Inditex is a company not only setting the gold standard for their industry, but commited to a strong CSR policy that puts people first – both employees and customers, that takes care of the environment and community their products come from, and that utilizes their success to give back to both local and global causes.
They say the retail industry is fast-paced, and I can definitely attest to that because week one flew by fast. Two main things happened this week for me: A King’s Island fun day and getting assigned my project.
- King’s Island Fun Day
I cannot stress the importance of getting to know your leadership team and the people you work with. This was one of my goals this week, and it came at the perfect time because my entire leadership team and I went to King’s Island for a fun day! It was a great opportunity to connect with people in a non-professional setting, and to learn more about each other on a personal level.
Ask a few simple questions and let the conversation take itself from there. Here are a few simple questions that I personally like asking:- How long have you been working at ______?
– How did you get into the ______ industry?
– What is your greatest piece of advice that you can give to someone new to this industry/company?
And make sure to share about your passions and experiences as well! You will be surprised at how willingly people are towards listening to you. This has made for some great conversations for me, and it has allowed me to feel more a part of the family at Macy’s.
- Project Time
This week I also got assigned my biggest project for the summer. I will be working on a benefit program that Macy’s offers and give a final presentation at the end of my internship to the district executives, my VPSM (Vice President Store Manager), and my mentor. The goal of this project is to establish an action plan that will drive participation towards the use of this program which then should translate into sales. In order to achieve this goal, I will have to get my team on board with the plan and mentor them through coaching strategies. My conversations with my team of sales associates is going to be crucial in driving this initiative.Macy’s is all about people working for people. And this idea is engrained through coaching and mentoring at Macy’s. You never coach through numbers, but instead, you coach through behaviors. One thing that I have learned is inspiration comes from example. Here are a few helpful tips that I have learned when placed in a position to lead and inspire people:
– Have a clear goal and a reasonable approach to achieve it
– Recognize contribution
– Begin with what is working, then build on it
– Focus on the strengths of each person instead of weaknesses
– Clear hurdles that are in your team’s way
– Roll up your sleeves, show your team that you can contribute
– Recognize your team every week
– Inspire your team by keeping your commitments to them
– Show and communicate your progress towards your goal
– MAKE IT FUN.
Hope this week’s post provided some good insights for you guys! I look forward to sharing more of my experiences for next week. I will end on this quote that I saw earlier this week which spoke to me:
“You gotta skate to where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is now.”
Until next week, enjoy and take care!
Two weeks into my internship, and I can tell it’s going to be the summer of a lifetime. Having the chance to both live and work in Madrid has incited more thoughts and feelings than I can truly process; the greatest of these, though, is feeling overwhelmingly grateful. Every day, I go to work in the Human Resources department of Inditex. Inditex is a European fashion company that owns brands like Zara and Pull&Bear; we process applications and resumes to hire associates for the fast approaching sales that take place in Spain the entire month of July. As absolutely no English is to be spoken in my office, not only am I learning about the hiring process of a global corporation, but I am using and thinking in Spanish more than my six years of classes ever truly required of me. Though professional growth is a goal of every intern over the summer, acclimating to a new culture and company has taught me just as much about myself, and the power of your thoughts, during these first two weeks as it has shown me insight into my professional aspirations.
The first day in a new office can be intimidating. A positive attitude and an open mind can turn any situation into a good one.
Say yes more often. You never know when the dinner you got dragged into going to will be completely paid for by the stranger sitting next to you.
Embrace where you are and who you’re with. While we came here to work, it’s that time spent with the 35 other Ohio State students that I know will be the defining moments of summer.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. We all accidentally call our drinks (bebidas) babies (bebes) sometimes, anyways.
Life is all about people, and the quality of your relationships is dependent on your communication. Never again will I take speaking the same language as everyone around me for granted!
It’s not selfish to prioritize yourself; it’s completely necessary. While living with 35 other students is amazing fun sometimes, other times you need to exercise your independence, and have the confidence in those decisions to not second guess yourself.
Getting lost is FUN. Exploring a new place keeps in perspective just how small your problems are in relation to the rest of the world.
It’s not leaving your comfort zone, it’s expanding your comfort zone. Appreciate the differences you experience, or the lessons you learn. You’ll discover just how capable you truly are.
There are times that being an intern may not be glamorous, but remember to always be grateful.
And the best part about this all is that it’s only the beginning, but that’s the beauty of life.. Every day is a new beginning.
Week one on the job… Check! This week has actually been a whirlwind of information, names, and emotions. But by the end of the week, I can honestly say that Luxottica Retail is an amazing company and that I am going to learn so much over the summer.
My first day was orientation; Luxottica interns across all the brands learned the ins and outs of Lux’s internal communication system, how to get our badges, and how to navigate the building. (They also warned us that we would likely get lost at least three times. They were definitely right about that one…) The HR department also gave us our welcome gifts, which happened to be a Luxottica water bottle, glasses cleaner, and an Oakley book bag and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses…I think that was the highlight of my entire day!
The rest of the week I actually got started learning about my projects; I have four, and they all are pretty important to the company. It’s awesome to know that what I accomplish over these next two months will impact the organization, but it is also a lot of information to take in over a short period of time. Luckily, my manager and the team members in the Target Optical department are so awesome, welcoming, friendly, and willing to help.
I’m super excited that Target Optical has such awesome projects for me to work on and is empowering me to be able to complete the work. Cheers to the rest of the summer!
I am officially moved in at Xavier University’s apartments in Cincinnati for the next two months for my internship at Luxottica Retail, (I don’t start until Monday, but I wanted to give myself time to move in and figure out a new city) and I already can’t believe how different Cincinnati is from good ole’ Columbus Town. I also have made a couple discoveries.
Day one mistake: trying to jog on Xavier Campus; Cincinnati is so hilly! It definitely made my run more difficult than I’m used to and had me looking up gym memberships so I can find a treadmill to run on a relatively flat surface to save my legs from dying every time I run.
Day one discovery: Xavier University is small, especially compared to the wonderful Ohio Sate campus I know and love. At first I thought I was just missing part of campus when I kept jogging by the same buildings but a look at the campus directory told me that I had actually seen the campus in its entirety. It was definitely a weird feeling considering how big our campus is, and I realized I prefer the big campus feel we have at Ohio State.
Well, three days until I officially start work, not that I’m counting down or anything.