DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I have worked in my store since I was a teenager. It’s where I made my money during my summer vacations, where I was brought on fulltime as an assistant manager when I graduated college, and where I always had parttime or fulltime work when I needed it when my babies came along.
The whole chain is now in bankruptcy closing mode, and not only is the store itself getting sadder and more empty by the week, but the morale of all of us still working there is, as one of my coworkers says, “lower than a snake’s belly.”
A big part of why we’re all so bummed, besides soon being out of jobs, is that this was a really good company to work for. Both our local and regional managers, and on up to the top of the corporate chain felt an obligation to us as much as to the bottom line, and some news stories and analyses make it sound like that’s a part of why the company couldn’t compete in the current retail environment.
I have been doing some serious thinking about what I want to do next, and although I have loved working in retail, my gut tells me it’s time to look elsewhere.
Don’t you think it’s sad to have to leave the work you love because of how sh##ty the industry it is part of has become? --- WILL MISS MY STORE
DEAR WILL MISS MY STORE: I agree it’s extremely unfortunate that people are having to leave the jobs they love because industries and businesses are undergoing radical changes or vanishing.
Although there may not be nearly as many retail outlets as there were just a few years ago, I think many of us continue to enjoy the experience of in-person shopping.
It’s possible you may yet find another store that will offer you at least some of the positive experiences you had at your current company. With the holidays approaching, you could potentially audition a new place by being hired as a seasonal employee. It might be worth a try before turning away from what you’ve enjoyed doing for so long.