Upon looking at my resume, I realize that I have had quite a varied working life. But the very first entry on that resume is a wonderful place called Burger King. Flipping burgers was my firs job that didn't require my parent's signature and payed me a fair wage (unlike the slave like jobs I had from age 13-17, but let's save that for another post). It taught me to be independent, on time and to value money and hard work. But it also gave me an insight to human nature.
Fast food work is considered as the "lowest" in the "desired work" department, but I'm here to tell you, there is no greater education. On your curriculum is psychology, economy, hygienics, management and medicine.
In no other profession will you have to learn how to deal with people at their lowest and their angriest as you will during a night shift at a fast food restaurant. Your daily client base will range from small children and stressed out hungry parents, to efficient executives eating on the go, to loving couples, to drunk teens, homeless elders, and everything in-between. You have to adapt your service to all of these. And sometimes, what ever problem they may have, including lending an ear to someone who just might not have anyone but you to talk to.
You can advance quickly. If you're on time, engaged and you want to advance, you don't have to wait 10 years to reach management level. It is an easy ladder to climb and you learn a lot about economy and logistics in just a few months.
You are a part of a team! If you mess up an order, the person prepping the burger who will have to redo the order is going to scream at you, and so will you if they mess up your order. You learn how to yell at your co-workers, and you learn how to forgive, move on and take the next order.
You meet diversity of bosses.. Since most fast food places are franchasises you'll meet several type of managers. Some will be your guardian angel, working with you and helping out when those queues after the ACDC concert get way too long, some will just show up, do minimum work and blame you for not ordering enough tomatoes. You learn to deal with what ever type of manager is thrown at you.
So all in all, it is a job worth having.
And I feel it is a good solid work to have as a fall back!