July 2, 2009
Alumna on "Target" with career in retail management
Only one year after graduation, Northwest alumna Robyn Thomas is on the fast-track to corporate success.
Since receiving her degree from Northwest in 2008, Thomas has worked as executive team leader at the Super Target store in Liberty. She manages personnel, delegates tasks, works with human resources and generally makes sure things keep running efficiently. Thomas says there are a lot of things she enjoys about her job, but that the people she works with are her top priority.
"I love working with people. I'm in charge of 250 employees in this store, so I get to deal with people all the time, whether it's personal or work-related," she said.
Thomas has already gained respect from colleagues beyond her own store. In addition to her responsibilities in Liberty, she also trains future executive team leaders for other Targets in the district.
Like many college seniors, Thomas was nervous about finding a job after graduation, and, after talking with a Target representative at a campus Career Day event, she began to look more deeply into opportunities with the national retail chain.
"I was impressed with the company in general," she said. "I did some research on how long they've been in existence, as well as their sales and economic growth, and I knew they were going to be around for a while. I was impressed with the people they hire as well -- everyone is really positive, and it's fun to come to work. Target also has a great track record of letting you develop at your own pace. You can take your time, or you can work hard and start moving up the ladder quickly."
Thomas credits Northwest with preparing her for professional success. As a former public relations major, she is especially grateful for the instruction and hands-on experience she received as a student in the University's Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages.
"In any job setting you're going to have to be able to communicate to succeed," Thomas said. "The experience of getting up in front of people in class, giving presentations and putting what I had learned into practice was a huge help."
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