The year was 2006 and I was in my senior year at Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!). I was six months away from graduating and like many of my peers, I was looking for a job. Once I spent some time actually applying, reality hit quickly and I realized it was going to be more challenging than expected. I began to worry I may not find the “Dream Job” I was looking for. I decided to look at some opportunities I hadn’t considered before and applied at Target for a retail management position. Fortunately, I got the job and started as an Executive Team Leader in Target Stores. Truth be told, I never saw myself as a retail manager and considered this an option only until I found something more suited to my degree.
That was 8 years ago. The “Dream Job” WAS Target. The level of responsibility and trust I was given, as well as the training, was inspiring and motivating.
As I moved through each year, I grew as a manager, a leader and a person. I was promoted to a Store Team Leader, which is the position I currently have. Over these 8 years I met and worked with many inspirational team members that changed my life forever. It is all these team members, past and present that have become what I refer to as “My Second Family”.
It isn’t until you experience something life changing that you begin to realize how wonderful this “Target Family” really is. Two years ago this past fall, one of those team members had a sudden heart attack and passed away. This team member was loved by all of his peers but even more so, he was loved by Target guests. He was known for his infectious laugh and his ability to make everyone smile. At the funeral, over 50 team members arrived wearing red & khaki to celebrate his life and honor his memory. Each and every one of them a member of his Target Family. It was a privilege to be among them.
As I start the beginning of my 9th year with Target, I look back on experiences like this and reflect on how lucky I am. From weddings of co-workers to meeting the love of my life, I will forever be grateful to work for such an amazing company.
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