Alumni Spotlight: Lead Financial Planning Analyst at Target Corporate

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September 3, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices

Target blog headshotJohanna Chu, Lead Financial Planning Analyst, Target
Major:
Management
Grad Year: 2006

My name is Johanna and I graduated in 2006 with a Business Management Major. For my first job out of college, I was a store manager (Executive Team Lead) at Target in Round Rock, Texas – at the time, I thought my business management major would be perfectly aligned with this role and I could eventually pursue a career in human resource. After 18 months of working in a retail environment, I discovered how much I loved leading a team but I knew that working nights, weekends, and holidays was not something I wanted to do long-term and started seeking traditional corporate jobs, thus beginning my Finance career. My first job was at Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas where I was in Sales Finance. Two years later, I got married and moved to Los Angeles, California so my husband could pursue a graduate degree while I worked in Finance at a consumer packaged goods company called Roll Global. After my husband graduated, we moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I started my career at Target Headquarters in their expense management department supporting the pharmacy business.

Learn more and apply for Target Corporate intern and full-time opportunities via OCR. Deadlines: September 11 & 12, 2014.

Learn more and apply for Target Corporate intern and full-time opportunities via OCR. Deadlines: September 11 & 12, 2014.

Target is a great place to work – they truly embody the culture of being fast, fun, and friendly. I am surrounded by talented individuals and my leaders are committed to my development. To give a taste of Target culture, at a weekly cadence, my team gets together for breakfast each Friday just to hang out and catch up on life and on a monthly cadence, my team goes out for happy hour, volunteers, and does fun off-sites (like baseball games, picnics, etc.). Target also has a very collaborative culture and it is completely normal to set-up “coffee” with someone you do not know just to learn about their job and gain insight from them.

I remember being uncertain about my career path and what I wanted to do with my life. If you relate to that, Target is a great company to consider since it is so large and there are a variety of roles you can explore and eventually pursue – from human resource to marketing to finance to operations to merchandising. My career advice is to always remain curious and to learn how to connect well with others. 

 

 

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