Real life?

College, internships, careers; sounds stressful, huh? This is because from the moment we begin elementary school we expect the next year to be so much harder. In middle school we are told, “You kids better be ready for high school, you need to pay attention and have a good GPA for college applications”. In high school we hear, “Start preparing for college; the work is harder and this is where ‘real life’ begins”. I was always the type that didn’t want to think ahead. Yeah, I filled out college applications, but not until the last day possible. Yeah, I went to the career fair, but it was after my parents and teachers told me numerous times how important it is and how “it won’t be that bad”.

After my sophomore year at Purdue I realized that life is actually a whole lot different than college. The amount of free time changes when you have a full time job and you can’t head over to the dining court for meals prepared by someone else anymore. When I went to the career fair at Purdue last year I was so nervous. I walked in with my sweaty hands and black portfolio that I didn’t really know what to do with. I talked to several companies but never felt super welcomed or very excited about the positions. I thought to myself, “so this is what the real world is going to feel like; I don’t fit in here.” The last company I spoke to was Target.  I immediately felt welcomed and everyone seemed happy I stopped by the booth. I asked lots of questions and finally began taking notes in that black portfolio.

The rest of that story is history. This is now the 6th week of my internship and I can’t believe how much I have learned and how many new friends I have made already. If this internship is a look into what a career at Target is like, then I do belong in this kind of ‘real life’. I want to love what I do every day and Target has provided me that. There is always a new challenge to overcome and great mentors to help guide you in the right direction.

I am not saying this because I now work for Target; I am saying this because hard work pays off.  And when you work hard enough you will find a place that ‘fits’ you.  The feeling of not knowing what to say or how to act is temporary, so don’t settle.  Search for culture… and the rest will fall into place.

Post by Sophia, stores intern

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  • SHARON SMITH

    April 16th, 2016

    Looks like a great place to work. Moving to SC and hoping to find something there to transfer to.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    April 18th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of 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,
    Amanda

  • Karl Mayer

    March 12th, 2017

    I have experience with University studies in International Business . I have lived in 4 other countries and visited over 30 .DO they have internships and / or Management Trainee positions in International buying ?

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    March 14th, 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,
    Amanda

  • sandra franco

    June 21st, 2017

    i am interesting to search job as career and i want to work for my future interest and goal for college thatis my goal and keep running better envioment life that is my dream come true if you can hire me i wil make the customer to be happy

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    July 3rd, 2017

    Hi!

    We’re excited to hear that you’re interested in becoming a part of #TeamTarget! Find current openings and information about the application process here: target.com/careers.

    Thanks,
    ET

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