BLAZE A TRAIL IN RE­TAIL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS -

YOUNG peo­ple hop­ing to climb ranks and reach a man­age­ment po­si­tion as soon as pos­si­ble should con­sider a ca­reer in re­tail.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity are typ­i­cally of­fered based on performance rather than age or for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Young peo­ple who get their foot in the door while still at school or soon af­ter can po­ten­tially be run­ning a de­part­ment or train­ing other team mem­bers while their friends are still fin­ish­ing univer­sity. They can then work their way up to man­ag­ing a store or re­gion.

Em­ploy­ment De­part­ment fig­ures show the aver­age age of a re­tail man­ager is 42.

This is lower than the aver­age age for man­age­ment in cor­po­rate ser­vices (49), health and wel­fare ser­vices (48), trans­port ser­vices (47), ho­tels and mo­tels (46), fi­nance (44), and en­gi­neer­ing (44).

The re­tail in­dus­try, in gen­eral, has a young work­force, with the aver­age gen­eral sales as­sis­tant aged 23, com­pared to 40 for work­ers across all oc­cu­pa­tions.

Of­fice­works store busi­ness man­ager Kate Car­nell (pic­tured) is just 25 and worked her way up from a ca­sual po­si­tion she started in 2011.

“I was study­ing events man­age­ment at UQ and re­quired a cal­cu­la­tor for as­sess­ment which brought me to my lo­cal Of­fice­works,” she says. “I de­cided to ap­ply for a po­si­tion that was ad­ver­tised.”

She was af­ter a tem­po­rary job but within 12 months had de­ferred her univer­sity stud­ies to pursue a ca­reer in re­tail.

“Within my first two years with the busi­ness, I was se­lected for the Of­fice­works Fu­ture Lead­ers pro­gram, equiv­a­lent of a Diploma of Busi­ness Man­age­ment, and re­ceived my first ap­point­ment to a co-or­di­na­tor role,” she says.

“Two years later, at 23, I was pro­moted to store busi­ness man­ager, mak­ing me the youngest to hold this kind of po­si­tion in Of­fice­works’ his­tory. There is def­i­nitely op­por­tu­nity for ca­reer pro­gres­sion from a young age.”

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