Learning what aspect of the retail industry I do truly desire. I want to go into operations and logistics. Rather than focusing on selling a product and managing a store, I want to be focused on maintaining supply and keeping accurate inventory counts so that there is a product to be sold.
Learning that wisdom does really come from experience and though this for me was a horrible experience, I did learn about myself and the sort of environment that I do want to work in.
The hours-Mine never changed. I worked 9-5 daily
I had very high expectations and hopes for this internship. My store manager was not interested in what I wanted to get out of this internship. He was focused on me just getting the minimum requirements completed for the store.
Advice to Potential Interns
I think the best advice is this internship is for students who are good with little to no direction from supervisors, assertive, excellent at problem solving, organized and capable of balancing time, passionate about creating a guest-focused environment, and have a desire to really go into store management.
Advice to Management
I think that there should be a specific site supervisor and daily goals should be made so that it isn't as though a store manager got a cashier for 10 weeks. Hours should definitely vary so that there is a chance to see business operations at ALL hours of the day. Training isn't the same for everyone. Some peole need things to be hands on, some need to just observe, and some need to sit in front of a computer. TRU needs to get their managers to understand that and then personalize the internship to that student.