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.