How Working at McDonald’s Prepares You For Bigger and Better Jobs

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Author's Blog | 4 comments

How Working at McDonald’s Prepares You For Bigger and Better Jobs
Sara Baldwin

Sara Baldwin

Sara Baldwin, founder of New Ravenna Mosaics

The opportunity to build new skills can be staring you in the face. It’s up to you to take advantage of it.

Sara Baldwin, founder of New Ravenna Mosaics, a This Built America company in Exmore, Virginia, says the best job training anyone can get is to work at McDonald’s. Yes, the fast-food chain. She worked there from age 16 – 18 and among the transferable skills she learned are:

  • Attention to detail
  • Basic math
  • Inventory management
  • Systems and processes
  • Communications skills

“You learn efficiency,” she adds. “There’s one way where you get the order. Before you fill it, you fill the drink order, and put the top on it. There are all sorts of little things like that.”

Baldwin’s best overall career advice, apart from getting a gig in your youth at McDonald’s?

1. Build relationships with as many people as you can.

Always be looking for ways you can help people. I meet some of the most fascinating people on the plane. It’s really easy to put your headset on and not be open.

2. Continue to develop your sense of curiosity.

If you have a sense of curiosity, it makes you wonder: What does this guy sitting next to you on the plane do? You might have something to offer them and they you. If you have a sense of curiosity, you’re always wondering how to build a better mousetrap.

3. Don’t stop your education.

People who are perpetual students end up being more successful in general. It goes with having an open mind.

4. Develop a sense of trust in the future.

When you worry too much about the future, it affects your performance today. It stops you from taking the leap you need to take.

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  1. Thanks Sara,
    It is great that successful women as you help us share the real story about the opportunities at McDonald’s.
    Congrats on your accomplishments.

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