Christmas in July

As you may have heard, it’s muggy and hotter than HOT in the Twin Cities right now. The heat wave that’s settled here in the Midwest is welcomed by most—especially those of us who work in ice cream! Despite the weather that’s perfect for a round of 48oz Market Pantry Ice Cream (like that plug?…seriously though…it’s delicious), I personally can’t help but feel like it’s Christmas.

While the snow isn’t swirling outside our windows and the craze that is retail in quarter 4 is not yet among us, I can’t help but feel that deliriously happy feeling that comes during the holidays. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s because while it may not be Christmas on the calendar, it’s ORC Christmas here at Target.

ORC stands for “Onboarding and Recruitment Captain,” and each division has a business analyst that leads the initiatives of bringing in new analyst team members and onboarding them into their specific area. For ORCs, summer is truly “the most wonderful time of the year”—the interns are here AND a class of new business analysts starts. For those of us that are passionate about development (Strengths Finder, anyone?!), this is an amazing opportunity to help new team members learn about their new role and connect them with people, teams, and organizations that they are interested in.

One of the things I love most about Target is our company’s dedication to team member development. As an intern a few summers ago, I saw how invested my mentors and managers were in helping me work on my opportunities and further develop my strengths. This was a major factor in my decision to return to Target in a full-time role, and I am beyond thrilled that I now have the opportunity to work with Target’s amazing interns and incoming analysts.

As you can see in their amazing glamour shots that accompany this post, this summer I’ve been working with sixteen of the coolest interns around. They’ve come from all over the country, and they’ve been working on some really cool projects to both improve processes within our division and solve elusive problems that specifically impact our businesses.

In just a few short weeks, the interns will be heading back to campus, and the craziness that surrounds this particular “holiday season” will begin to quiet. But, like Christmas, there’s only a short lull until the bright, shiny, and exciting New Year comes around. It’s similar here at Target. We already again have two big classes of business analysts starting in August and September—so the wait won’t be too long!

Until then, Merry ORC Christmas!

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