Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Richard Storey from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Richard Storey

Shift Manager

McDonald's

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  Richard Storey

The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!

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CW548
Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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Mechanical Engineering is one of the most diverse of the engineering disciplines. It deals with the design and manufacture of everything, from small individual parts and devices like the inkjet nozzle to large systems such as spacecraft tools. The role of a mechanical engineer is to take a product from idea to marketplace. It requires specialist engineering knowledge combined with creative thinking,problem solving, team working and analytical skills. This four-year honours degree programme will equip graduates with the specialist knowledge and practical experience required to manage the complete mechanical engineering process from product design to manufacturing output. Students will study core subjects suchas: mechanics; engineering technology; technical graphics; electrical science; automation; energy technology and automation. The programme features extensive practical workshops and includes a challenging project in Year 4.

Mechanical Engineering is about the development and design of mechanical components, products and systems, including energy systems, to approved quality standards. It is also about the setting up, management and efficient control of manufacturing systems.


 
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Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions + pass in one of the following modules C20174, C20175, C20139 or 5N1833

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Mechanical engineers work in a diverse range of industries including: automotive; aerospace; biotechnology; computers and electronics; microelectromechanical systems; energy conversion; environmental control; automation and manufacturing. Graduates will have a variety of career options open to them such as working in industry, Government, consultancy or research centres.



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