There Is Always McDonald’s

The head of the British division of fast food giant McDonald’s has got a solution to the United Kingdom’s higher education problem. Just guess.

According to a piece in Financial News:

McDonald’s boss, Jill McDonald has said she believes many school leavers would be better off with a job with the fast food giant than going to university.

The McDonald’s chief executive yesterday called for education ‘snobbery’ to end, many youngsters may feel they should get a degree as it’s become the norm for many 6th-form and college leavers.

More than half of her executive team even started work flipping burgers, she said. “I am definitely not saying that people shouldn’t go to university if they have the opportunity to do so, but I do believe it might not be the right route for everyone,” she added.

Well right, it especially may not be the right route for everyone now that the Cameron government has jacked up tuition at British universities.

Since McDonald’s is a franchise-based company, the opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited. McDonald came to her current position after serving as an executive at British Airways.

Obviously many people who can’t afford college end up working in service industries. It’s just that service jobs are kind of terrible.

McDonald herself earned a business studies degree from Brighton Business School.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer