We’re fortunate in the DFW area to have many retailers with management leaders who gladly come to campus to share their real-world work journeys and experiences. Lauren Tillman, Manager of eCommerce Operations and Store Compliance for The Michaels Companies was our featured speaker at the March 23 meeting of NRFSA. Her journey from JCPenney, J.Crew and now Michaels has given great perspective that to have a fulfilling career, she advised 3 things:
- Learn: Consume knowledge and experience as much as you can (and this goes far beyond college!)
- Earn: Build a foundation for the lifestyle you want to live
- Return: Focus on giving back to others via your time and resources
When asked about the things she wishes she would have known while in college, she was frank in sharing that often recent graduates feel they are entitled to a job simply because they have achieved a degree, but this is only the beginning. She also advised to always be willing to say ‘yes’ and to know your own strengths and weaknesses.