ANTONIS TSONIDIS, 20 CREW, AYIA NAPA
“We offer love and a smile to people”
I am from Greece and I came to Cyprus in 2017 to do my military service at Stavrovouni in the Larnaca district. As soon as I finished the army I returned to Greece and a year later I found an advertisement for employment at McDonald’s so appealing that it made me want to return to Cyprus. Free accommodation for one year, a free meal every day, full training, with a very good and stable salary and significant benefits. Such opportunities are not found every day. The fact that I saw the beauty of the island and its people first-hand when I was here the first time, was another reason that made me want to return. In fact, I applied and moved immediately. I never regretted it even for a moment.
The friendly environment at McDonald’s made the adjustment so much easier. All my colleagues supported me and were at my side from the first moment. It was unbelievable how quickly we bonded and worked together as a team right from the beginning. The truth is I feel that I have gained a second family in Cyprus.
Contact with the customers and the fact that every day I meet new people is rewarding for me. At the restaurant in Ayia Napa where I work, we deal with a large number of tourists from all over the world and the communication with different cultures and nationalities fascinates me. It has helped me evolve as a person as well as an employee and gain more confidence in my daily interactions. The joy you feel when you offer love and a smile to people every day cannot be expressed with words.
During this past year I have seen myself evolve, develop and my capabilities recognized. I have already started training for my first promotion as Swing Manager, something which pleased me very much when it was announced to me. By the summer I will be a shift assistant and will be responsible for the management of the kitchen or service personnel, for the safety and quality of products and for much more. I look forward to this as well as to attending the first weekly seminar for Shift Management.