So, as I shared in Blog #2, my Career choices were narrowed down to a police officer and a shoe salesman.
First, let’s take the Police Officer route. It started with a physical agility test . Since I was athletic in high school, this should be a no brainer. I walked beams, climbed over walls, carried a hundred lb sack, and all those things people train for in the army. It was awesome! So, awesome I aced the test, and got 2nd out of 50 applicants!
Then, there was the written test. But, wait! I started to listen to my gut. “hmmm…people can die doing this job. I’m not really feeling this”.
Ok..next, let’s take the shoe salesman route. Like I had said in blog 2, my mom told me about this shoe job to apply for that she couldn’t get because of her age ( this was not a “women’s rights” time period). So, I decided to apply at that shoe store and was waiting for a response. My father worked at Sears for his entire career; first as a department manager, and then as a store manager of the Sears Catalog Store, the Amazon of its time. These were actual CATALOG stores, not online stores. I always looked up to him as a retail professional. So, I was naturally leaning towards this route, because I saw him in action growing up. I liked what he did.
A very nice, bearded man who was the District manager at Koby’s shoe store, hired me. He must have thought I was a nice kid, and seemed eager to learn. So, I got my 1st shoe sales job!
So here’s Tip #3; When deciding on a career Do your research first. Sometimes we don’t know why we feel a certain way, but it’s best to trust your gut. Last blog I said Listen to your gut. Now, in this blog, I’m saying Trust your gut. Then do your Research; I mean all aspects. At the time, for me, Retail was the way to go.
…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career.
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