12 Executives Share Their Advice to Young Professionals

This past week has been a whirlwind of opportunity and great adventure! My sixth week in my internship gave me the chance to attend a Deep Dive at another Macy’s and shadow a District Merchant. As I interacted with these higher-level executives, I wanted to ask them all one question: “What advice do you have for young professionals?” Everyone was eager to share their advice and some even provided the hard lessons they learned along the way as they gave me their answers. Below you will find their responses. Enjoy!

“First impressions matter. You want to have confidence, eye contact, a smile and a good handshake!!”  – Tracey, Vice President Store Manager

“Take on your new role or challenge like a lion. Be fearless and stand your ground and 2. The only bad decision is not making a decision at all.”  – Adrienne, Ready to Wear Sales Manager

“Be the hardest working person YOU can be. Live by integrity.”  – Areyda, Jewelry Business Manager

“Take chances and ask for what you want. If you want a promotion and think you’re ready, ask for an interview!”  – Lisa, District Merchant of Home


“Always treat the people you work with and who work for you as you would want to be treated. Take care of them and they will take care of you. Remember, you are only as good as your team.”  – Deanna, District Vice-President

“Be willing to take risks and be flexible. Provide feedback with solutions. Don’t keep great ideas to yourself- share them!! Take a risk, move and try something new; it could be your greatest venture yet, you never know.”  – Tricia, District Director of Jewelry

“Treat others the way you would like to be treated. I know it sounds cliche, but it is a great rule to live by and people will want to work with and for you if you invest in them. Always remember you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Always ask yourself, ‘Am I someone I would want to work for?’ If you can’t answer yes to that question, ask yourself,  ‘why not?’ And ‘how can I make it so they do?’ ”  – Brian, District Director Human Resources

“Get advice from everyone! You choose what you use!”  – Andrea, Visual Merchandise Manager

“Don’t get stale, but don’t rush it either. Find a good balance!”  – Tanya, District Merchant for Men’s and Kid’s

“Have great partnerships and collaborations with people. Finish your degree!!”  – Dan, Merchandise Team Manager

“It’s all in your attitude! You’re in charge of your destination, ask for what you want!”  – Beth, Cosmetics Sales Manager

“We aren’t entitled to anything. Ask for the jobs you want, but if you’re told it’s not right- self reflect. There could still be something you need to learn. This is a small world, so don’t burn your bridges.”  – Tony, District Merchant for Cosmetics

My time as an intern is almost coming to an end, however I am so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of people. Everyday I learn something new about Macy’s and the team I’m fortunate enough to work with. I’ve learned more than I ever could’ve imagined! As I go forward into my last few weeks as an intern and prepare for my last semester of school, I will take these words of advice and encouragement with me along the way. I can honestly say my life has changed so much this summer because of the people I have met along the way; this has been a summer I will never forget.

Feel free to follow the remainder of my journey, but please note: the views expressed in this blog are that of my own and do not reflect my internship sponsor’s views.

I am a senior at The University of Arizona studying Retailing and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. I am also a coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Peer Mentor program. This summer I am a store management intern with Macy’s at the Biltmore Fashion Park in sunny Phoenix. When I’m not at home with my dachshunds, you can find me daydreaming about the beach or waiting in line at the nearest Starbucks for a trenta peach green tea.