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A Trip to Beall's...

A walkthrough of my career shadowing day at Beall's Department store with my mom who works there part-time as a sales associate.
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Taylor Thomas

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of A Trip to Beall's...

A Trip to Beall's! Arrival Organization Jewlery is Delicate! Angry Customers Palettes are NOT Fun Stay on Task, please. Lunch Break That's a Wrap What I've Learned/Afterthoughts I took a journey through Beall's
Department Store with a shadower, as she
guided me through her daily routines and
happenings, I asked her questions about
her career as a whole and her opinon on
things. We arrived at 7:30 AM, bright and early. The store had no customers in it at the time, but we still had to set up the jewlery section to a tee. One of the most important parts of this position is organization. Without it, customers may have a hard time finding what they are looking for, and your administrators will not encourage your actions. The most critical thing I learned about jewlery that day is that it is extremely fragile. When handling jewlery simply use caution and common sense. By this time of the day, I had realized that the upper management at Beall's doesn't play around. Even if you see a friend from somewhere or you talk to your coworkers a little bit too long sure enough an advisor will come along and tell you to "stay on task". It's quite annoying, really. The other less-than-wanted part of the job was customers. It seemed as though at least once every two hours if my shadower wasn't dealing with an unhappy customer, someone around her was. It seems as though people will find a reason to complain about anything, sometimes. Ah, yes. On a side note, palettes are those huge wooden trays that hold boxes of goods in the backrooms of stores. Although ingenuitive, they create stress for the employees when your boss tells you "I want two palettes cleared by the end of the day" when theres a seemingly impossible amount of objects on them. For lunch, we ate at Beef O' Brady's
Nuff said. After lunch my shadower only had a few hours of her shift left, and most of the store's population had died down, so it was smooth sailing until the end of the day. I have learned that I would do anything to get out of having this occupation, no offense (Yea, right lol). I found it extremely grueling with the seemlingly endless hours coupled with the laborous work. Not to mention the upset tantrum-throwing customers and the sour-faced upper management.
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