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Possible Major Career Change instore for ME!

post #1 of 23
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Today I had a talk with my Store Manager and we discussed my options for advancing within the company. For those who don't know, I work for Wal-Mart and have been with them for almost 10 years. At the present moment I work in the Pharmacy and am a licensed Pharmacy Technician. I love my job, but there is no advancement opportunities in the field unless I wanted to go back to college to become a Pharmacist. Like I said, I love my job but there are days where I hate it and don't think I could deal with drugs & etc everyday for the rest of my life.

Nicki (my store manager) had told me about The Management Training Program. I would train for 20 weeks at a specific store as an assistant manager. Then I would be come salaried and would move to another store where I would be the Assistant Manager. The pay would be A LOT better, but the hours would be crappy. The starting pay for the trainees is $29,000 and once you become an actually Assistant the pay would be $32,000 per year. It sure beats my $7.90 an hour now! It would require me to move to a different town, but it would most likely be in Nebraska, Kansas or Iowa. I could request to move to another state, but my District prefers for the new Assistants to stay within our Region. After 2 years of being at that store, I would advance to a bigger store as an Ass. Manager. Once my District Manager (my boss) thinks I am qualified enough, I have the option of becoming a Store Manager. If I choose not to become a Store Manager, I can choose different fields to work in (example: Home Office, Labor & Union, Store Planning, Marketing and etc). The Store Manager pay is at least doubled the Assistant's pay and could even get tripled if you do a great job.

It sounds great to me...but I'm leary of getting myself into something that I may hate. The hours are going to suck! I will have to work overnight for a couple of weeks, then work in the early mornings and then working the evening shifts too. The part that really worries me the most is if I'm capable of doing this. This is a major step! I'm a confident person in what I can do for this company, but I worried about the customers that are mean & rude. I can be a real softy at times and I just know the first customer that screams & cusses me out, I'll bawl my eyes out!

Thank you for listening to me ramble on...I'm just trying to think this all out before I commit to this. What are your guys thoughts on this? Do you think it would be a good move or a bad one? Has anyone else been in this kind of a situation before?
I would love to hear what you all think!
post #2 of 23
I think you can do anything you set your sights on. Only you know if this is right for you. Take your time and think it through.. come in on your days off and do a tag along with your boss to get a feel for the job.. see what you think!
Good luck!
post #3 of 23
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Since I've done just about every position (except Maintance) in my store, I know alot of what an Assistant and Store Managers do. I was a Customer Service Manager for 5 years and worked hand in hand with Management. It's hard work, but I'm up for a Challenge! I really think I'm going to do this, but a part of me is just scared. I'm scared of moving away and not knowing anyone. I'm scared of being rejected by new coworkers and just scared that I'm biting off more than I can chew by taking this position.

I honestly think I can do a good job and I've been told by my co-workers that they thought I'd be good at it. I plan on talking more with Nicki tomorrow and discussing more about the benefits & etc.

Could you guys wish me good luck and send me some good vibes? I really think I'm gonna need it! Thank you!
post #4 of 23

Lots of good luck vibes coming your way!!! Sometimes, you just have to take a step into the unknown. I think the fact that you are scared shows that you are really thinking about this. Moving can be hard-I moved from Maryland 10 years ago to the Cleveland area. I didn't know anyone and felt so far from my family. But now, Cleveland has become my home. It was scary back then, but it's all worked out well.

Good luck with whatever you decide. Only you know what's right for you.
post #5 of 23
That's a fantastic opportunity, Shell. I agree with DragonLady, take your time and really think about this, and do some research on management positions or whatever else you need to do. If it seems like it is right for you, then you should go for it.
post #6 of 23
Sending lots of good vibes your way Shell to help you through this huge decision! I think you should go for it. Of course you're going to be scared moving to a new place, but I have done it and it was well worth it. I think the training program would just open so many more avenues at your company than staying where you are. And it feels good to have options, especially better paying ones! But you should talk more with your boss and really think about all the details!!

And of course use us for a sounding board to help you!!

GOod luck Shell!
post #7 of 23
Shell I have no doubt that you are more than capable of doing this, if you set your mind to it. I think your manager sees that too. They don't offer that kind of opportunity to just anyone, you know.

Positive energy coming atcha!
post #8 of 23
I think its a great Idea. Its going to be hard and the hours are going to suck, but once you get that work experience....remember that dosent have to be forever either. Alot more doors will open for you in the future. Good luck!
post #9 of 23
Good Luck with what ever career you choose hun
post #10 of 23
Shell, how exciting!!!

I agree with Heidi, they don't just offer this kind of training and opportunity to anyone. I'm sure you would do great!!!

Sometime you just have to take the plunge and see what happens. Consider the alternatives as well - you say yourself you're at a dead end position right now - so this is your chance to move on and upwards. And if the worse comes to the worse and you absolutely hate it (which I'm sure won't happen!), no one is going to throw you into jail if you decide you want out. Sounds to me like you're going for it girl! Best wishes and good career vibes coming your way!!!
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone! I didn't sleep very good last night. I tossed and turned...I must have had this on my mind all night!

I'll be finding out more today and I'll go from there. I'm excited about it, but then again it's such a major step for me.

Like Anne said, if I don't like it, it isn't the end of the world or anything.
Thank you all again and I really appreciate the good vibes and the wonderful thoughts! I'll keep you all informed on what going to happen!
post #12 of 23
Go for it. Three-quarters of WalMart's employees are female but less than a third of of management is.

Just don't go to the "business meetings" at Hooter's or strip clubs (unless they have male dancers).
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks Cindy...I'll try to hold myself back from those Male Strippers!
post #14 of 23
I think you should go for it!!! I wish I had the guts to try to advance in my job, but I am always so afraid of failure that I don't even try. I watched Dr. Phil today and he said we only get out of life what we ask for. He said, "If you ask for 10,000 for your car, do you think someone will come along and offer you 12,000? Not likely...the same it is in won't get more than you ask for" I thought that was pretty profound. Very true.

And besides...if you get relocated to Iowa, you know where you can spend all your spare time!
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
I was a bit disappointed today. I didn't get to talk to my Store Manager about the Program. She was sick. Tomorrow I'm off (gotta go to the Dentist...AGAIN!), so I'll talk with her on Thursday. I did talk to other members of management today and they really encouraged me to go. I also did a bit of reading on it on our IntraNet at work. The more I think about it, the more I'm feeling good about it. I also called my District Manager of the Pharmacy Division and left him a voicemail. I don't think he's going to want me to go since he depends on me quite a bit. Maybe he'll give me a better offer? Either way, I'd be benefiting myself.

Thanks again for the positive thoughts and vibes!
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you for those encourage words! It really helps me feel more confident in my decisions!

BTW...where at you at in Iowa? Ya know Nebraska isn't that far!
post #17 of 23
Echoing what others have said, go for it! If you have a crappy schedule at first, at least you know in a few years you will be in a better position. Probably most of us here had (or still have) less than ideal work situations as we went through college or moved up the corporate ladder. Good luck, whatever you decide.
post #18 of 23
Shell - I think that you have all of the necessary qualities to become an excellent manager! I hope that everything works out for you but we will miss you if you work longer hours!

post #19 of 23
Didn't I tell you before to think positive??? It works, doesn't it?

Go for it Shell. If you never try anything, you are sure to look back with regrets.

post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey Kass,
Those positive thoughts have helped me so much! Thank you for boosting my spirits when I was feeling blue. You're such a sweetie!
And so are the rest of you who posted too!
post #21 of 23
Yay Shell! I know you can do it!!! Plus, (please note, I'm a little behind on post reading, so if this info is out-of-date, please disregard) after what you were saying about needing to move out on your own, this seems like a great oppurtunity for you!

Also, Walmart is paying to have you trained, so even if you don't like it, you'll still end up with skills you didn't have before, so you'll be more "marketable" for a different job, should you want to switch. Plus, the bad hours probably wouldn't be for a long time . . . as you move up you'll get better hours.

Good luck no matter what you decide! Keep us posted!
post #22 of 23
Shell, I was away for a few days and have been catching up too....

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It sounds like you're going to go for it - I'm so psyched for you!

About those long hours.... it is hard. But the only way I went from being a secretary to being an analyst was by changing what I wore (blouses and skirts to business suits) and being the first one in and the last one out instead of just working my 9:00 - 5:00 hours. I did that BEFORE I received any promotions - and because you've gotten this oportunity, I'm willing to bet you've been doing something above and beyond, too. Believe me - those 16 hour days and 6 or 7 day weeks at times aren't easy, but they are often worth it.

In order to make those moves, you've got to sacrifice your personal life sometimes for a while. I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job if you decide to do it!!!

Good Luck and only all the best wishes for you!!!!!!!

post #23 of 23
I think you should go for it. Like someone else said, if it doesn't work out, you will atleast have the new managerial skills to use elsewhere. Wow, I didnt think that pharmacist techs made so little!

It's the same reason why I am going back to school -- I dont want to make the amount I make anymore.
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