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Retail careers

How we shop changes constantly – from high street shopping to ordering online and even shopping for fashion by uploading Instagram photos to apps. Retail careers are evolving too!

We will always need to buy things, so retail careers are here to stay. You can get great discounts by working in the stores of your favourite brands, but if you thought retail careers were just about customer service, think again. Jobs in retail can mean anything from handling e-commerce on a film and gig tickets website to choosing what products a store will sell. Retail careers are a chance to follow your interests as well as your dreams. If you’re creative, hands-on, a people person or prefer to do your best work while not being watched all the time, get ready to rethink retail careers.

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Here are just a few ways to take your first or next step into a retail career. People with all kinds of interests and backgrounds are needed to help customers buy, buy, buy – whether those customers are browsing items on the high street or buying online.

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  • Airline customer service agent
  • Antiques dealer
  • Art valuer
  • Banking customer service adviser
  • Bookseller
  • Builders’ merchant
  • Checkout operator
  • Counter service assistant
  • Customer service assistant
  • Customer services manager
  • E-commerce manager
  • Garden nursery assistant
  • Medical sales representative
  • Motor vehicle parts person
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Petrol station sales assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Retail buyer
  • Retail jeweller
  • Retail manager
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Sales administrator
  • Sales executive
  • Sales manager
  • Sales representative
  • Shelf filler
  • Shopkeeper
  • Stock control assistant
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Wine merchant

Retail jobs and career routes

Each job listed tells you what qualifications, experience and skills you might need. You’ll also get to know about helpful employers offering jobs like these to young job seekers around the UK.

Think you haven’t got the right qualifications, skills or experience? There are lots of alternative career routes on offer and we’re here to help you find them.

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