My Grandson wants to keep working in Mcdonalds~~~

@marciascott (25553)
United States
July 11, 2009 7:43am CST
Jobs are hard to find plus he is still young, 18 He thinks he is making good money, ths is his first job. I told him, Finish School and go to College. he wants to keep working at Mcdonald because he wants a paycheck. He really doesn't know what it is like to pay bills, him and his friends are sharing a House and they split the rent. but if he was by his-self, he could not make it off of that, that is what I keep tryng to tell him. Be Successful. and finish School and go to college. Then work on getting a good Job, the more educated you are the more money you will make. I told my granddaughter that too, Now she wants to be a Nurse. Now I am proud of her. She will start in Sept. 2009
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
11 Jul 09
I'm glad your Grandson is doing so well! I'm a Grandfather who raised 4 boys and now I have 2 Grandsons. I have seen it all before. Count your blessings before you criticize your Grandson. He's ambitious and a good worker. He's still young and is getting his feet wet in the commercial world. He's learning how to get along with his house mates. In Short his education is progressing quite favorably. Give him credit for his accomplishments and do not try to tell him what to do. He will learn it all in time by doing it his own way. Be patient- Rome was not built in one day!
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
11 Jul 09
LOl! I guess you are right at least he is trying, I do want him to finish school though, I will stay on him about it! thanks for input!
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• United States
11 Jul 09
You should be proud of your grandson, he's holding down a job and is doing well enough there that they want to keep him on. Contrary to popular myth, a GOOD McDonald's employee actually CAN move up the ranks and become a manager or even get his own franchise! There is room for advancement at McD's. College isn't for everybody, some folks are not cut out for it, there is no shame in that! If your grandson stays at his job for a long time, not only can he advance (and possibly make MORE money than the girl who will be a nurse) he will also have a very solid work history for his resume which will make him more desirable to another employer in the future. http://www.mcdonalds.com/usa/work.html http://www.mcdonalds.com/usa/work/successstories.html It doesn't matter WHERE you work, you can be successful ANYWHERE if you are willing to work hard. Be PROUD of your grandson, he's got a job with a company that offers benefits and career advancement. There are a lot of kids his age who can't say that.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
11 Jul 09
thank you I never looked at it that way1 I guess you are right, but I still say Finish school, even if he has to go to night School, or maybe he can get his diplomat at the Library, well not D. but Get his GED. have a great weekend!
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
12 Jul 09
I agree with him finishing highschool at least. I have one daughter that did not graduate and she does struggle. She gets by...barely. Looking for work is tough if you don't have at least a high school diploma. Of course it can be done but it isn't easy at all.
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• United States
12 Jul 09
I do agree about the GED, he doesn't need to stop working to get it, but having it does make a huge difference in they types of jobs and promotions one can get in the future. College may not be for everybody, but nearly ALL employers require at least a HS Diploma or GED nowadays.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Jul 09
My son at work - He loves his job in collision repair.
I agree with you on some points, and offer a different perspective on others. If your grandson has not finished high school, he definitely wants to do that, even if it's through a GED program. Too many doors are closed by not having one. College, however, depending on what some one wants to do with their lives, may or may not be the best choice. He thinks he's getting a good paycheck at McDonalds. But, does he love what he does? If he does, he may want to talk to his store manager about entering their management program. It is one of the best in the business. Long hours, but great rewards. It could be a stepping stone to even better things. The hospitality industry is a growing field. Think of cafe squares in malls, airports, convention centers, highway hospitality areas, etc. Each restaurant may be individually managed, but there are directors overseeing it all. And there's huge money in it. Some colleges offer degrees for that specific area. If there are colleges in your area, he could always pursue that type of degree on a part-time basis while working. This is what a friends' daughter did, and she's now making well into a 6 figue salary...and loves what she does. She started at McD's too. There are lots of good careers that don't necessarily require a college degree. My son, who has a 160 IQ, opted to take time off between high school and college to decide what he wanted to do. When he broke the news to me that he wanted to go to a one year tech school for collision repair, I was initially pretty upset. One year after graduating, he too is making just about 6 figures, a salary that many college graduates would lust after. I guess the important thing is to talk to your grandson. Instead of telling him hat goals other people have for him...what are his goals for himself? As a grandparent, you are perhaps uniquely able to listen and be an advocate for him. Isn't that what you really want to do?
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
11 Jul 09
yes, I know it is sppose to be what he wants, I just told him he could do better. It is a start, I didn't know that he could advance, he is stil young so he has plenty of time to do what ever he wants to, 18. but I will still encourage him to finish School. I think it is important for him to finish.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Absolutely he should finish school, even if it's a GED. About the McDonalds, you could probably read up on their management program online. INFORMATION ONLY LINK: http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/careers/business_functions.html They even have a Hamburger University in IL.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Good advice. Remind him he can still keep working at McDonalds while he is attending school. BTW did you find spell check??? Big difference!
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Whitelady there you go! I meant whiteheather. I guess you are talking about my speeling again, Oh, well no one is perfek!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
11 Jul 09
It is so hard to teach kids what will be best for them these days. My daughter has a job also and she likes it but it does not pay well at all. I want her to go to college also and make something of herself.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
11 Jul 09
yes, Steph, I am glsad that she has a Job, but stay on her.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I think you should be proud of your grandson. At least he wants to work. Yes, he should definitely finish high school though. That is a must. College can be good but it doesn't guarantee a high paying job. I know of plenty of people who went to college and don't have good jobs. Even though they tried to get a job that pertained to their degree. There are so many people who are highly educated that still don't have a great paying job. Just encourage your grandson to finish high school and be proud of whatever job he takes. At least he's working. That's great that your granddaughter wants to be a nurse. I hope she has good luck with that career.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Hehehe, I can understand where you're coming from. 18 is so young, and that first real money seems like so much. How about saying something like: gee, I'm so happy you like working there. Maybe someday you'd like to become a manager? Or I could see you being a manager someday. If he says 'yes', or seems thoughtfully positive, then add in that if he went on to school he could not only BE a manager, but he could own one himself, and a car and cool crib to go with it lol. Discussions like that are hard because they're trying to assert their own independence and want to be seen and felt like an adult making their own decisions. That's why planting a seed of a thought might go further than a 'you should...' stance. I think almost all teens are kind of like that, being that they want to feel it's their idea and not doing somebody else's wishes (if you know what I mean hahaha) I'll bet you're really proud of your granddaughter! We need more good nurses as us baby boomers are starting to get old. Good luck with the grandson, I sure hope he sticks to school, and maybe even go on to college for something even better than a diploma. He's lucky he's got a caring gramma like you!
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Hi Joy I will be back, going to cookout, I will chat later!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
11 Jul 09
My nephew started in the fast food industry and worked up to manager, then he took an upgrading course. So it could be that your grandson wants to work in the restaurant industry. The trouble is with the recession, good jobs are hard to find so that he is thinking that he will have too much competition and not get what he really wants. I always also thinking, people eat and if he might consider training to be chef or work in the restaurant industry. Chefs make good money and if he is creative, he would do well.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Hey! How are you yes, they do make ggod money, I don't think he wants to be a Chef though. have a nice weekend!
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• United States
13 Jul 09
I understand where you are coming from. I am happy that he is ambitious though for trying to keep working to get a paycheck. I was like that when I had my first job, I thought "woah, I'm making a lot of money." I now realize that what was a lot to me then is not what I consider a lot now as I got older. I am now 22. Even though they say that college isn't for everybody, I would encourage him to give it a try. He doesn't have to go to a big university, he can go to a community college. At both schools, he can still keep working if he still wants to make money. It will teach him more about responsibilities as well. I learned a lot about that when I went off to school. I had to pay rent, maintain my car, etc. It isn't easy. He just probably needs to realize this for himself.
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
13 Jul 09
thanks for responding, I bet it is hard for you! just keep trying and things will work out for you!
• United States
13 Jul 09
There are many different avenues to focus on here first being the subject of a high school diploma whether ged or hsed it needs to be done in any case. To not do so just puts anyone step behind the ball and in this day one needs as much help as possible. As far as college I agree with many that it is not for everyone, this does not mean someone will never amount to anything. I have seen people with barely a high school diploma become successful business owners. I think it boils down to the person what they hold within. That being said kids need some time to grow to mature to live in the real world. I have found what i have seen is people who have lived some and then went to college have more direction. As parents and family we want to shelter them save them from any of the harder lessons we have had to learn from them but then to fully understand we needed the experience. Sometimes wanting to help a child , grandchild ect can send them in the opposite direction. My last point being about McDonalds this one many people made some really good points and then some that were not quite accurate either. They can have management possibilities this is true. I worked there off and on and the last time I did I did advance so I am more aware of how it really can go. This also can vary from areas some areas you may make out better than others. When I was manager I made a decent living and the way the economy was I was one of the few who always had a guarenteed job and hours. That being said most of the time to get this position will take much work and possibly time. It will also take a genuine appreciation of the job, not saying one has to love it but one does have to rise above all the negative and always appear to be "loving it" Also being said advancement can only be beneficial to a point once you get to salary (which is about the step before possibly owning your own store ) but once you get to salary you work very long hours and in the end make less per hour than someone working for regular wage. To get to this spot the ones I have known they love there job I loved my job truly I did but it can take over many areas of ones life such as holidays weekends ect. My point being if this is his path he will go down it on his own if not let him find out this is not the path for me and then if this happens and he returns to school he will have a new appreciation for it then. Good Luck
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Thanks for you input! I think the most important thing is to let him do want he wants to he is still young, but Still Finish Scholl, that is a must. and I will stsy on him untill he does it!
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Congratulations on your daughter, tho I have to tell you that McDonalds can give her experience and there is the job of manager in there. If she had chose to stay she could advance due to experience, that's what I hear anyhow congratz again.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
12 Jul 09
it is my grandson that I am talking about. Thanks for input!
@underdogtoo (9591)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
We all have our roles in life and being young, your grandson only sees the short-term benefit of having a paycheck every week. It take much longer to be in school to get a paycheck. This is not to say that he will not change his mind later on and go to college.
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@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Maybe you can suggest he take some night classes at a college and he can still work at mcdonalds. he will make friends at the classes and maybe he will change his mind. some of the students may have better jobs and tell him what they are doing and how much they are making and will be making once they get their degrees.
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@whateva (786)
• India
12 Jul 09
there is nothing wrong until he is enjoyin this part...in future let him learn on his own..teaching him is not gonna help him for sure so..one thing is for sure its best wen yu learn things that yu've neva been taught..then only yu understand the real thing so let it be n live yur lyf
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Well, I agree that he should finish school...not too sure on college though. That's more dependent on what he wants to be. As for working at McD's, I've known kids that started out there that are now managers and making really good money...enough to support themselves easily and McD's isn't about to close down and go out of business. It's great that your granddaughter wants to be a nurse and you should be proud of her...it's a great profession. But I'd also be proud of your grandson, afterall there are a lot of kids out there that don't work at all...their parents/grandparents would be thrilled if their kid had a job...any job. I also give him points for being out there on his own, paying rent (even partial) and learning about responsibility...he's at least starting out, that's more than some kids do. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Well, first... at least he is wanting to work.. better than just laying around the house texting or thumbing games and such. But a fast food job is perfect for school. 24 hours can be worked around school hours... high school through college. A good source of income, yet not much to devote to it and still have the education on the front burner. Why don't you figure out how to beat him at his own game....tell him how great he has it that he can work a job he loves and still stay in school to make something out of himself!!! Reverse psychology!!! Good luck! And especially when he sees sister (?) start to make more money than him!
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@uicbear (1902)
• United States
12 Jul 09
I think you might want to try a different approach with your grandson. First, atleast he wants to keep his job, this is a good thing. Even if he is sharing a place with friends, he is on his own. He is getting a taste of what he has to be responsible for. The thing you might want to suggest is how McDonald's likes to promote from within. They used to also have scholarships and tuition assistance for college for their employees. He could get get training to be a manager and start going to college. Managers, even at McDonald's, make decent money.
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• Canada
12 Jul 09
I feel that one must complete the work on time ... so when you have to study one must study as time is important. Your grandson must complete studies first so that he can have good job once the situation improves.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
12 Jul 09
I understand your thinking as it is common for people to believe that if you get a better education that you will be more successful. It is true that education does help but it is not the main ingredient in success. Much of the success comes from the person....who they are and their integrity and diligence etc. You should be proud of him. He is showing independence and good work ethics. I imagine that in time he will move forward. I see so many kids that go to college that have no motivation...no drive. They go because the parents are pushing them and paying for it. It's just not for everyone. I also have seen many go thru college and not find decent work in their chosen fields. I did not go to college but I worked my way up in an insurance company to an adjuster and took the needed courses along the way. The company paid for them as long as I passed them.
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I think your right about finishing school and always bettering himself. I think he is doing very well at preparing himself for the future with his returant job. I think there is chances to go further if he is committed. There are management oppertunities that can also give him experiance for the future along with his education. There is nothing like a job like that to prepare you and teach you how to work with people. Don't worry..it sounds like your grandson will be successful at anything he chooses. He sounds very responsible. Take care.
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