Attend Hamburger University For A Real Education

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I don’t usually come right out and say it, but for nearly three years after I graduated from college I was a manager for hamburger1.jpgWendy’s, the fast food restaurant. It isn’t that I am ashamed of this position, it just isn’t directly relevant to what I do today.

Book v. Real Life Experience

The time I spent at Wendy’s did something for me that my college studies could not provide — it gave me real life experience on how to manage a business and work with people. Sure, I could have learned this over time elsewhere, but the fast food companies have perfected these procedures into a science.

Managing A Business, Not Just Burgers

If you are planning on graduating from college soon, then seeking a position as a manager at a fast food restaurant can seem beneath you. I know that when the Burger King recruiters showed up at my campus, I ignored their table. Still, when the economy soured for new grads the summer after I finished up school, I ended up applying and being accepted as a manager trainee for Wendy’s.

College Credit and More

Hamburger University is an actual school near McDonald’s headquarters just outside of Chicago. Started in the basement of one of the first MickeyD restaurants in the early 1960s, the school now sits on an 80-acre campus.

Thousands of McDonald’s managers from around the world attend the school to hear lectures and take tutorials on how to run a business and on leadership. The program is recognized by the American Council on Education as college-level coursework and those credits can be transferred to other colleges and universities and used toward a degree program.

I Already Have A Degree

That degree you have gave you plenty of head knowledge, but it probably did not allow you to apply that knowledge to the real world. Food management, human resources management, business development, marketing, and more are learned at the restaurant level and every store is different.

I’m not saying that attending Hamburger University is something you must do, but it is the type of program that business managers need — hands on experience on building your business and tips on how to train and motivate employees.

It kind of takes the sting out of flipping hamburgers, doesn’t it?

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