There are so many opportunities in retail and we highlight a few reasons why graduates choose this exciting industry.

Your chosen degree subjects don’t generally impact your application –

Retailers are always looking for diverse backgrounds.

Graduates can be studying in preparation for any industry and your skills will transfer across many retail sectors

Entry level positions are readily available –

You may begin your retail position as a part-time worker while studying.

When you graduate, your availability and commitment increases and it’s time to ask for that promotion or position you have been eyeing.

It may be in HR, Purchasing, Marketing, Merchandising, Finance.

The possibilities are endless.

Networking –

Customer service and satisfaction can go a long way.

A great sales-person can shine beyond the position they are currently working in and you may find yourself climbing the ladder with ease.

You also never know who your next customer might be and there is always room to grow!

Sometimes its good to be replaceable –

You may find yourself in a job where you can’t take annual leave because you know your job too well or there is no one to do your job
while you’re away.

Maybe your employer has become reliant on your ‘can do’ attitude.

Front of House or Store Retail is a great choice if you love holidays without emails and phone calls 24/7. Sometimes being replaceable
means someone else can cover your workload while you are away.


Discounts –

Some retailers give their staff huge discounts or subsidies.

If you are working in your favourite fashion outlet or grocery store, you can save thousands each year!

There’s real opportunity out there –

Plenty of Retail employers are looking for graduates in all industries, from all backgrounds.

For example T.K.Maxx, offer Graduate Programmes in Merchandising and Buying, Business Technology, Security and Loss Management, Crime and Analytics Management, and Finance.

They also offer 12-month Industrial Placement Programmes in Merchandising, Buying and Finance.


In fact, 63% of graduates say they were attracted to Retail for it’s Career Progression Opportunities.


Who knows where will your retail career take you!

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