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My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.
I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.
You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.
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James Sheridan, Restaurant Manager
James Sheridan is the Manager of Ivans Oyster Bar and Grill in Howth., Co. Dublin. He started working in the restaurant business as a part time job when he was 15 and decided when he left school to pursue a career in the area. He did the Hospitality and Skills course in Waterford Institute of Technology, where he received a distinction in his final year exams.
I did business studies and accounting for my leaving cert which was an advantage in college but not essential. A language would have been helpful too. I didn't do a language so I couldn't go straight into to a degree level course. I always wanted to go to college, but couldn't make a decision - its hard when your only 17 to make choices.
I decided to do a two year Failte Ireland Course, this was perfect as it was a blend of practical and theory. This also gave me the right platform to go on to the degree level course in Hotel and Restaurant Management. As I already had two years done I jumped into the 2nd Year, which I have just finished.
I also had four months off where I went travelling, working on south beach Miami as a bartender.
Leaving Certificate, Hospitality Skills 2 years, BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Certificate in First Aid, Certificate in Manual Handling, 5 months One on One Training for the World Skills Japan.
My Certificate and Degree gives me confidence knowing I have them behind me. Modules such as Management, Marketing, Human Resources are all helping me to make day-to-day decisions,
I always want to learn more. I am still very young, and want to progress in the workplace as the years go on. I would like to continue my studies next year and do a bit of part time study. With the courses I have done I can now progress to an add-on year on the honours Degree programme and then progress to Masters level. I'm keeping my options open at the moment.