Working In Retail and Loving It


Randi Goldman

This image was illustrated by Jessa Lopez.

Randi Goldman, Staff Writer

My first time working in retail was around November of last year. One of the first places I applied to was Hot Topic. I got my job seasonally, because the store I applied for hired people as young as sixteen when they had enough eighteen year olds on the floor. A lot of people dislike retail, especially during the holiday season, but I didn’t.

I absolutely loved working, even during season. That may be because I didn’t constantly have to hear Christmas music. Hot Topic usually doesn’t play anything except the genres of music I listen to. The only bad experience I had because I worked seasonally was hours; I didn’t get as many as I would have liked to. I was fine with working on Christmas because I don’t celebrate it, but a lot of people don’t like working on major holidays.

Not only was the music great, but my manager and my co-workers were extremely nice. They didn’t get annoyed when I messed transactions up, and they always helped me fix the issue. If I couldn’t reach something (even with the reaching stick; I’m short, I know), They’d get it for me. They were some of the nicest people I had ever met.

Being at work also helped me de-stress, believe it or not. I have siblings who are hard to deal with sometimes, and working helped me get away from them. I was always super happy after work, and it tired me out so much that I slept better. Working always made me happy, it was something I enjoyed doing. I worked with people I liked for a company/brand that I loved. Typically people don’t like their jobs but my experience made me love mine.

If you’re like me and have anxiety and are scared to get a job, especially in retail where you have to talk to people – you should try retail out. It’s scary at first, but I think that it helped me come out of my shell a little. I know it’s easy for me to just say “go out and work in retail,” and for you to think, “it’s not that easy.” I understand that, but as one of my favorite quotes by Benjamin Mee says, “sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come out of it.” I love this quote because it’s not only insanely inspirational, but it’s also true. Try applying, it only takes 20 seconds and it could change your life.