TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Published: 24 May 2011
The fashion retail industry is one of the most exciting sectors of retail industry. StoreManagersinFashion.com is the destination for both career starters and seasoned professionals looking to take their next step into the retail side of fashion, listing fashion jobs from all areas of store management.
If you are interested in the fast pace of the traditional shop environment or looking to put your energy into the "behind the scenes" running of an international retail chain, you have come to the right place to search for your perfect job.
The principal roles we feature here at StoreManagersinFashion.com are:
- Assistant Manager
- Store Manager
- Department Manager
- Area Manager
- Regional Controller
- Concession Manager
- Customer Service Manager
- General Manager
- Head of Retail
- Retail Director
- Managing Director...just to name a few!
Training and Development
The level of education and training required in the store management industry varies in relation to the fashion retail job you are applying for. Vocational skills are crucial in retail store management, and experience in the retail and sales industry is going to be important for all aspiring retail managers. Formal higher level educational qualification is not necessary for most positions, as the larger organisations recruit high school leavers and offering extensive in house training programmes.
That said, formal educational qualifications such as associate degree programmes in retail management or in similar fields can set a strong platform for a successful career in fashion store management and will make you stand out as a strong applicant for fashion retail management jobs. In the eyes of some employers a relevant degree guarantees a level of knowledge, particularly in the technical dimension of store management jobs. A two year associate degree will typically cover inventory control, merchandising, accounting, retail marketing and staff management.
For the larger department stores and retail chains, longer term 3-4 year BA or BSc degrees can be a strong selling point to recruiters and will indicate that you clearly have the technical knowledge necessary to embark on a profession in store management. These degrees cover similar topics to an associate degree, but the longer course will allow you to develop advanced skills in retail management.
Whichever route you choose, the best place to start or progress your career is to go to StoreManagersinFashion.com and find a position where you can be immersed in the retail environment and learn about the operation and daily activities of your store management by first hand experience.
A combination of good training, experience and hard work will without doubt form the basis for a successful career.