Build Your Retail Management Experience
March 11, 2013
•IADT General, IADT Detroit
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Entering the management end of business can be difficult when you lack experience, but you can take steps to gain the necessary skills. If a person is trying to pursue opportunities to build your retail management experience, these guidelines could help:
Gain Technical Knowledge and Training
Even if you have no professional experience in retail merchandise management, you can still pursue the training and knowledge the industry requires. Explore your options in a retail merchandise management degree program, and know that you can prepare before pursuing a profession. Some degree programs offer opportunities for you to gain practical, real-world experience in retail management. Use these opportunities to build your experience, even while pursuing an education.
One of the best ways to gain entry-level experience in any field is to obtain an internship. Retail merchandise management internships are available to students and recent graduates and often offer valuable merchandising experience. Contact retail merchandisers that interest you to see if you can work as an intern, even an unpaid one. You can sometimes get academic credit for unpaid internships, and it could give you invaluable experience before you pursue full-time opportunities.
Work Your Way Up
Most high-up managers don’t enter retail in their current position. Instead, they have to work their way up the management ladder. When you start pursuing professional opportunities, focus on entry-level positions. Once you work an entry-level position, you can prove your management abilities and aim for higher retail merchandise management positions.