Twenty-two years ago, Fiona de Barre started her first job in retail, aged 17. The self-proclaimed ‘lifer’ had a baby daughter to support and decided she didn’t want to become another teenage mother statistic. The answer was retail.
Everybody knows that the only way to get ahead is to push yourself, but is it really as simple as feeling the fear and doing it anyway? The Register editor Sarah Dunn muses on achievement and personal development.
Developing and training managers-to-be is one of the key things retailers should be thinking about, according to retail expert Chris Wilkinson.
Teneile Patea didn’t see herself as management material when she first joined Kmart as a 19-year-old single mum in 2005, but in the last two years, she has progressed from trainee manager, to sales manager, to store manager at the Botany outlet.
What do your staff really get up to when you’re not on the shop floor? Rostered On, an Australian comedy show set in an electronics retail store, satirises the negative aspects of low-level retail jobs. We asked its creator how true to life it was intended to be.