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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 Lisa Berry from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:
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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Lisa Berry, Restaurant Manager
Lisa Berry is a Restaurant Manager with McDonalds Ireland having started as a Trainee Manager in 2000. She is responsible for all aspects of running the restaurant and enjoys the variety, challenge and responsibility that this gives her. She is currently completing a HETAC Level 6 qualification in conjunction with McDonalds and National College Ireland in First-Line Management.
Honestly, I was not all that school focused, I didn't really know what I wanted to do after I finished school.
I completed school in 1994 and most of my courses have been management development courses through the various companies I have worked for.
In hindsight I would have applied myself more in school and once I had realised that I enjoyed management and working with people I should have studied in this field.
I am lucky in that I have the opportunity now to have my work based experience recognised with the course I am doing through McDonald's and NCI that will result in a degree for me in the future.
Most importantly I have been allowed to learn and train on the job. The skills I have learnt I believe are skills for life and are transferable to any other management based job.
I am currently completing a HETAC Level 6 qualification in conjunction with McDonald's and National College Ireland in First-Line Management.