Choosing a Career #mcdonaldsark #ad

I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s and this post has been sponsored. However, all opinions are my own

Choosing a Career:

Growing up I knew what I wanted to be. Well, not exactly, but I had it narrowed down to 3 different things: a police officer, a trauma surgeon, or a paramedic. As I got older, life happened and my career  choices changed. Now, I am doing something that I never would have imagined, but I love it. It wasn’t on my list of career choices as a child, but that is ok!

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As part of our homeschool studies we discuss the future and careers. I often ask the children what they want to be when they grow up and am usually met with uncertain answers, or impossible choices (like a wolf, or vampire).

I was pleased when I asked Kaia recently what he wanted to do and he gave me a realistic answer. He told me that he was choosing a career in a fast food place or a convenience store. Instead of seeing these as second rate jobs, he understands the importance of having people employed in these fields.

Because McDonald’s is our favorite fast food restaurant to visit, he chose there.

We talked about the different jobs available at McDonald’s and the different tasks they may do as well as what the pay rate might be like. We also discussed the possibility of owning a franchise, or working his way up the ladder. The beautiful thing about choosing a career with McDonald’s is that he doesn’t have to be stuck in one position his whole life.

I thought it would be fun to interview some people that are working there, or have worked there and get their thoughts on it:

Derick says “I love my job. I’ve been at McDonald’s for 2 years. I’ve seen people come and go and can tell when they’re having a bad day. I like to cheer them up and spread happiness when they’re having a bad day. After seeing the same faces day after day, you become attached to them. I am attached to some of the customers that come in here. I don’t know what I will do when I leave here.”

Kelly says “My husband has a full time job and supports our family, but I like to provide something too. For me, working is not a must, but I enjoy working here and have met new friends. I even enjoy seeing my old friends when they stop in for a meal. I can’t imagine not working here.”

Corbin says “I worked at McDonald’s when I was in school. They worked around my school schedule, so even though I was working and going to school, I still had time to spend with my friends.”

Courtney says “The very first job I had as a teenager was working at McDonald’s. The pay was good and the people I worked with were nice. I liked having my own money and being able to do things with my friends without having to ask my parents for money.”

Jane says “McDonald’s has been a career choice for me. Some people only work here temporarily, but I have chosen to stay with it for the long haul. I started as a cashier and have worked my way up to manager. As a single mother, I am making plenty to support my family.”

*flexible hours
*great pay
*new friendships
*serving others
*career advancement

As you can see from these responses, McDonald’s is a great place to begin working. There are so many things that I can do now to prepare Kaia for a job at McDonald’s. I am grateful for that because I really thought that for Kaia choosing a career was going to be harder than this ;)

Have you ever worked at McDonald’s before?

50 thoughts on “Choosing a Career #mcdonaldsark #ad

  1. Ricci

    I haven’t worked at McDonalds but I had a cousin that did in high school and his job seemed like the coolest job ever!! He worked the drive thru and helped with kids parties. I later got a job in the fast food industry and I can honestly say his job was way cooler than mine.

    1. Babita

      Like you Terry I never worked in McDonalds. We never had any McDs in India when I was growing up (there are many now).

  2. Amanda Love

    Its the cycle of life and we all have a part to play in it. We can’t all be doctors and lawyers and some people are just better people person which you have to be working at McDonalds

  3. Paula Parker

    No, but I worked for Dairy Queen in my youth. The pay was good and the friendships I made their were amazing. I am sure it’s the same at McDonalds

  4. Lauren White

    I haven’t ever worked at McDonald’s or in the fast-food industry. I do however, know that it is actually a great stepping stone for a career in public relations! Bravo to you for homeschooling and having these important conversations! :)

  5. mburbage

    A lot of great people actaully started out at McD’s. While I don’t ever eat there, I know it’s a great place to start when someone needs it

  6. Pam

    I’ve never worked at a McDonald’s, but I worked in entry-level retail for a while. It was harder work than people think.

  7. Yolanda Williams

    I never worked at McDonald’s, but I think it’s awesome when people love their job. As I have gotten older, I learned that loving what you do is way more important than where you work and how much you make. If you’re able to make a great living at doing what you love that’s an added bonus.

  8. Esther of Local Adventurer

    i actually did work at mcdonalds before when i was a teenager. it was not the most fun experience though.. bc customers there come in so angry. it has helped me learn to deal with different types of people though. :)

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      You are right. A lot of people tend to come into fast food places with anger/hostility/sense of entitlement. I personally think it is their way of trying to say they are superior, but it just makes them look foolish. I think everybody should be respected, no matter what kind of job they hold. Fast food workers tend to get treated really bad when they make a mistake.

  9. Miranda (Myrabev)

    I love Kaia’s thinking we do love MacD and someone has to work there and I know a lot of people how have and still are working for MacD and have moved up the ladder.

  10. Jeanine

    I’ve never worked at McDonald’s but when I was younger I think every teen I knew worked there. They loved it. I think it’s a great place to work from all I hear about it!

  11. Rosey

    I have not, but my first job was at a sub shop and I loved it. :) That was so long ago now, I almost forgot about it. Fun memory.

  12. Sarah Bailey

    I worked at McD’s for a while – I met some wonderful people there and some that weren’t so grand as well. It definitely helped me learn a number of lessons.

  13. Paula Schuck

    No, I never worked at McDonald’s but I know lots of people who have. They said it was a great job when they were in school and they liked working there.

  14. Babita

    I remember wanting to be many things growing. I ended up being none of them. As for working in McDs, I think it is great as a starter job.

  15. Chubskulit Rose

    From the country that I came from, job is so scarce that you have to have a degree even on certain jobs like serving in a fast food restaurants. It;’s great that your son understand the importance of having a job.

  16. Tami

    I worked at a local fast food place for a few months after losing my office job of 17 years. I enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed waiting on my customers and the fast pace made the shift go by quickly!

  17. Heather

    Well having been a recipient of the Ronald McDonald foundation, I am thankful for the charity the McDonald’s supports and well gosh darn it, I just love the food. I think you can have careers in places you least expect to.

  18. Rebecca Swenor

    I have never worked at McDonald’s but I have worked at other fast food places. For I thought working in fast food was a great job for beginner and this is my own opinion

  19. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    McDonald’s is an awesome corporation to get into. Especially if you start young, you can really work your way up through the ranks!

  20. Anne |

    I think it’s so important that we not classify any honest job as “second rate”!! I love that you interviewed some employees of McDonald’s. I’ve never worked there but my first job was babysitting and then as a clerk in a local drugstore.

    1. Jeanine

      Yes! I totally agree! Very good! As a kid I didn’t really think about jobs, but everyone I knew worked at McDonalds!

  21. Jaime

    I’ve never worked at McDonald’s before. I once applied when I was a teen, but for whatever reasons I ended up with a different job that summer.

  22. thelesleyshow

    I have two friends that have worked there. They both really liked working there.

  23. Pam

    Some of my daughter’s friends worked at McDonald’s for a while when they were in college. They loved it.

  24. Donna L. Ward

    Hi Courtney, I loved what each one of the quotes from McDonald’s workers have to say – especially Derick’s – I had heard that if you stayed, you could make it as a manager – I’ve never worked at a fast food restaurant – and if’s excellent that you visit with your children about it.

  25. Mama to 5 BLessings

    We homeschool also. This is a clever learning exercise. My boys tell me they want to be police officers – although I think this is wonderful but as a mom I hope they chose a different path so I do not have to worry about their safety!

  26. Ann Bacciaglia

    My daughter loved her job at McDonalds. She worked there threw high school and even met her boyfriend who also worked there. It was a great place to work.

  27. DC

    I’ve never worked at McDonald’s or any other fast food restaurant, but my very first job was at a candy store. It was the best first job ever.

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