I work in a decently-sized McDonald’s in a popular area of McDonald’s. Compared to other people’s experiences, I think I’ve got the good end of it. It sometimes gets busy and I have customers raising their voice at me, often over things I have no control over like the price increase. I get paid £8.40 an hour at 17, so pay isn’t a big issue. The problem is more to do with the fact that it’s had an impact on my mental health. Because of my job, I haven’t had the energy to do as much, and I’ve already fallen behind in college (to the point where it’s pretty much too late for me not to get kicked out). I have a decent relationship with my managers and most of my coworkers, but I still feel like I’m not respected as much as I should be. Especially considering I’m constantly willing to pick up extra days to work, even though they never do. Not to mention that being at that job triggers my meltdowns because of the lights and noise. I’m still awaiting for my autism assessment to come back, because me explaining to them that I would rather not be on till because having to talk to multiple customers a day several times isn’t easy for me and it’s too hard for that slight accommodation since they don’t want to teach any one else how to use the tills. I’m so tired of it.
If anyone who thinks that I should quit has any job alternatives that pays the same or more than McDonald’s, that’d be great. I’ve been told I shouldn’t, and wait at least a year so it would look better on my CV. I was considering waiting next year August (if I’m still in college) to quit before moving for Uni.