Confessions of A Retail Associate

retailmemeHey everyone! I know I promised that I would make a weekly YouTube video where I would talk about what happened during the week as well as my thoughts on various subjects but right after I came up with the idea, I got a second job. In addition to tutoring at an afterschool program, I have a second job as a retail associate at a clothing store at my local mall that shall not be named(heaven forbid that someone from management or corporate finds my page doing a Google search…don’t need any unnecessary drama lol) and I have a lot to say about the few weeks I have worked at this particular company. Think of this as 3 weeks worth of random thoughts blogs lol

Before I get into my life as a sales associate at _____ , I want to fill you in with my retail job history. I had a seasonal retail job 3 years ago at another major clothing store while I was still in school. I really didn’t like it because the store was in a mall that wasn’t near my house and since I don’t drive, (I am working on it so no lectures lol) I had to take 2 buses and one of the bus lines was in an unsafe area so I was always on high alert while waiting and riding the bus. Needless to say, I didn’t stay at the store after the holidays!

Fast forward to 3 years later and once again, I find myself in retail. After graduating last year with a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, I assumed that I would find a decent job in my field of study right away especially since I graduated with a 4.0 and many other accolades. Boy was I wrong! I have been actively looking for a full-time job for over a year now and haven’t had any luck finding a position that will help me get to where I want to be in life. By the beginning of September, I decided that I could no longer be picky with the type of position I wanted and I needed to find another job that would help me pay off some bills as well as help my mother out with everyday expenses. Retail associate positions are always open especially around the holidays so I figured that working as a part-time associate wouldn’t be so bad the second time around, especially since I wasn’t in school anymore and I would only work mornings during the week so I wouldn’t be burned out. I was hired as a part-time retail associate at the store that shall not be named in early November and I was kind of excited because the store was new to my area and everyone was new to the company outside of the store manager who previously worked at other stores in the company. I figured that I could have a fresh start and be on the sales floor helping customers out and all the “sales” stuff I did before at my old retail job. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that simple! All of the sales associates were hired before the store had been set up so guess who they expected to do all the set up work: the retail associates. We had to put sensors on clothing and accessories, help with setting up the visual areas and move everything so it could be in its proper place. Other companies have visual merchandisers and stock associates that are hired to specifically do these tasks but at this company, upper management expects the retail associates and lower level management to do these tasks. We put in a few 11 and 12 hour shifts to make sure the store was ready for its grand opening so I figured that I would go back to normal retail associate behavior after the store opened. Once again, I was mistaken! Myself and the rest of the associates are still doing multiple roles for close to nothing and I’m trying to see if its even worth it in the end. Like what is my motivation for being here??? I am really not sure. I can’t say its my fellow associates and managers that motivate me or cheer me up because outside of 1 or 2 associates, I really don’t care for anyone there enough to develop any real type of friendship. I think that one of the associates tried to steal my iPhone 6 on the low my second day on the job but wasn’t smart enough to turn the phone off so I found the phone in a box in the dumpster behind the mall. Most of the customers are not interested in our help so that makes the day go by soooo slowly! On top of that, the managers are wishy-washy (I think that one of the managers is bipolar!) and I am the oldest sales associate so I kind of feel like I should be at management level age wise instead of being where I am now. My biggest fear is being stuck doing something I don’t want to do because of obligations instead of doing something that I love that fulfills me. I read a quote on Instagram the other day that really spoke to me which said:

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision”

I don’t want to end up losing my vision because of outside interferences so I tell myself that this job is just a pit-stop to where I need to be and not my final destination. Having a job in this crazy economy is a blessing in itself so I am just going to stick with it until something better comes along. I am pretty sure that I will have more tales to tell before 2014 is over so stay tuned!

P.S.- I won’t reveal the name of the company I work for so don’t even think about asking me 😛

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!