Users in this career have rated it a 2.5 in terms of their own personal satisfaction with the career. This figure represents an average taken from the responses of 2125 MyPlan.com users during registration.
Users were asked to rate their happiness in their current occupation as being either "Very Happy" (4), "Happy" (3), "Mixed / Neutral" (2), "Not Happy" (1), or "Miserable" (0).
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This was a great career to build upon, but once near the top (I was an EVP) you find you are too expensive and you are expendable. In this current economy, downsizing seems to be from middle management, with companies keeping the top (owners) and the bottom (workers) and finding a way to manage more people with less resources.
My career began in the early 1970's after graduating from college. As I worked up the ladder I moved into roles of leading large operations in manufacturing and healthcare. I enjoyed the challenges of leadership and would recommend this career path for anyone willing to start at the bottom, learn as they work their way up and relocate to take on new assignments. In a leadership role you are always "on the clock" so that can be a negative, particularly at more senior positions. Your family life may suffer...potentially a real negative. It doesn't have to go that way, but it's something to consider. On the other hand, the opportunity to leverage large numbers of people to achieve goals can be extremely rewarding.
Retail is a tricky business. I don't recomend it to anyone cause once you start and excell within it you never get out. It's crazy! However I would suggest to people who can handle stress and pressure, who are good with the public and have both a friendly face and calming vboice.
I wouldn't really do this over again I woulkd seriously have looked for something else.
Some of the Pros are simple if you're with a good stable company. Inner job advancment. You want to be able to move up and make more money over time.
And what you may not have heard... it can honestly be rewarding with a nice good feeling when you trully help someone or push sales figures up gives you a sense of accomplishment.