete outsider as far as tangible credentials are concerned. I'd be entering this field entirely cold. - I live in Canada, where there is virtually no gambling market. As a Canadian citizen, working elsewhere would prove to be somewhat difficult (except, perhaps in venues such as cruise ships, to which I am completely open) - I don't drive, and I have no interest in driving (I've held a license before, and even when I did drive, it gave me terrible anxiety). This, therefore, takes more remote workplaces out of consideration for me. I anticipate that this thread could possibly descend into any number of tangents of life advice/discussion of millennials/curiosity about my personal quirks. However, to the extent that is reasonable, I would like to keep this focused on the topic of entering the casino industry as an outsider. More specifically... - How does one do it? - What career prospects are there for someone in my position? - How would I go about getting qualified for roles in this industry? - How might I go about searching for work, specifically keeping my restrictions in mind? Many thanks in advance. Looking forward to what you guys might have to say!