Let me be honest, I never dreamed of working retail as a career. Like a lot of people, at 19 I needed a job just to try to get by while I figured out what my long-term career goals were. Nearly 20 years later, I can say working retail has been an amazing part of my life and a source of tremendous personal and professional growth. Here are my four favorite things about working retail.
1. You Can Have Fun at Work!
I’ve had a lot of jobs: installing satellites, unloading trailers, even throwing hay bales and shoveling horse manure! Needless to say, none of them were super enjoyable. However, working retail has proven to be a ton of fun over the years. We’ve had cookouts, fun contests, and parties. I’ve dressed up like a flapper, a leprechaun, and batman in a tutu! You can regularly hear the sound of laughter coming from both our full team and manager meetings. Who knew you could have so much fun at work!
2. A Flexible Schedule Can be great for Work/Life Balance.
Not everyone has an interest in working 9-5 Mon-Fri. Whether you’re a single mother, student, or just like variety, retail schedules can be very flexible. When I was working my way through the ranks at Cargo Largo, I used to be off every Thursday and work every Saturday. I loved it because it allowed me to schedule doctor’s appointments, do my taxes, and go to the bank all without having to take any special time off. Plus, playing golf is cheaper, and the course is less busy, on weekdays! When I was taking college courses, it allowed me to take day classes and still work in the evening. To cap it off, when I closed the store or had my Thursday off, I got to take my daughter to school.
3. You Get to Interact with a Large Diversity of People.
I grew up in Independence in the 80’s and 90’s with a lot of people who were just like me. Working in retail has provided an opportunity to get to know (and love) people with lots of different life experiences than me. A team member who recently retired from Cargo Largo, once told me that many years ago, where she was from (the Philippines), didn’t have much of an education system. She was personally involved with ensuring women and children with financial struggles where able to go to school. It was amazing, and so different from anything I had ever experienced.
4. There are Plenty of Opportunities for Career Growth/Upward Advancement.
There is a strong market for retail jobs. Just take a quick drive around town, and you’ll see countless stores. Each of those stores has a great assortment of jobs. From leadership to IT to marketing or loss prevention, opportunity abounds. Consider my career path: I started in retail as a Loss Prevention Associate, was promoted to a Team Lead, and then to being a Loss Prevention Manager. From there I transitioned to the sales side and have been a Customer Service Manager, Retail Manager, Operations Manager, Store Manager and the Director of Retail, Marketing and Loss Prevention. If a person is willing to work hard and be dependable, the sky is the limit in a retail career.
Hopefully this blog has shed some light on how amazing a retail job can be. To begin your retail journey, visit cargolargo.com and click on the careers tab. We look forward to having you on the team!