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post #16 of 21
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I know people who dropped out of school at 16, joined a shop, became manager, area manager, regional manager and finally directors on the board within about 10 years.

From high school drop out to a 26 year director on the board huh?

sorry, but bullshit to the max.

+1

But some people do surprise me, a friend of mine blew off undergrad to start a non profit and it's doing very well now. (501(c)3 status)

Friend of mine dropped out of undergrad and now makes bank working for microsoft, but he is smart and 36/38 years old.

BUT a 26 year old director, either the guy is well connected (mommy and daddy connections) OR a fucking networking GOD and smart. I still find it hard to believe though. BUT if your friend did it, congrats to him BUT OP please keep in mind that does not happen very often. Plus a university degree serves as a backup plan, you can get by with a degree making 50k a year.
post #17 of 21
I would look in to sales instead of retail, BtB sales is so much exciting (see Globertrotter).

I worked retail while in school and the worst thing about it was the customers, I don't know why but people tend to think it's okay to be a GIANT idiot, when they are shopping and treat people like shit, I had a customer try to punch me once, for something I had nothing to do with, my boss told me afterwards, that I was allowed to hit back (this info should part of the interview).
post #18 of 21
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+1
But some people do surprise me, a friend of mine blew off undergrad to start a non profit and it's doing very well now. (501(c)3 status)
Friend of mine dropped out of undergrad and now makes bank working for microsoft, but he is smart and 36/38 years old.
BUT a 26 year old director, either the guy is well connected (mommy and daddy connections) OR a fucking networking GOD and smart. I still find it hard to believe though. BUT if your friend did it, congrats to him BUT OP please keep in mind that does not happen very often. Plus a university degree serves as a backup plan, you can get by with a degree making 50k a year.

I think I should have added a few caveats; the chain in question is a small one (5 shops with a radius of about 75 miles) and the reason the progression was swift was due to natural talent. The guy knew and understood his customers, was able to buy the stock they wanted and move what stock he had. I'm in no way suggesting that after a few years as a shop assistant at Top Shop you'll be working at Arcadia head offices. Having said that, the guy makes a good living, draws profits (and I suppose losses if they occur) and has made a decent career out of a "dead end job".

Don't for a second think that you'll be a retail mogul before you're 40 and own your own jet.
post #19 of 21
Is this company your considering in Houston?
post #20 of 21
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Are you still in school?
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Yes. I'm just looking for some tips, if anyone has gone beyond being a sales associate into maybe a buyer or manager and what it was like.

High school or college?

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Worst part is tht you can be making $75k and everyone still thinks your a $10/hr shmuck. They don't realize that you are a $75k schmuck. Some people in the cities make 90-100k and some over $200k but it is more rare.
You work holidays and weekends even as management, you are customer facing...even as management. If you work for a good company you received a great discount which can be helpful if you

You'd also be amazed at what some waiters and bartenders earn.
post #21 of 21
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I would look in to sales instead of retail, BtB sales is so much exciting (see Globertrotter).
I worked retail while in school and the worst thing about it was the customers, I don't know why but people tend to think it's okay to be a GIANT idiot, when they are shopping and treat people like shit, I had a customer try to punch me once, for something I had nothing to do with, my boss told me afterwards, that I was allowed to hit back (this info should part of the interview).

+1 I do B2B and have occasional customer interactions and I ducking hate that part. People are generally very stupid and just want to have their tastes validated. Drives me crazy.
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