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How would it be working for the first time?

I am a Sophomore and I am 15 years old.I have never had a job and want to know how my first day would be. Since i'm only 15 I will be working at McDonalds. This is just somewhere for me to work for now.When I become older I will work somewhere with really good payment.Could you give me some tips on how it would be working somewhere for someone new to it. #jobs #work #career


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Shawn’s Answer

Hi Tatiyana,

The first day on the job I'm sure you'll be nervous. Just be yourself. Make sure you plan enough time to get ready for work and arrive a little earlier so you will not be late. As with many jobs, having an open mind and willingness to do and pick up new tasks will go far in your career. A lot of times, your job is what you make of it. Finding a dream job is difficult for most but you can absolutely get satisfaction and career advancement and in turn, a positive and rewarding experience from your job. One of the most difficult aspects of just about any job are the people you work with vs the underlying work. Learning how to work well with people (mutually), making sure you are being treated fairly, and treating others how you want to be treated is one of the things you will frequently face in your career. It's a continuous learning process. My first job was at McDonalds too. Good luck!

-Shawn

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Ryan’s Answer

You'll meet your coworkers and supervisor. They'll probably give you a tour of your work space. You should expect your supervisor to walk you through your day and orient you as to what will be expected of you. Any job is what you make of it. Practice doing every task as best you can, no matter how mundane it seems. The friends you make at your first job could be your lifelong friends. Work hard and be friendly. Have integrity no matter what. All questions are valid so be sure to ask questions. Invest in comfortable shoes. Know your rights in terms of hours, labor, etc.

Thank you for so much help this was super helpful. Tatiyana R.

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Joe’s Answer

How exciting for you to be entering the work force! I hope you will feel like you are making a big step towards being more independent and mature. Remember that your first job may not be your eventual calling. My first job was washing dishes and handling the financial transactions at a restaurant when I was a teenager, and I am now in Engineering. Regardless, I learned a lot of great lessons in that first job. And I got paid as well!

The first lesson I learned was all about being a good worker. You should treat your job as though you are the owner of the company AND a customer of the company. Whatever you do, do it well. Take pride in the finished product. Focus on doing a quality job with integrity.

I also learned that you should treat you coworkers the way you want to be treated. Be helpful. Be kind. Be respectful. Teamwork is so important when you are working closely with others.

I learned the importance of listening and understanding what my manager and others expected of me and then following up with them to make sure I was doing the job properly. Pay attention to the training. Write down the procedures for doing your job step by step so that you understand it clearly.

Try to have fun. I know it is called "work", but work can sometimes be fun as well.

Most important, try to be yourself as much as possible. Once you are exposed to the working world, the things you learn will probably change you slightly. If those changes are good things (i.e. your job turns you into more of a leader), then you should make them part of who you are. If those changes are not good (i.e. if you job causes you to be mean), you should probably drop those behaviors.

Building a strong work ethic early in your career and adhering to it for future jobs should put you in a better position to be successful.

Good luck!


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Karen’s Answer

Congratulations on deciding that you are ready for your first job! It is a big step, but you can learn so much from your first job in high school. Be sure to keep your hours to a reasonable number so that you can continue to focus on your studies. It is important to be on time, and to be fully engaged in your job during work hours. Having a job in high school can actually help you to become more responsible and manage your time better, in addition to making some money. While most first jobs are not glamorous, they can teach you responsibility and help you to learn the importance of education.

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Jameel’s Answer

Hey Tatiyana,

A fast food service provider was my first job in high school. On your first few days you'll be learning about the culture of the establishment and the expectations of your supervisors. Your supervisor's will give you orientation videos, and a tour of the work stations. Since you'll be on your feet for most of the day, I'd recommend investing in a comfortable pair of non- slip shoes and maybe even a pack of dr. scholl's insoles.

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Katharina’s Answer

Congratulations on getting your first job! Some of the best skills I learned were early on in my career when I had a similar job to the one you are about to start. The first few days will be a little overwhelming due to everything being brand new. During that first week remind yourself that everyone you work with probably felt similar when they first started and that it's ok to ask questions when you get stuck or can't remember how to do something. Try to find someone who works there that you connect with and feel comfortable going to for help. It's super important that you show up on time and have a great attitude. All jobs can and should be fun, so try to make the most of it and think about the great skills you're learning along the way.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Tatiyana! I remember my first day of work! I began in college because even though I applied to many jobs in high school, living in a small town did limit me. It's great you found work so early! I was a server as well as a front desk assistant at the same time, so while I was searching for just one job in high school, I ended up with 2 in college! I was very happy! I loved both; I got promoted as a front desk assistant to work in the office where the disability services was also housed and this was great because I met more people and was able to help them out in many different ways! I was also a server and I actually had my sister train me. No lie, this was stressful, I did wish I had worked in a similar area before but unfortunately being a server in a busy diner on weekends definitely made me nervous. I did mess up a few times but afterwards I got the hang of it; it was really learning the menu and being aware of the food choices. My interactions with my customers were great but the computer to place orders in had gotten me confused; however after about a couple months and being extra careful and asking questions (which is really important-if you aren't sure definitely ask because it will make you a better employee ) I became a great server and had many recurring customers. The first couple days and even the first month can take time getting use to your new job but keep working hard, be attentive, patient, calm and ask questions and soon you will get the hang of it!

Best of luck!

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