Top student chooses to serve burgers as her job

Top student chooses to serve burgers as her job

She made the Dean's List while studying at the National University of Singapore - an accolade reserved for top students.

Before even graduating from her course in project and facilities management, she had two offers from quantity surveying firms.

But instead of slipping on high heels and conquering the corporate world, Ms Christina Ong has chosen to serve burgers and sundaes at McDonald's.

She is a manager at the fast food giant.

While the 27-year-old beams with pride when talking about her job, many people think otherwise, she says candidly.

"It's not something that people always think graduates should do.

"Some think it's a job people do in their spare time as a short stint in their teens, and do not see it as a viable career option," she adds.

Her career choice is an unconventional path among her peers, she muses.

Most of her friends work in offices, not fast food joints.

Her decision to join McDonald's full-time in March last year also raised eyebrows at home.

Her NTUC cashier mother and coffee-shop assistant father felt that she could get better pay elsewhere. The fact that she had to work shifts was also a sore point.

Fresh graduates like Ms Ong earn between $2,000 and $2,500 a month, says a McDonald's spokesman.

Some of her relatives also asked her point-blank why she would want to work at a fast food joint, doing such menial tasks as mopping up greasy floors and taking orders.

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