Ten years at Target! As I reflect on that milestone, one thought pushes itself to the forefront: Target to me will always be a place that lets me bring my passions and interests to work.
My current role leading Corporate Social Responsibility at Target India is the one closest to my heart. This is what brings me to the office each morning, knowing that I get to work on my passion: to make a difference. I have always been passionate about volunteering. Call it good luck, but during my very first week of my employment at Target I participated in a volunteering event and I was hooked for the next 10 years.
The best thing about my job is that no two days are ever the same and every day my experiences teach me something new. The leadership team has always been supportive and open to new ideas. For instance, recently, I decided we could get some Target team members to crochet/knit hats for children undergoing treatment at a local cancer hospital. I was not sure how this idea would be received, as crochet/knitting is not something everyone would call cool and we would need volunteers to support the initiative.
I was in for a pleasant surprise when the leadership team was supportive and we received an overwhelming response from volunteers. Some team members even took the trouble to learn to crochet and involve family members, so they could contribute to the cause. We reached our target number of hats way before the deadline. And the smiles of the children when they received those colorful caps brought tears to the eyes of all the volunteers. They thanked me for giving them the opportunity to make a difference. It made me realize that my job enables me to see a very emotional and vulnerable side of people.
As I think about the journey that brought me to this point, I reflect on my first job at Target on the pharmacy team. My educational training and my passion for health and healing made this a natural fit. As I started looking for additional responsibilities, my leaders were supportive in finding me additional opportunities. One such opportunity was in the field of technology. It was poles apart from my current field, and I was unsure that I would fit in. However, with my leader’s encouragement I took the plunge and it opened up a whole new world. It was a humbling experience to be taught the intricacies of software development from scratch, not to mention learning a whole new lexicon just to be able to understand and to be understood.
Through my journey, I have realized that the right attitude and a willingness to learn is all that is needed to achieve one’s aspirations. Target is a company that will go the extra mile to help build one’s skillsets and ensure that team members bring their passion and interests to work. Most importantly, Target respects the multifaceted personality that is you and helps provide the balance that all of us strive to achieve.