Retail is hard. It doesn’t understand social life or weekends. Sometimes it can be rewarding but most of the time is rather ungrateful. I have worked in retail for some years now and even when I don’t hate it, I feel like it is not for me. I would like to do something else but….

It is difficult finding something else if you only have experience in retail!

So I have spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out how to break the loop.

So, here we go! The first thing would be not lose hope, you never know what will life bring you, keep your eyes open and if you work hard you will get what you want!

Always try to improve. Maybe there is another retail store that can offer you more upwards mobility and you can get hold of a management/ head office position. Usually this positions have a more normal, regular schedule and a better pay. Maybe you can find a store with the same characteristics than yours but better benefits.

If you do not know where to go, try studying some courses. If somebody is going to hire you they want to know that you are not a person that settles and that you try to keep up with the market and invest in yourself.

Most councils offer near to free courses in many different areas. If you try one and don’t like it, try another! I also wrote another post about MOOC’s (If you don’t know what they are, you are missing out!)

It is hard to combine learning and working and it can be challenging but think of it as temporary and that you will get a lot out of it.

In these courses you can also network and meet new people. You never know if someone will be your next best friend or give you a hint about other job opportunities.

If you are of the ones that learn more doing than studying you can try shadowing somebody working in a position of your liking.

You can try to contacting them and asking them for advice in an informational interview, they will have first hand experience in the field and maybe useful information that can help you start. Remember that most people are willing to help, even in a competitive industry.

In the meantime, try to enjoy your job as much as you can. If you are feeling really negative try not to pass that negativity to others as it can make the environment unbearable. If my coworkers are happy I’m most likely going to have a good day as well!

Gossiping and negativity only lead to problems and bad feelings. Try to stay away from all that.

Hope that was helpful.

Are you also trying to leave your retail job?

Do you have any advice or question?