As I prepare to tackle my third week at Macy’s, I am realizing just how much the TJLC and RCSC major has set me up for success. This week I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given as an RCSC student; I am so proud to tell everyone I meet that I am a retail student at the TJLC. So, there are two things I would like to stress to my fellow students: don’t underestimate the value of your education and brand yourself!
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Your Education
Often times, as we go through the same motions of attending class, we forget how valuable of an education we are receiving. It’s easy to get caught up in deadlines and studying. That is when we forget that what we learn now will greatly help us in the future. As I walked into Macy’s on my first day, I wasn’t thinking about what I had learned in class at all. I wasn’t thinking about all the nights I spent studying, the hours in the library, or all the exams I had crammed for. I was only focused on what I could learn right now. This idea quickly changed when I realized that I was familiar with some of the things I was being taught. All of the time I have spent in class and at the TJLC functions has prepared me to face each day with confidence at Macy’s. To my fellow students: take advantage of all the opportunities the TJLC provides, you will be glad you did. As a RCSC student, you have so many advantages coming into the retail world. You’ve spent time looking at almost all facets of the field, so be confident in yourself and work hard in class- it will pay off one day (and not just when you get an A in the class)!
As a retail student, we often hear the term “personal brand.” We hear guest speakers talk about it and we hear our professors reiterate the importance of “branding ourselves.” Essentially, we are creating a professional image of ourselves. We want to create a personal image that conveys the most important aspects of who we are. When I meet someone for the first time, I want them to pick up on my positive energy and sincere eagerness to get to know them. I greet everyone with a big smile, a firm handshake and a friendly salutation. I want my body language to convey that I am open and ready to engage them in a conversation. All of these motions are very important to me because I know I will not get a second chance to make a great first impression.
Thinking back to this past week, I received an awesome compliment from my mentor. We were walking back to the office after lunch and we were talking about first impressions. We were going back and forth about traits we like to see in others and how well we can judge what type of person they are based on our first impressions of them. She proceeded to tell me, “I knew on the first day that you would be good, and I was right, you are.” I sincerely appreciated her saying this because it meant that my personal brand was strong. I was able to convey to her how hard of a worker I am and how eager I am to learn and grow. This is exactly the first and lasting impression I hope to leave with everyone I meet.
When in doubt, remember this: “First impressions are important. While a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, many people are unlikely to read it if the cover is not inviting.” -Unknown
As I prepare to graduate this coming December, I am reminded everyday of how much I love my major and what I am doing. You can follow my journey as an intern all summer long through this blog, but please note the views expressed in this blog are not reflective of my internship sponsor’s views and are that of my own.