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R

he British
economy may be
experiencing
uncertain times,
but if there's one
thing British
people like to do,
it's shop. Retail is the UK's largest
private sector employer and generates
more than £358bn a year in sales.
And while many high-street stores
have ceased trading in recent years,
smaller, independent shops are
appearing and online shopping is
continuing to grow in popularity.
Working in retail can be a great
choice if you enjoy meeting people and
follow trends. If you relish the
excitement of selling, working on the
shop floor could be an option. There
are also plenty of roles behind the
scenes, in areas such as design,
marketing, buying and merchandising,
as well as roles within e-commerce, a
sector created by the ever-growing
number of online stores.
"We're seeing a divergence between
the big players and more niche stores,"
says Richard Cuthbertson, research
director at the Oxford Institute of
Retail Management at the University of
Oxford. "The big players are getting
bigger and more global through the
efficiencies of their back office, and

their investment in supply chain, IT,
and so on. At the same time, we're also
seeing the growth of stores that focus
on a particular customer."

WHICH ROLE?

When it comes to retail, opportunities
are vast. You generally won't need
formal qualifications if you start as a
store assistant, but you will need a
positive, hard-working attitude, good
communication skills and the ability to
remain calm under pressure.
You can also get your foot in the door
by taking an apprenticeship, studying
for qualifications as you earn, or you
can complete a diploma or degree and
join as a management trainee. "It's still
possible to join a retailer after leaving
school, college or university and
develop a successful career, as retailers
promote on merit," says Cuthbertson.
Graduates are in high demand in
retail - the majority of big names take
on graduates every year through their
in-house management training
schemes. Strong business acumen
gained from a business management or
marketing degree can be sought-after
by employers and stand you in good
stead for a successful career in retail.
"Higher academic qualifications
should help you along the way and may
make your path quicker or easier," says

TOP RETAIL
EMPLOYERS

According to the Guardian UK 300
2017/18 survey, the top 10 graduate
retail employers are:
Amazon
John Lewis Partnership
Arcadia Group Ltd
Marks & Spencer
Abercrombie & Fitch
Aldi
Boots
Lidl
TJX Europe (TK Maxx)
Next plc

Cuthbertson. "However, retailers
invest in training and it's this
investment in people that has helped
develop today's retail leaders."

WHY RETAIL?

There are many reasons to choose a
career in the retail industry:
It's a sociable industry, where you'll
meet and work alongside lots of
different types of people
The work environment is fast-paced
and never dull - businesses are
constantly thinking of ways to reach
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