Last April I officially began my journey in the retail world. My first official job was working at DSW. I love shopping there but boy did I hate working there. Your coworkers truly make a difference in your work experience. You can have the worst job but best coworkers and it can make the job so much more enjoyable and vice versa. You can have the best job and worst coworkers making the job more dreaded. Now don't get me wrong, my coworkers were so nice and entertaining but the managers were unorganized. There were four different managers. Everyone is different so of course you know what you can and cannot do depending on the manager who is working during your shift. However, certain expectations are just too high LOL.
From personal experience, I know when I go into a store I would like to be greeted then left alone to do my shopping. If I do have any questions I would just like for there to be employees floating around the store so I can easily grab one for assistance. One of the managers would quiz us on the people in our designated areas for the store asking questions like, "What is that person shopping for today, are they a rewards member, how much were they looking to spend, or what event were they were shopping for?" What customer wants to have that long of a conversation while shopping?!?! And why would you sign someone up for rewards on the floor and not the register? After working here for about a month, I was "fired" but not really fired because I had to call to see why I was not put on the schedule and that is how I found out.
Retail isn't all bad. Towards the end of the summer I started my current job at Dry Goods. I love all the girls I work with, it is much smaller than DSW. I know all my coworkers and we hang out outside of work. They make the already fun work environment even more enjoyable. Retail is not bad at all it can definitely be fun it just depends on where and who you work with. Working in retail definitely makes me shop soooo much more but it has forced me to dress outside the box. Overall I love my retail experience and feel it is help prepare me for owning my own boutique one day.