Why Young People Should Opt for a Retail Career
By Bernice Hurst, Managing
Partner, Fine Food Network
In an effort to look
at the bright side of life, anyone managing to launch a retail career nowadays
will have the excitement of unsurpassed opportunities to persuade shoppers
to shop. If they can find a job in the first place, that is.
The challenges partially
explain why “over half of career advisers still
see retail as a good sector for young people to work in,” according
to new research commissioned by Skillsmart Retail and reported in Specialty
According to the survey, despite the recession, 51 percent of career advisors
considered retail to be a better place for young people to work in than
five years ago, when the economy was booming.
The magazine’s Raphael
Giacardi says that the study, Quantifying Perceptions of a Career in
Retail, shows that only 11 percent of the 406 professionals surveyed
thought the sector had become a worse career prospect than five years ago,
while a quarter identified no change between 2003 and 2008.
Amongst the reasons cited
for improvement were “increased opportunity and career structure,
wider availability of training and qualifications, and better pay (linked
to the introduction of the minimum wage.”
report showed that retail comes out on top when compared to the hospitality
and finance and banking sectors in the development of useful workplace
skills, provision of opportunities for employees of all ages and the
prospect of being given responsibility at an early stage.
Skillsmart Retail’s chief
executive, Anne Seaman, reminded the magazine, “Career advisers are
very influential in helping young people make choices about jobs in different
sectors. Because of this, it is good to know that they believe retail is
a better place to work now than in 2003 – in spite of the current
What do you think of retail as a career? In what ways can the retail
industry improve how it recruits talent?
- Retail Still A Sound Career Choice
– Specialty Food Magazine
- Recession fears fail to dampen retail
career prospects – Skillsmart