Is a Career in Retail Really That Bad?

Working in retail can at time be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you’re forced to work in a busy shop, for long hours around Christmas, but what are the main benefits of working in the retail industry?

Well, firstly you can enter without any qualifications and then build on from there. If you know you want to work in retail, then you can apply straight out of school and most companies have scope for progression.

It’s a growing sector and there’s also a lot of job security in retail. There’s always going to be customers that need serving or responding to, and you could stay in a job role for years and years. The retail industry also brings a lot of discounts and bonuses if you’re meeting targets, and this is definitely one of the main benefits, and most shops will provide at least some kind of discount for all staff members. So perhaps it’s actually not so bad after all – especially for those interested in progressing.

Another One Bites the Dust

Rejections happen, they have to happen because at the end of the day, jobs are precious. There’s nothing wrong with competition, but you have to be able to handle rejection if you want to succeed.

If you’re on a bit of a bad streak, possibly receiving 5 or 10 consecutive rejections from various employers, you don’t need to be alarmed. There are hundreds of people who apply for jobs, sometimes thousands, and there will be plenty of people in the same shoes as you.

When ‘another one bites the dust’ just think here’s always the next one, and there will eventually be a breakthrough if you’re persistent enough. The battle of finding a job can be made much more difficult if you’re battling with your confidence and self esteem, so don’t let rejection get you down because your next opportunity is just around the corner.

The Problem with Being Overqualified

Having a long list of qualifications is not always a good thing, especially when you find yourself in a desperate job hunt.

You may be looking to take any job, even if it means going back into retail work, and it can be a good decision, but employers may feel as though you’re not dedicated, because you’ll be immediately looking for something else, and this is when you’ll see that you’re overqualified.

You may then have trouble applying for a graduate job, because you don’t have enough experience, but persistence pays off, and you shouldn’t’ feel as though you’re not wanted anywhere. Only you know your dreams and if you’re overqualified for certain roles undertake work experiences to get you foot into the door of your desired industry, you will then never have to consider a ‘step back’ job position again.

Understanding Recruitment Agencies

When you’re looking to break into a particular industry, you may find that you’re continuously being contacted by recruitment agencies. It may sound great at first, like you’re being headhunted, but be warned they only have their own interests at heart.

Recruitment agencies are under pressure to fill job positions and it’s in their interest to speak to as many relevant people as possible. They can often sound as though they’re your friends; looking out for you and helping you get that dream job.

However, when a position has been filled you, may not hear from them again, and you should never pin your hopes up on getting a job through a recruitment agency. Some of course will help you and do what they can to get you a job, but make sure you don’t rely upon a particular agency, unless of course you’re paying for their services.

Starting from the Bottom

Whether you have a classy degree and a nice set of A levels, it’s important to know that you’re absolutely nothing to an industry without relevant work experience. The first job roles you can apply for are always going to be at the bottom of the pile, and in many ways when you come out of school or university, you have to prove yourself all over again.

That’s life, and you’ll certainly climb quickly if you use your skills and qualifications to develop further, but you should never fool yourself into thinking you’re going to start from the top. You have to gain respect in your industry, and prove you’re capable of reaching great heights, and like every individual, you do have to start from the bottom.

Breaking into some industries is really difficult, and you may even have to undertake unpaid work experience, so be prepared to start form the bottom in your dream industry.

3 tips that will help you in your next job interview…

It can take a great deal of determination and hard work to get a job interview, and that only makes the experience even more nerve-wracking when it comes along, especially if it’s your ‘dream job’.

To help you calm your nerves, we’ve got some handy tips:

  • Picture the interviewer as if he or she is naked, that way you won’t feel as intimidated when they ask tough questions, and you will then hopefully begin to speak with a little more confidence.
  • You also need to remember that you’re being interviewed because they like your CV, so just make sure you’re going further into detail. They know your CV but they don’t know you, and you must try to let your personality out, no matter how nervous you feel.
  • Our third and final tip is to make sure you’re asking questions. You probably want to know what your role would be, and the more interest you show in them, the more interest they’ll show in you.

Start-up Business Courses

There are countless courses one can enrol onto, both online and offline, and one of the most general courses is a start-up business course. If you’ve just come out of school or university and you have a brilliant idea that you want to turn into a money maker, then this type of course can give you the skills you need to succeed, or can it?

Some of these courses are extremely generic, and they are not tailored to your idea, so you do get a great deal of irrelevant information. Some skills you will quire will be transferable, and suitable for your business, but it’s important to know that more niche courses are out there. You can find business courses that are tailored for your specific industry.

A photographer looking to start up their business will get a lot more relevant information form a startup photography business course then a generic business course, so do remember that you can be more specific today.

Arts Degrees and Qualifications

Qualifications in artistic subjects are mocked by some yet admired by others, and that’s because you don’t necessarily need a degree to be a good dancer, artist or photographer, and a qualification may not be crucial to your career.

Some people will say that you just have to get out there and get the experience, ‘forget the qualifications’, but it’s even better if you can do both. Just because a subject is not academic, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not important.

Some companies will put qualifications above experience while others will just want to see real work experience and if you’re deciding on whether to not to undertake an arts degree, make sure you consider the route you want to take and the companies you aspire to work for.

No degree is useless, but only you can make it useful.

Top Degree Subjects for Job Prospects

There are some degrees that get a lot of credit in terms of opening up job opportunities, and while it’s down to the individual, there are some courses that have proven to be more successful than others.

Architecture has always been looked at as a highly targeted degree, and student who flourish in design in school, could get a place on an architecture course, and there’s no doubt that it will open you out to some terrific opportunities, and great pay too.

Law always has to be up there, and if you do well in a law degree, you’re going to reap the rewards after. It must be said that you certainly won’t start of at the top and it can take years to work your way up in this industry.

Languages have to be considered too. If you can speak multiple languages then you could be needed in several countries and not just one. As far as job opportunities go, this has to be one of the best, but it depend on the language you study and the demand for translations.

English Degree – What Next?

Okay so you’ve just graduated from university with a degree in English, but what next? It’s a broad subject but there are plenty of options out there. Not many people will come out with an English degree, write a book and become famous, but companies are always looking for writers.

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Online content is essential today and many companies have stepped into the world of content marketing. There is also the opportunity to head out into journalism, perhaps local newspapers, but you may need some NCTJ qualifications before you can break into this industry.

PR involves a great deal of content, such as writing press releases, news items and carefully wording reports. If you’ve studied English then you’re likely to be a clean writer and that’s a good skill, but you have to pick a niche and know exactly which industry you want to break into.