Career in Retail...?

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    Nov 21, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    Hey guys, i've been offered the position of assistant manager at the clothing store i work for.... i declined - I have this set path in my mind of joining the military and following in my dad's footsteps and going into criminal investigations/UN work.

    I've worked in retail since I was 15 (now 24) and i've always loved it, the fashion, the sales, the people business, even the stock/behind the scenes aspects. I discounted it as a career since I felt it wasn't a way for me to make a difference and people would just look down on me. I also have everyone convinced of my career path and they would just think im on a crazy idea train if i told them i was considering staying in retail.

    The options that would be open to me are management, district management, regional management, and even positions like fashion buyer and visual merchandiser for the company ( i had a talk with the district manager, she told me of all the positions and thinks i could go very far).

    Help. I need tips on life, haha. Anyone gone through this process, success, fail? I wouldnt mind a little advice on whether i can make a proper living doing this as well.

    Thanks guys!
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    Hey if you love it for it. I am sure the management level in retail can make a good living. I think the key is to get to some kinda management position and have that on your resume. It is easier to move around at that point. Good luck!
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    Nov 21, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    Fuck what other people think. Do what YOU want to do with your career.

    PS. Taking a management position does not lock you into a career. You're still free to change whenever.
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:48 AM GMT
    Take the management position and continue your plans to join the military. I agree with avadakedavra. Having a management title/position on your resume will help you out later on.
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    Nov 21, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Why can not you do both? Take the management position for a while and then go ahead with your military plans. It could do nothing but help you in the future after the military. I have made a very good living off of retail management for the past few years. I have been everything from cashier to district management. So you really can make a good living at it if that is what you like.
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    Nov 21, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    Do what you love.
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    Nov 21, 2010 6:12 PM GMT
    xrichx saidTake the management position and continue your plans to join the military. I agree with avadakedavra. Having a management title/position on your resume will help you out later on.



    ^^^THIS^^^^ And having it on your jacket that you turned down a chance at promotion will also be a question mark when the military looks at it during background checks....NEVER, EVER, turn down a promotion...take it from one who did...................Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Nov 21, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    A friend of mine said, "Whatever you do in life, do it for yourself". You can go far in any field of work. Work hard and network.
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    Nov 21, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    retail was always good too me.....worked for several retail chains in my day and one co went all the say to district....was a great job...never ever ever turn down a promo....take the job, still continue with your long term career path but you never know where this could take you