August 12, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices
Why JCPenney: JCPenney offered me a change of career after several years in Houston as a software developer. I chose to change careers after discovering that a life of programming wasn’t for me and I always had an interest in the retail industry. I have constantly been challenged in different roles as a project manager, business analyst, and strategic sourcing manager. JCPenney has also been great at supporting my continuing education as I have been encouraged to achieve an MBA, PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt while with the company.
Career Advice/Words of Wisdom: Where to start? I have four nuggets of wisdom I’ve gathered over the years. There are more but these four are what I think are keys to success.
- Always continue to learn new skills and gain new experiences. The most successful people that I have seen continue to learn, ask questions, and develop themselves. They also ask for more work and find ways to improve the world around them. If your job doesn’t offer a chance to utilize all your skills, find a way to make it happen by joining an Employee Resource Group or volunteer to lead a department sub-committee. These are the people that are noticed the most when promotions and new roles open up.
- Never say no to a new opportunity that can further your career. There were a few times I absolutely did not feel comfortable with an opportunity but I overcame my anxieties and accepted the challenge. You cannot stay complacent or others will pass you by.
- Socialize! Needless to say the quiet ones are less likely to be noticed. Find a way to socialize with your coworkers. Go out to lunch, bring cookies to work, join a committee or whatever it is find a way to be known. Your name will float up more often by management if they know who you are and you’ve done really well with the first two things on my list.
- Find a mentor either in the company or outside that you can go to for career advice. They may not always know the answers but their experiences—good or bad—can help guide you. And don’t just find a mentor. Be a mentor. Mentoring is one of the best ways to prepare you for higher management roles because you are giving feedback and motivating others which are many of the same skills needed to be a good manager.
JCPenney Opportunities: For more information on these opportunities, visit http://college.jcpcareers.com/.