Why Every College Kid Should Work In Retail At Least Once
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Why Every College Kid Should Work In Retail At Least Once

Who doesn't like discounts?

The dreaded retail. Everyone who has ever worked retail probably utterly despises it, and for good reason. The pay sucks, the hours suck, you get crappy, snobby customers, and sometimes even crappier coworkers. Even though these are all legitimate reasons to never work retail, there are so many reasons why you actually really should.

Every day is a networking opportunity.
Working in retail means you are constantly driven insane by the hundreds of needy, whiny, usually rude, customers that walk through your door. But you never know who that 35-year-old acting like a 10-year-old could be. For all you know, he could be the head of a huge company, or even your company CEO.

You never know who you're going to help, and who will remember you, and this not only teaches you patience, but how to pretend you like someone when you actually despise them--a very useful tool when going into the workforce.

Discounts, discounts, and more discounts.
Retailers always offer their employees discounts. And, as ridiculously in debt, poor college kids, we can use any discount we can get. My first job in retail was at JCPenney, and they gave their employees 25-percent off of all merchandise. Period.

The best part is, it could be combined with rewards, coupons, sales, anything. You could get a $30 shirt for $10. You'll end up spending almost all of your check there, but hey, you have cute new clothes to keep you warm and happy while you go into more debt!

You don't have to rearrange your class schedule.
Most jobs, besides retailers, aren't very cooperative with schedules. And if they have set hours, you're royally screwed and have to rearrange, drop, or work around all of your classes. Ain't nobody got time for that. So go grab a job with Macy's and keep your perfect schedule along with it.

Bonuses and performance rewards.
Free stuff is a college student's wet dream, and with a retail job, you get bonuses and free stuff up the ying yang--bonuses for meeting goals, contests, etc. Plus, sometimes they have parties with free food.

There is a job for you almost everywhere you go.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of retail stores across the U.S. alone, maybe even more. If you have any experience with any retail store, it's almost guaranteed another one will hire you if you move. So bounce around all of the United States like the hippie you know you want to be; you just won't be as poor as one.

You will learn valuable skills.
Retail teaches you a lot of lessons besides how to use a cash register and fold t-shirts like a boss. While working in retail, you're definitely going to learn how to work on a team, how to communicate effectively, how to control your feelings (trust me, the crappy customers teach you how to deal with the real world better than any therapist ever could), and generally, it just makes you a better, more rounded person.

If you're looking for a side-job during college, look into retail. You never know where it could lead you.

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Odd Summer Jobs

You can learn a lot by branching out.

Summer is here, and with it comes the opportunity to get a summer job. Most of us will go back to where we were working while in high school, be it the local grocery store or the McDonald's in town, but I would encourage you to branch out.

Take an odd summer job, and use it as an opportunity to make more than just money. Use it to build relationships, network, or even learn.

Here are a few ideas.

1. Test Out a Job in Sales
This one comes from personal experience. I've worked in sales, and I'm not talking about retail sales. No I mean, I had to call clients, go into their homes, and sell a product. It is the single scariest thing I have ever done, but you know what? I learned a lot. The biggest thing being I learned how to talk to people. Before, I wouldn't even talk to my family. Now I can walk up to anyone and have a solid conversation.

2. Try Being a Companion to the Elderly
Whether you are working with one of your grandparents or volunteering at the nursing home, you will find that two things will come out of it. For one, you will build relationships with those people, and two, you will gain knowledge. There's an old saying that goes, "Wisdom comes with age." It's true, and the elderly will open your eyes to a lot of things.

3. Serve as a Deckhand
Being from South Louisiana, I am no stranger to boats. I was taught how to fish, who Jesus was, and which beer to drink all on a boat. So why not take a job as a deckhand? You will not only make decent money, but you will develop a new-found respect for the ocean. You may even do what I did, and fall in love with it.

4. Work Under an Investor
Investing is something that a lot of people don't fully understand. I would encourage you to find a local investor, and see if you can do some work for them. They may even teach you a thing or two about money and investing, and that is valuable on an exponential scale.

5. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
Not every human needs a pet, but every pet needs a human. Unfortunately, there are many who don't. But you can volunteer your time to make sure that they find someone. I would warn you against this, however, if you are like me, and you're an animal lover. You will cry a lot, and you will want to take each and every creature home with you.

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Internship Diaries Week 2: Is Anyone Sane?

Another week in retail!

The answer is no. No one is sane, at least no one that I came in contact with this week. Don't believe me? Let me start with a story that will surely capture the tone of my week.

Monday morning I get into work and I'm informed there is a message from a customer that I need to attend to. I'm a little frustrated before even picking up the phone to listen to it, I've been at work for 10 minutes and already there is an issue. Little did I expect that the message was from someone's whack-job grandmother. Her request will frustrate anyone who's ever worked in retail or customer service.

She wanted me to help her locate a tee shirt she purchased two years ago. Two fucking years ago. Stellar. The chance we still sold a product from two years was slim. I called her back and after a lot of rambling she finally told me what she was looking for. I asked her to please read me the style number in the tag so I could see if we still had it. This was a process in and of itself because she literally read me the whole entire tag, washing instructions and all, before finally giving me the style number.

When I searched it I was relieved it was one of the basics we always had in stock. I thought my job was done and she could hop online and order it. Little did I know I was also going to have to teach this woman how to use the world wide web. I literally had to tell her everything down to putting ".com" at the end of the URL. I also had to tell her at least 35 times the name of the website.

Once we were there it was a struggle explaining how to shop by category and where to find the tee. Much more went into this conversation, but eventually we got the job done. She then spent five minutes telling me what a great employee I was and asking if she could talk to my boss to tell me that. Sweet, but I just wanted off the damn phone.

The rest of the week consisted of absurd tasks like:
-Tracking down the UPS man and convincing him to give us a package my boss wanted NOW.
-Completely reorganizing an entire showroom only to be told that they actually liked the original way better - so then reorganizing it.
-Spending a whole day running around town searching for chicken noodle soup. Seriously. Not kidding.

That's the thing with interning, especially in the fashion industry, and especially for free. There is no such thing as a typical day. You go into work every morning without a clue what the day is going to hold. Sometimes you end up helping a lunatic work the internet, and sometimes you get to spend the day dressing and undressing models. It's really just a gamble.

So that, my lovely readers, is exactly why this week is entitled "Is Anyone Sane?" because no one is. This week was strange and busy and stressful and the only thing getting me through is knowing that next week will be spent showing the brand's latest collection to boutiques around the city. AKA shopping days!

See you next week (send good vibes, I need them).

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Internship Diaries Week Four: Bullshit on Bullshit

I'm not a magician for God's sake

If I haven't already mentioned in a previous installation of this series, I work for free: $0 a day, every day, all summer. I'm actually totally fine with this. You've got to pay your dues in this industry and I knew going in that no fashion internship was going to pay me unless I was in the merchandising or retail side of a big name company (and I'd rather die).

But I do think that you can only ask so much of an unpaid intern. For example, the fact that I worked from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Friday is absolutely insane, even more insane when you consider the fact that I worked a solid two hours longer than the company's actual employees. I was excited for the weekend to refresh and come back to a hopefully much less chaotic and much more smooth sailing week. That didn't happen.

Let me just say this: I absolutely love my boss. She's funny and bitchy and cool as shit. The owner of the company, however, I'm not such a fan of. This company would be great to work for and going into work everyday would be something to look forward to, if it wasn't for the "King of Bullshit" himself, aka my boss.

I'm not being dramatic or playing this up for the sake of this article; he is the most unreasonable man I have ever met. He's the kind of guy who, if he asked you to walk on water would expect you to literally walk on water.

This week was filled with unreasonable requests, even more than usual. Monday started off with the request that the other intern and I deliver a package 20 blocks away in less than 15 minutes... walking. Now I know I failed a math class or two in my day but I do know that that is absolutely not possible. Of course he was mad when it was 5 minutes late, which is absolutely absurd. Sorry I'm not fucking magic.

Then there was the request to fit a whole shipment of clothes, which is normally about 30 pieces, into a closet that was already overflowing to the point it would not shut. That took a solid hour to figure out. And lastly came the shit storm that was yesterday's sample closet debacle. The other intern and I were asked to stay late and refold a closet that holds samples for the current live season, which was no problem. Like I said, in this industry, you pay your dues.

We spent a solid hour and a half, sorting, steaming and folding pieces to get this already packed closet to look as neat as possible. Even after all of that work, we still received a screenshot of an email he sent to my direct report later that evening complaining about what a shitty job we did and the fact that he had to spend an hour of his time redoing the closet. When I got in this morning, I checked the closet to see what he thought it should look like: It looked nearly identical to the way the other intern and I left it. I think it goes without saying that it lit me up.

I'm going to wrap up with this: As soon as he starts calling me by my name, I'll start putting a little more effort into bending over backwards to accomplish the impossible. And for any of you dealing with bullshit bosses, I get it. Just remember that you're building your resume and as cheesy as it sounds, you're also building your character.

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Tips for Getting an Internship in Fashion

The Devil Wears Prada?

The fashion industry is ROUGH. I mean, really rough. It's hard enough to learn about it in school with all-nighters and studio classes, none the less actually live it when it's time to be a real-life adult. It's a difficult field to enter, and to anyone up for the challenge, I salute you.

I study fashion design and merchandising, so I'm learning both the creative and business sides to the industry. My school requires us to participate in a "co-op," which is essentially a six-month internship at the business of our choice.

I just began the application process, and was not sure how to get a college internship, or how to get college jobs. As soon as I started applying to places, I realized how tough the application process can be. Finding the right job in the fashion industry is difficult, not to mention extremely competitive, especially if you are wondering how to get a job in college.

One of the hardest parts about applying for fashion internships is getting your name out there. You need to build yourself up as much as possible whether it's through a retail job, social media, etc. You also need to apply to the right section of the industry, whether it's e-commerce, styling, graphic design, or merchandising. Here are few tips on how to make your internship application process a little less stressful and actually land a college internship.

1. Check online for companies that are hiring.

Believe it or not, some companies use websites to post their applications. I know when I started to look, I didn't know how to get a college internship, let alone where to find one. I ended up using FreeFashion Internships.com because new jobs are posted almost daily!

2. Amp up your LinkedIn.

If you don't have one, get one. Nowadays, so many companies are using LinkdIn as a source to find new employees, and we can use it to find them! You can "search" for your company of choice, and get in touch with people who already work there. It's also helpful to send other interns a message and ask them advice on how to apply.

Believe it or not, companies actually use them as a resource to learn more about you. Make sure yours is updated and looking good when you start applying! This is the easiest way to find college internships!

3. Do a social media clean up.

Your parents and teachers constantly nag you not to have inappropriate photos on your social media, and they're right. Even though you're not applying to the average business, suit-wearing internship, it's still a good idea to delete the pictures that may be questionable.

4. Stand out from the rest of the applicants.

Do something that makes you unique! Add a pop of color to your name on your resume, or create an online portfolio of all of your work through PortfolioBox.com. You're not applying for just any job, so it's OK to get a little creative. You can also create a fashion blog, or give your employer the link to your Instagram page if you think that will help you.

5. Always include a cover letter with your resume.

A lot of people forget this step, but it's extremely important to show your potential employer your level of interest in the job. It can't hurt you, and it can provide more personal detail than your resume will.

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11 Reasons Why You Should Get a Job in College

Adulting is hard.

1.College is EXPENSIVE. Help your parents out by getting off your ass and working to either pay your own rent, buy your own textbooks, buy your own food, or help with tuition. And if they pay for all of that, then get a job so you no longer have to ask them for spending money.

2.You will make friends. Yay for the socially awkward. When you work with people, it's nearly impossible to not get to know them. Plus, you can also befriend customers or other people who come to your workplace.

3.It's easy to find a job. Generally, universities hire students. Also, colleges are surrounded by restaurants and stores that all hire college students. I recommend working for the university, that way you get off work when school is out--and they will build your work schedule around your class schedule so you don't have to worry about conflicts.

4.Connections. Your job could help you get future jobs, your boss could provide recommendations, as well as provide connections to help you move up in the career world. Networking is important, and you have to start somewhere.

5. You're building a resume. By having a job and being in school you are building a resume for either a future job, or for graduate school. It counts as an extracurricular activity, and you get paid for it.

6.Benefits! If you work at Starbucks, you get free coffee, free drinks, and free food. If you work at a pizza place, you get free pizza. If you work at a grocery store, you will get a certain percent off of all your purchases. Discounts and free shit are awesome when you're living the broke college life.

7.It's something to do. Stop binge-watching Netflix--It will get you nowhere unless you are a paid Netflix critic, which I highly doubt. Plus, that doesn't even exist.

8.Adulting. Having a job means having your own income. That means you need a bank account, maybe a credit card. You can start weaning yourself off of your parents' financial accomplishments, and start being an adult. A good first step would be to get off of your parents' cell phone plan and start paying your own cell phone bill.

9.Time management. With a job, you no longer have class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with nothing to do the rest of the day. You have to also fit in a four-hour shift, which means you need to learn how to manage your time if you want to maintain academic success while working.

10.Responsibility. Generally, professors do not take attendance in your classes so you don't always really have to go... work on the other hand, teaches you responsibility because if you no call no show, you are letting all of your coworkers down. If you fail to hold a minimum wage job, how do you expect to succeed further in life? You have to be responsible, go to work on time, and be a good worker, or you will be fired.

11.It teaches you how to cooperate with people you may not like. Maybe one of your coworkers never does anything right, or talks too much and is annoying, or always gets in your way. You will not like everyone you will meet; and learning early on how to cooperate with people you do not favor will help you in the long run.