Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 176
orking in retail
is a service
role, but there
are a lot more
the scenes than
you may realise.
As well as serving shoppers directly,
many more talents are needed to
run a busy and successful store.
Working as a sales adviser is a great
start to a career in retail as it will give
you valuable skills and experience.
The role can vary from manning a
till to giving advice about products.
Your main task is to serve customers
and make sure they're happy, so
great communication skills are key.
Many stores are now open 12 hours a
day or more, so shift work is common.
More than half the people in this sector
are part-time, and flexible hours mean
students and parents can find work
to fit in around other commitments.
Another benefit is the staff discounts
some stores offer their employees.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start around the minimum wage
and increase with experience; you
may also earn commission and
bonuses based on sales figures.
The role here is to run a store -
physical or online - as efficiently and
THERE'S MORE TO WORKING IN RETAIL THAN STANDING BEHIND A
TILL. HERE ARE SOME EXCITING OPTIONS IN THIS THRIVING SECTOR
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