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I started my career with McDonald’s five years ago when I joined the trainee manager programme as a recent graduate. Having read about the programme, I was attracted by the structured training plan and the opportunity to gain real management experience in a fast paced and demanding environment. I knew that the training would be intense and that I would be expected to learn fast, but I was ready for the challenge!

I didn’t have any management experience before joining the programme, but through a combination of hands-on learning in my restaurant and formal training courses, McDonald’s helped me become a manager capable of running a restaurant with 130 employees! McDonald’s has helped me develop many other skills too, including problem-solving, decision making and leadership skills.

As with any job, there are aspects of the trainee manager programme that are challenging. I had a very active social life at university, so one of my biggest challenges was learning to manage my social life around my new flexible shift pattern. McDonald’s is a 24/7 business, which means night shifts are required! While I have always been able to request time off when needed, there have been times when I have missed a party or event. It can be tough, however if you are willing to put in the effort, the opportunities are great.

After spending five years working in restaurants, I now work in McDonald’s UK head office as part of the People Team. I’ve loved all of my experiences with McDonald’s and know that the company will continue to support and devleop me as I continue my career. McDonald’s offers great progression to their people…apply today and see what you can achieve!