I studied a Retail Management degree and did a Buying module, which was sponsored by WHSmith. This led to an Industrial Placement and a role as an Assistant Buyer within Books. I then moved through various roles to become Senior Buyer of Core Stationery. A year of maternity leave followed. I returned as a Project Manager within Books, leading the roll-out of a number of trials across High Street stores. After six months I was made Trading Controller for Kids’ Books, on a part-time job-share basis.
Having so many business units within Trading, has allowed my career to move at pace; something other retailers can’t always offer. The breadth of experience has helped me progress. If you push yourself, you’ll never get bored!