My dad always used to tell me how important it was to get out there and get some real skills, and since I started at McDonald’s, I definitely have. I work the busy early shift, so as well as practical things, I’ve learnt to cope under pressure but still take pride in my work – a great skill for the future.

I hadn’t worked much before this, so I was pretty nervous on my first day. I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with the pressure – or all the new people! But I shouldn’t have worried. Everyone has been really supportive and now I can see that this is a great place for me to learn and grow.

Charles, Crew Member

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I didn’t go to university, so I started working at McDonald’s as soon as I finished college. I’ve picked up loads of important skills, like confidence and team work – I’m even on my way to becoming a manager. Without this job, I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I can now.

Outside of work, I’m pretty busy. I’m doing a course in fitness, so I like a challenge, and I’ve started to do obstacle courses. Recently I did a 7 ½ mile course with three mates. It was tough, but we raised a lot of money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). It’s great to have a job where I can fit in things like that.

Alex, Trainee Manager

I’ve got a pretty busy life. I’ve got a young family, I play a fair bit of football and I’m studying part-time for a law degree. In three years’ time, I hope to be a solicitor and I’ll be grateful to McDonald’s for giving me the freedom to fit my role around my commitments.

Working at McDonald’s is like nothing else – I’ve met people from all sorts of different places and backgrounds. And because every day comes with its own different challenges, I’ve built a fantastic rapport with my team. We really are like a second family.

Matthew, Assistant Manager

I worked in a McDonald’s restaurant for three years while I was studying, and a role in the Head Office was always something I always thought I’d like to try. So when I got the chance to apply for an industrial placement through uni, I took it. I was incredibly proud when I actually got the job – I couldn’t wait to tell everyone.

I’m finding my placement really interesting so far. I’ve met a lot of new people and picked up some important experience. I’ll definitely feel more confident about my future when I go back to university for my final year.

Jade, HR Placement

I left school at 16 and my friends recommended McDonald’s as a good place to work. They said it was somewhere to get good life skills – and they were right. The training and support gave me the confidence to work my way up from Crew Trainer to Assistant Manager, plus I can move my shifts around to look after my son. I’m excited to see what the next few years have in store.

A big part of my role is the people. I’ve made some good friends from different teams and different locations, so it’s good to have the flexibility to meet up outside of work and play a bit of football.

Ryan, Assistant Manager

Working in the restaurant gives me such a buzz. It’s exciting to be able to make an impact in so many different ways – whether that’s by managing the crew, helping out at the grill or organising fun days out.

Having a balanced lifestyle is important to me, so it’s great that I can have a social life as well as a job I enjoy. I work the early shift, so I’m able to make time to go out with friends in the afternoons or just enjoy an evening to myself.

Hazran, Second Assistant

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