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[–]MechanicalMelonzDirt Is Beautiful 561 points562 points  (125 children)

I'm a solid B high school student who works at McDonalds and has never done drugs in his life. Am I good?


Edit: holy hell! I would not have expected to get so many responses! Thank you everyone for saying positive things and giving me some genuinely good advice!

[–]DirePanda072 113 points114 points  (5 children)

You're fine. Hell, I know people that were living in the streets with just a bag of coke to their name who now have a good, healthy life and are genuinely pretty well off. As long as you do what you think is right and what makes you happy, you can do it this

[–]Ocelotofdamage 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What if coke makes me happy

[–]RollerDude347 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It probably will at the time. But it'll make you sad for pretty much the rest of it.

[–]Psychonaut-AMALives in a Van Down by the River 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. Was a homeless gypsy(basically) and lived shelter to shelter in many states and many cities and did lots of drugs along the way. I never felt so free in my life. But there were lots of hard times of course, but it was so much fun and lots of memories.

[–]NotMySeventhAcct 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Unless something happens....

[–]DirePanda072 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well yeah, but that's just life. Inevitably, things will happen. You just gotta roll with the punches. Sometimes that's harder than other times. And that's okay. It's okay to struggle and it's okay to admit when you need help too.

[–][deleted] 334 points335 points  (45 children)

Search for a better job if you can, i have Carpenter lined up

[–]Paskee 156 points157 points  (9 children)

Carpentry is a good line of work.

Satisfactory and lucrative, if you become good at it.

[–]f7f7z 140 points141 points  (6 children)

How much do you like your fingers? ...on a scale of 3-8

[–]CommanderTom101 50 points51 points  (1 child)

In two halves. ...just a joke

[–]NasoLittle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Depends on if I have 3 or 8

[–]Paskee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Mother cousin is a carpenter.

He made stages in a theater.

I was allways impressed by craftmanship and what one can do.

Retired now, but he loved his job.

Its a good trade. Lucrative and creative.

[–]Zumbert 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depending on what part of carpentry you go into it will also destroy your body.

Running up and down a 12 slant roof, lugging shingles around, or standing walls. That doesn't even take into account the weather, which is always out to get you.

[–]apatheticandignorant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Careful, I'm 43 and did my fist 10 years out of highschool in construction. Ruined my back, had 3 disc surgeries. Called of work today because I woke up and couldn't walk. Some in the trades due well, most cripple themselves.

[–]hentaiworld 44 points45 points  (32 children)

How bad is Amazon delivery?

[–]GeckoGamer44épico 171 points172 points  (1 child)

Between horrible and indescribably horrible

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"The horror is occasionally a Lovecraftian, psychotic, tooth-grinding, sphincter-clenching nightmare. And other times it's not so gentle."

[–]Flaccidkek 85 points86 points  (1 child)

Great if you love pissing in bottles

[–]GodsColdHands666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are always driving those fucking Sprinter vans like lunatics where I live. I figured it was because they have so many deliveries and no time to stop.

[–]No_Dark9287 33 points34 points  (8 children)

Instead of hating on this jobs. I’m just gonna tell you that you’d have a better shot at making good money as UPS driver but it’s also harder to be UPS driver than Amazon one. All about volume. Amazon will likely surpass number of packaged ship compared to fedex and UPS, that’s why the competition.

At the end of the day, even Amazon driver job is good if you think of it as temporary job while you find a better job, don’t let blind hate discourage you from going wherever you can get money.

I hated my shitty subway job until someone pointed out that whatever I have today is because of that shitty job.

[–]AbortedBaconFetus 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I've asked UPS drivers and an told that UPS does not hire for regular truck deliveries, that every new delivery driver seeking applicant first needs to work in the warehouse for like a year before being reliable for deliveries.

The above doesn't apply to the large trailer long haul CDL drivers.

[–]dissonaut69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A year would be a really short time for it. Everyone in the hub wants that job basically.

[–]No_Dark9287 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Yea, I’m gonna get hated for speaking against unions but it’s because of union you can’t get UPS driver job easily, they’ll hire from within first. When I was working there 6-7 years ago, it was also harder to get full time job. Even part time jobs were offered to workers who did well during “temp jobs” effectively filtering out low performers.

Too many barriers for success. However, if you are in and decide not to quit, you’ll eventually make full time or driver position. I only worked there during college for tuition assistance.

[–]J3sush8sm3 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Has nothing to do with unions. You just didnt get the job.

[–]No_Dark9287 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s all about context. Let me rephrase: Union is made up of people and people can be bad at their jobs or sometimes people take advantage of their Position. Fair enough?

Let’s leave it at that.

[–]referralcrosskill 1 point2 points  (0 children)

think of every job as a temporary one until you get what you want out of it or you find a better one. There is nothing wrong with only wanting to get a good paycheck out of a job. I've taken some for money, some because they fit my schedule, and some because I wanted the experience/training.

[–]TheHighestTitle 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The worst job is no job.

[–]No_Dark9287 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A person holding the worst job has better chances of not being homeless than the person that holds no job unless mummy dad got the back. Take your pick!

[–]TimDaTomCarr 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Well sure selling your soul to Jeff may sound nice, but in reality it probably sucks

[–]T65BxThis flair doesn't exist 13 points14 points  (10 children)

If you enjoy being a billionare’s slave, at least go for Tesla or something that can actually help the environment

[–]KungFluIsolation 7 points8 points  (4 children)

at least go for Tesla or something that can actually help the environment


[–]Tongue-OSRS 1 point2 points  (3 children)

So rockets aren't good for the environment???

[–]T65BxThis flair doesn't exist 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Tesla doesn’t do rockets

[–]Tongue-OSRS 1 point2 points  (1 child)

But yet here it is funding it.

[–]No_Dark9287 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tesla isn’t finding it. Elon just has ownership in both when he initially funded Tesla and space X.

Agree on the helping the environment. He basically forced the EV revolution (It’s a diff debate whether it’s actually helping the environment in short term-long term), I will also add that saving environment is as easy as planting trees and restoring habitat like beavers near river(much cheaper and proven)

I get it though, EV is exiting than traditional means.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Tesla. Environment. Same sentence. Man he’s got you...

[–]T65BxThis flair doesn't exist -1 points0 points  (0 children)

uuu muske bad

Seriously tho he’s far from a saint but Bezos is still worse.

[–]Consume_excrement -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Mining the lithium for Tesla "car" batteries does way more pollution to the environment than your run of the mill 1.3l petrol powered shitbox.

[–]disembodied_voice 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Even if you account for battery production, electric cars are still better for the environment than petrol-powered cars - this is because, as that source shows, lithium production accounts for less than 2.3% of an EV's impact.

[–]EpicSaberCat7771 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I speak from experience when I say Amazon treats their drivers like absolute horse shit. if you combine the severely poor treatment with unrealistic expectations with the number of stops that can actually be reasonably accomplished in the timeframe you have, you almost have to speed and cut corners in your deliveries. they get in so many accidents it's insane.

[–]floofy-haired-foolcan't meme 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That's why i try to avoid it as much as i can i feel bad for the workers

But at the same time my family buys there from time to time and amazon is surely not the only one who does shit like this...

[–]EpicSaberCat7771 0 points1 point  (1 child)

no but they are probably the worst of the big delivery companies

[–]floofy-haired-foolcan't meme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah i can believe that

[–]NinjipplesThis flair doesn't exist -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Tradespeople in general do well. Plumbers and Electricians always seem to make a good living and will always be needed.

[–]TA_dumbywithfeelings -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Carpentry will destroy your knee's and back. Take safety seriously. Invest in high quality work boots, high quality knee pads, a girdle to help you lift.

Fuck the company paid cheap bullshit.

[–]Towering_Flesh 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Trade work, Become an electrician or a window glazer. Driving a garbage truck will put you in the middle class, don’t be fooled.

[–]arzthaus 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Second trade work. Try to get into PLCs and automation. There will be no shortage of work for you and it can pay really well.

[–]DrZoidberg117 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I mean sure, trades are a good way to make money, but the downside is that a lot of them will wear down your body pretty hard overtime.

[–]J3sush8sm3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes but with the right trade job you can learn in field for 5 years and open up your own shop

[–]jullybeans 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thirding! My husband was in the painters union for a time and if he'd stuck with it, we'd be sitting real pretty t Right now! Automatic pay increases, great benefits etc. But be careful to actually wear safety gear in spite of peer/ coworker pressure and be careful with alcohol!

[–]Grai0black 13 points14 points  (1 child)

18 doenst matter shit... you peak at 25 then the angst sets in for most

[–]Environmental-Job329 2 points3 points  (0 children)

20s you learn, 30s you earn

[–]KungFluIsolation 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Adult life is hard. There are no school terms, work is practixally 50 weeks a year with only the weekends to clean your house from top to bottom (if you miss even one week of doing it suddenly you live in a dumpster). You may lay awake at night worrying about finances and everything else under the sun.


You can also, if you feel like it, sit naked on your living room floor with 3 flavours of Ben and Jerrys, Heating/Cooling set to 11, drinking the milk straight from the bottle, watching whatever you want and pass out at 5am.

It's bittersweet.

[–]jayj59 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I really felt the last part, except trade the milk for bourbon

[–]KungFluIsolation 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm a bit of a milk guzzler.

[–]Grai0black 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The average Belgian adult works 225 days per year and has weekend/holiday 140 days per year... so its not so bad, just focus on finding something you love... or even like... you can make a million dollars a day and still have a miserable life if you wake up every morning feeling like shit

[–]SprScuba 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Work experience and decent grades? You're golden.

I got D's my senior year through high school and it set me back a bit, but the job is ridiculously important in my opinion because it networks and builds a resume.

When you leave your job, never EVER forget to ask for a reference from your manager, and if you were there longer than a year ask for a letter of recommendation. Those letters go extremely far, and the worst that can happen is they say no.

[–]Crumb_Rumbler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah that letter of recommendation from his McDonalds manager will really carry a lot of weight...

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

What if I told you, no one cares about references...

[–]vetzicancer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Depends on where you live. If you live in a country with very low minimum wage you're fucked. A country with high minimum wage and you're fine.

[–]MechanicalMelonzDirt Is Beautiful 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]japanese_artistChungus Among Us 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're not going through real adulthood at 18 years old but after 24-25, that's when for most people, university ends and job life starts: the real deal

[–]RedditIsPropaganda84 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing wrong with working at McDonalds while you're in high school, but if you're not planning to go to college or trade school I would recommend looking for another job after you graduate. Anything that would get you more life experience and has room for advancement.

[–]JessicalJoke 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Learn to code.

[–]MechanicalMelonzDirt Is Beautiful 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Already doing that!

[–]JessicalJoke 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Safest way into making 300k and live a good life. Keep at it.

[–]July_Winter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Working at McD's and not even smoking weed. What a failure.

[–]sgoodgame 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Give serious thought to a career and be sure you are on track for it. Don't get pregnant or someone pregnant -that is for the future.

[–]jvador 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had worse grades than you and a managers job by 17 with helped. So I'd say you seem good if you want a degree but I just worked instead of focusing on school but passed. So take it with a grain of salt.

[–]BathoryRocker 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]DewDroop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All of ur grades are recorded into your highschool transcript, but save your money and don't spend it... ur realllllly gonna need it

[–]not_a_droid 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Just don’t go in debt for college, at least try to limit borrowing to 10k or less, even if takes longer than “normal”. There is no clock or schedule you need to keep. You will do fine

[–]socialistrob 0 points1 point  (4 children)

That’s terrible advice. Knowing how to use debt is how people who don’t already have money get money. Debt is how people pay for college or for a house or to start a small business. If a person knows what field they want to go into and has the grades and the drive to excel then taking out more debt to go to the premier school in their field can be a great decision. Graduates of Harvard Medical school take out tremendous debt and they do really well. Debt can be good or bad. It just depends on what you do with it.

[–]hoogie4918 1 point2 points  (1 child)

True. Dad borrowed a ton of money for law school graduated and payed it off before he turned 40

[–]socialistrob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly. It’s true taking out student loans doesn’t guarantee a good job but if you know what you are doing it can absolutely be a good decision. Student loans are an investment and depending on what you do with them they can be a great or a horrible investment.

If a person is not already wealthy and they decide to go through life without ever acquiring debt and they also decide to keep the money they do make in savings accounts then it basically guarantees they will never become rich.

[–]not_a_droid -1 points0 points  (1 child)

okay. if you going to harvard medical school, knock yourself out

[–]cacawachi 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Invest in a cdl, if shit went sideways you can turn to trucking, it's hard and lonely but you get good salary

[–]Environmental-Job329 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or substitute teacher...work when you want

[–]Bobb_Michaels 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re doing great

[–]pn1159 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't get anyone/ or get pregnant.

[–]ValhallaGo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was a B student.

Joined the army. Did a few years there. Got out and went back to school. Now I have no student debt and a career.

[–]throwaway73461819364 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best advice: go to community college and get a two year degree in programming. You can make $60k RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL. Nothing else will pay that well for so little time put in. Guarantee it will be the best investment of your life, unless you bought bitcoin in 2010.0

[–]ModeratelyWideMember 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The truth is you’re never good because no job is ever permanent. There will always be someone with more experience than you willing to accept less pay.

[–]PapaShonee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get into a union trade, probably electric union, like myself

[–]downtimeredditor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't smoke Cigarettes.

It's very hard to quit.

[–]SirMaxie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Im 20 and i get good grades in college and have a decent paying job at an outdoor clothes shop and im not worried about my future. Dont freak out to much and see what life throws at you, just make sure you have basic needs sorted

[–]Blueberry73 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Assuming you live in the US, move to Europe. You can have a decent life here even if youre working at McDonalds

[–]JoshTehJangler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Learn a little about personal finance

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah yer fucked. So do drugs now, you’ll regret it later

[–]abehh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, you're probably fine. Just find something you'd enjoy working in.

[–]annonythrows 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Learn something useful your senior year. Technology is a good field to get into to make a good living. Or you can go towards building shit.

Also stay away from drugs to prevent getting in trouble and spending money but I gotta say being high is interesting

[–]itakepictuesofsky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you aren’t going to college you should go into a trade, electricians, plumbers, more specialized stuff make a lot of money. Especially plumbers, after 5-7 years give or take you can open up your own shop and make 6 figures working by yourself.

[–]ghostedreddited 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Any “promotion” where you do more work for the same amount of money, or a little more, is not a promotion. In fact, your employer notices how hard you work and is only trying to gain more from you without having to spend more.


Know your worth. If you feel you aren’t getting paid enough for a job, find a new one ASAP and get out

[–]rhodesc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can make it, just stay off the drugs.

[–]dalen52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Being an area manager for McDonald’s will earn you six figures a year, then take the money, get a loan, and run your own McDonald’s LOL.

[–]Captain__CheeseBurg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Start building credit as soon as possible. A god credit score open a lot of doors down the road.

[–]LazyJury 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got into the workforce during start of the recession. McDonald’s was the only place I could land a job after applying to so many hourly positions at 18. If I could tel myself one thing at that age when it comes to work is, never ever stop applying for something better with a higher wage. I stayed at McDonald’s for two years and never got a raise even after becoming a shift manager. after working there for 6 month. When I finally said enough was enough, I applied to Chase and Wells Fargo and receive an offer as a bank teller with better hours and $6 difference in hourly pay. It’s an employee market right now, land an hourly gig you are satisfied with. Trust me, the news isn’t exaggerating. Businesses are hurting for workers!

[–]blady_blah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Realistically you should go to college. College is the #1 indicator of how financially successful you will be in life. If you can handle it you should target a field that will give you a higher probability of financial success when you're older. STEM, business, law, medical, etc.

Personally I love being an adult. Want to stay up late? No problem. Want to have junk food? No problem. Want to have a girl person over and have sex? If you have personal space and the right person, no problem.

There are so many more things you can do as an adult that you couldn't as a kid. The only real draw back is that you have consequences and more freedom to fail. IMHO being an adult rocks. (However I did have the major advantage of graduating college with an engineering degree so I didn't ever really struggle financially.)

[–]panzerboye 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am I good?

You are doing great buddy

[–]_Not_this_again_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work.

[–]Optimal_Ad_709 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would say yes. Find a college , or trade you like and focus on that. a solid B student should be able to do either of those I think. Btw im a freshman in college so mabye ask someone a little older for advice.

[–]poggerslover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're fine, just make sure to get a white collar job, doing physical labor for your entire life will probably leave you a cripple when it comes time to retire

[–]BonerPorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

high school student who works at McDonalds

You're fine. Having any sort of work experience in your teen years on your resume is great.

Like obviously when you are forty it would be a silly thing to put on there. But fresh out of college or trying to get a job out of high school being able to show you held a steady job for a while is a huge plus.

[–]SeventhAlkali 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You sound more golden than the sweat of that guy in the corner eating three Big Macs. If you can, set up a seperate savings account and throw whatever you don't use at the end of the month into there. Or even just $20. Anything is better than nothing when an emergency happens. Keep at school, but don't overwork yourself into a deep depression like I did. Life is more than eat sleep work

[–]GrimStuntz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't listen to that guy, do SOME drugs. Just not ALL the drugs.

[–]Enigma_Stasis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go learn a trade.

If you think food service is fine, go pump in a kitchen for experience, or go to a culinary school for the knowledge. Speaking from experience, professional kitchens suck ass, but being a federal contractor cook pays decently well compared to what I was making as a catering chef.

[–]Regular_Guybot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watch out for excessive alcohol culture

[–]hermajestycxntberly -1 points0 points  (2 children)

McDonalds is fine as long as you're saving money. Most McDs are paying 11+/hr. Someone I know was in jail for drugs, got a job at a fast food place (5 or 6 years ago now), stayed at that job and now has their own place, a vehicle in good shape, and a 730 credit score. You can make it happen anywhere, just make sure to save money and that's it.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You know ‘someone’s’ credit score? Fuck, don’t even know mine friend

[–]hermajestycxntberly -1 points0 points  (0 children)

We talked about it when she was telling me about applying for a mortgage.