Ask someone about their first job, and there’s a good chance they worked at McDonald’s. Everyone from my high school friends to my mother started out by serving up fries. Today McDonald’s will pass down the golden arches to more young people as they hire 2,200 employees in Massachusetts during their National Hiring Day.
But teens have stiff competition. According to today’s Boston Herald, the rough economy means that more experienced workers are expected to apply for the same jobs as students.
Perhaps some of your students will take a day out of their April vacation to apply for a job at McDonald’s. When school resumes, it would be a great time to talk about employment. Read the Boston Herald article Workers of all ages vie for McJobs. Then discuss student jobs with your class.
- Who has a job?
- What do you do for work?
- Do you work with mainly older people, younger people, or do you work with a varied age range?
- How many of you work at McDonald’s or another fast food restaurant?
- Did anyone apply for a job at McDonald’s during National Hiring Day? Did you get hired?
- Is anyone having trouble getting hired?
- Has anyone been laid off?
- How has your experience looking for a first job been different than that of your parents or older siblings? Why?
- What are some things you can do to enhance your chances of getting hired when you apply for a job?
This activity is designed for students in grades 9-12. It can complement English Language Arts, media criticism, marketing, and current events classes.
Please review the article prior to sharing it with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.
Contact Julie Burridge if you need help finding the article for discussion.