Career Path: Anything but Linear

We all do it. Some scribble lists. Some create vision boards. Some just have ideas stored in the back of their minds. There is no defined right way to do it, but we are all guilty of career planning.. It helps us in our desire to be the best we can be. As we embark on this New Year, it’s a time to pause and reflect on our personal journeys and make plans for which direction to steer next. I’m excited to share my career journey with you, what I’ve learned along the way and how Target has helped (a lot!).

I’ve always been fascinated with the art of persuasion – which lead me to pursue a career in marketing. When I landed my dream job at Target, post-undergrad as an associate marketing planning specialist, I was convinced I would never leave that area. After six wonderful years, I found myself reflecting on all that I had accomplished. I had worked on several businesses that provided very different marketing experiences, from community relations, to toys and sporting goods, even personal care and baby.

With each position and promotion, I felt myself grow and develop in ways I didn’t always know were possible . For that, I am humbled. My leaders and managers were (and still are) personally invested in me and unequivocally supportive in helping me reach my professional goals. They provided me with ample developmental and leadership opportunities – from classroom-style courses on negotiating and speaking on your feet, to the ability to present to the CMO or President of Community Relations. I am not sure if opportunities like this exist within other companies but at Target, these opportunities are infinite and continue to shape me into the leader I want to be.

After six awesome years in marketing, I’ve started a new chapter in my career journey. I recently joined the HR organization and will be leading the digital and social media efforts for Talent Acquisition! I am able to leverage my core marketing experience but apply it to an entirely different situation – how cool is that? This is just one example of the career growth opportunities that Target enables, should you crave it.

I used to believe, foolishly, that career paths were linear and logical – like a map. Pick your starting point, identify your destination and follow steps 1- 7 to reach the end. But my experience at Target has taught me that career paths can be anything but linear – like mine. They can include unexpected but welcomed twists and turns that  help you expand your portfolio of experience. My message is simple: find a company that invests in you and allows you to chauffeur of your own career while providing the support to accelerate your goals. Happy New Year!”

Click here to learn more about human resources opportunities at Target.

  • Gerald Hales

    January 2nd, 2013

    I ask you about what i need look for some application job. I don’t know which one on
    web job?
    Please help me find apply jobs

    Thank you

    Reply
  • elisa

    elisa

    January 3rd, 2013

    Hi Gerald-

    To apply for jobs, please contact the Human Resources manager at your local store. You can also search and apply for jobs on http://www.target.com/careers

    Thank you!

  • Leigh

    January 2nd, 2013

    Inspiring post! I love hearing about career paths of professionals, and your path is truly inspiring. Best of luck in your new position!

    Reply
  • Hanne

    January 2nd, 2013

    Congratulations on your new role Nick! You’ve always been once to take on new experiences & challenges with positivity, which is a huge attributor to your success at Target! Looking forward to more blogs from you…

    Reply
  • Jay

    January 3rd, 2013

    This is why I’m excited to start my new career at Target!

    Reply
  • Rachel

    March 1st, 2013

    Nick, congratulations on your new position. I love your post! I am also a native of Minnesota but am now in Oregon. However, my love for retail and for all things Target has brought me back to Target as a seasonal, part-time, Hardlines Team Member but I am grateful to be on a path to great things, just having passed assessments for Team Lead! Hopefully, in the near future when my degree is complete, ETL will be checked off my list and then I will continue to work that wonderful twisted path that Target has to offer! Again, congratulations!!

    P.S. I am not your typical college student – I am the single mother, son in college type college student! Life is full and I am glad to be wearing Red! 🙂

    Reply
  • Ms. Erma Huggins

    September 27th, 2017

    to whom this may concern why is there not a position for Backroom Crew Worker? it should be a different job in every position inside of Target Store. Thanks!

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

  • Alice wisdom

    September 30th, 2017

    Would like very much to be apart of this company as a part-time apparel associate in Clarksville Tennessee with all the amazing things I’m reading about this company

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

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