Working In Retail - Pros & Cons02:12:00
I think the most common question I get ever asked is 'what are you doing in retail if you studied Film & Television?'. And my usual answer is, 'I love clothes!'. I do, I really do but there is so much more to it than I may be able to say in a short clear answer. Yes I did graduate with a bachelor in Film & TV studies last summer but at the moment I cannot imagine myself working in a studio somewhere backstage, carrying equipment or doing something of that sort. I wanna go straigt to making my own movies one day, (ha, I wish!) but we'll see. I would love to start a YouTube channel though at some point this year, would any of you be interested to watch? For some time I thought about why I'm doing what I'm doing in life at the moment, started debating the pros and cons in my head (probably whilst folding a pile of clothes at work) and thought that it would be fun to share with you guys an article about what are the things I like and hate about working in retail. So take a look at this little list.
1. Music - I love, love, LOVE having music at work. Not only is it an energy and mood booster but it also makes so much fun if you know the song and you can sing, whistle, twirl or do whatever makes you happy to the rhytm of music. I cannot think of any another day-time profession where there is music playing at work? (Correct me if I am wrong).
2. Co-workers - arguably the best thing about working in retail. They can be either the highlight of your job or the nightmare of all nightmares. I personally have continuously worked only with really nice people. I did encounter a few that were not the nicest bunch to be around, but overall I feel grateful to have met SO many wonderful people that I became friends with and who just created and continue to create an overall nice environment at work.
3. Discounts - oooh boy, this one is a love/hate kinda thing. I am sure everyone who's ever worked in retail will agree with me that this is like the best thing ever, yet the most dangerous for your bank account. Discounts for lunch at the shopping mall you work in, at companie's sister brands, or at your own store is so awesome if you have discounts. And I hate to break this, but some of the best stuff is always in the stockroom so on certain occasions, customers aren't even given a chance to get their hands on the best stuff.
4. Flexibility - most retail companies have very flexible schedules, meaning you will never work 8 to 5 / Monday to Friday, but will most likely have a schedule that's constantly changing. I love it, one day you get to sleep in, the next you're up and at it bright and early, or as they say the early bird gets the worm. I love this kind of job, I would go crazy if I had a routine.
5. Customers - I don't know how about you guys, but I love being appreciated. Especially for your work, or the energy you put into something. So if a customer is grateful for my help, or team-members for the hard work and efforts, than that's all the reward I need! I love sharing a genuine smile and wishing you a nice day, so to get the same in return just makes me happy. Here's to all the nice customers!
1. Customers - 'No, I don't have 20 minutes just for you. No, you cannot mess up the pile I just folded to perfection. No, you cannot treat me like I'm your slave and disrespect me at my work place. No, I don't like the way you talk to me.' BUT these are the things I will think and never say to a customer. Yes, that's retail, and sometimes the customers can be real a**holes, but you learn to let it go. You will complain and bitch about it for a few minutes and then you're back to doing your job.
2. Pain - those of you who work or have worked in retail, will know the joys of standing on your feet 8 hours a day. Not only your feet, legs and back will be sore. I still have not learned how to cope with this or how to make the soreness go away. Sometimes your body just gets so tired and exhausted that on days off all you wanna do is stay in your bed and never ever stand up.
3. Sales - now this one is probably the biggest disadvantage of all working in retail. The amount of work, preparation, team effort, individual energy goes into this is hard to describe. Sometimes I wonder why do people need so many clothes, why they are all behaving like savages while sales shopping? It gets pretty bonkers and sometimes you need three coffees, a Red Bull and a strong painkiller to survive a Saturday during sales.
I worked in retail for almost two years now, and have worked in two very different companies, so I managed to gather quite a bit of experience. I have been in a sales assistant position and then went into management, but the job is still pretty much the same, except that you have more responsibilities, which include emails, calls, paperworks etc. And although sales assistant and manager positions are quite different, I would still write the same pros and cons as these ones above. As you see, there are more pros then cons in my opinion. However, if you work(ed) in retail, what are your thoughts about it? Share your thought and experiences below!