Applying For Work At McDonald’s

Earlier today I applied for a job at McDonald’s. If I am completely honest with you, I was hoping they would ignore the request and never get in contact with me but sadly or happily, I’m not sure yet, they have replied.

For those who don’t know, I am 16 years old.

And what do most 16 year olds want but dislike to work for…


The email I just received stated that I need to secure a time for an interview and attend an On Job Evaluation. The slight disappointment that I am faced with is that this interview and evaluation is in the Town that I wish to work in, however it is not in the McDonald’s I wish to work in.

This may only be because it is an interview but I will make sure to question it when I get there because I definitely do not want to be working in the Town Centre.

Now, this is where the situation gets uncomfortable for me…

I do not know how to pronounce the managers name.

This may seem like a minuscule detail, like something I could listen to someone say one time and repeat it after them but sadly, there is a problem; I need to ring and request for this person to book my interview. My history now consists of ‘how to pronounce the name _______’ but I still do not think I am saying it correct.

Applying for a job is hard, especially one that you do not want to work in. The thoughts of having to sit in an interview and answer questions which you may not know the answers to and having to speak to new people is honestly a horrible thought to me.

Once again I am reinforcing my stereotypical teenage attitude but don’t worry, I am going to change your opinion right now.

Recently I have just finished reading the book ‘Mindfulness’ by Gill Hasson. I read this book in order to find out new ways to live in the present, stop worrying about the future and forget and move on from the past.

This book did in fact teach me some valuable lessons.

The first of which is to adopt a ‘beginners mind’. This means that I will approach this situation without any preconceived judgements and stereotypes about the idea of working in McDonald’s, especially in a Town which is most certainly not one of the best in the country.

Secondly, I will prepare for the interview to the best of my ability in order to feel as confident as possible, diminishing as much feelings of anxiety as I can.

Finally, I will live in the present moment and not work myself up or bring myself down. I do not want my mood to be affected by this and overall I should be grateful that I even have this opportunity.

‘A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind… The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost’ – Killingsworth & Gilbert.


When Did My Confusion Begin?

The simple answer is, the day I was born.

My name is Frankie. I could write paragraph upon paragraph explaining my life story so far but in reality I’ve probably only lived about 16% of my life and I really wouldn’t want to bore you all with the pointless little details on my first post.

So lets start in the present.

At this current moment I am 16 years of age, female, 5’8, a huge fan of many genres of music, a Warriors fan living in the UK, in sixth form, attempting to study for my A Levels which I will be taking next year and just your all round typical teenager.

Yes, I’m lazy.

Yes, I can be moody at times.

Yes, I do think I am right about 99% of the time.

But I’m here, writing this blog in order to help me try to sort my life out by setting long-term goals and doing my best to achieve them. However, there is a slight problem…

I hate thinking about the future.

The idea of university, jobs, money, mortgages, rent, tax, politics and everything in-between just freaks me out. I think this partly comes from the fact that I believe in fate and all I want in life is happiness and to have an impact on others lives in a positive way, allowing them to be happy too.

So lets start with fate. The definition by Oxford Dictionary states that fate is ‘The development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.’ How I link fate to my own life is through the idea that my path has already been pre determined. Yes, you may argue that if I start to work really hard now towards my dreams, I will be more likely to get them (which is true in most cases) but in my opinion, fate has already determined how hard I will work (taking into consideration that I might wake up tomorrow and decide that I want to study 10 hours a day) and what the overall outcome will be.

Now, you may be extremely confused about what I just wrote and how it links to anything. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. If I am completely honest with you, I have no clue what I just wrote either but we’re just going to go along with it. Welcome to my confusing mind.

Not only do I believe in fate but I believe that everything happens for a reason – I know, very stereotypical. For example, imagine you spend two years revising for your A Levels, you go into your exam and turn the page, accidentally missing out two, but by the time you had realised, there were only 40 seconds remaining. You dropped 3 grades. You didn’t get into the uni you had dreamt about. You had to reevaluate your options and you end up taking a gap year, getting a full-time job in Tesco where you unknowingly met your future husband for the first time while scanning his vegan brownies and tomatoes.

Everything happens for a reason.

I am confused for a reason, I just haven’t figured out what the reason is yet. But brace yourself and join me on this long, confusing but exciting journey into the future of my life.