How I Chose My Career in Merchandising #MyCareerStoryMonday

Abby (left) having some fun at the office with her co-worker!

Name: Abigail Eisner

Class Year: Senior, Class of 2018

Major: Information Design and Corporate Communication (IDCC)

Position: Merchandising Development Program, Allocation Analyst

Company: The TJX Companies, Inc.

Although I’m only just beginning my official career with TJX, I have had a lot of work experiences throughout the years. In high school I worked a few jobs in town, at Dunkin Donuts and at a local dog kennel, and I was a nanny as well. I work on campus as a Bentley ambassador with Undergraduate Admissions, and am one of the Student Directors of the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center. I am an Information Design and Corporate Communication Major, with a minor in Law, and I have had several internships. The summer going into sophomore year I was an intern for a small public relations firm, where I did research for clients on different publications for them to reach out to and events for them to attend. Then, sophomore year second semester, I was an event planning intern for St. Jude’s fundraising and awareness organization, ALSAC. It was a really rewarding experience and I learned so much while helping coordinate with the other staff to plan a gala in Boston with over 500 guests that raised over a million dollars for St. Jude.

My sophomore year I took the IDCC fashion merchandising course with the spring break trip to Italy taught by Ian Cross. The class had a partnership with TJX, and we got to actually present to company executives at their buying office in Florence about why American consumers like to buy Italian goods. I was always interested in fashion, but the analytical thinking and business components in the topics we were introduced to really opened my eyes to the opportunities that were out there when it comes to working in the industry! I also loved my experience with TJX in Italy, so I applied to their summer merchandising internship program. I was accepted and that summer I was a buying intern. I ended up staying for a second internship in planning and allocation, and August 2018 I will be starting full-time as an allocation analyst!

My favorite part of my job is that I am able to bring my love for fashion and the creativity associated with it, together with my passion for analytical thinking and data analysis that Bentley has instilled in me. Additionally, the relationships that I have been able to build over the past few years at TJX show the incredible culture that the company has. The opportunity for open communication that TJX has, is something that I admire greatly. While I really enjoy my position, there were times where it was challenging. Sometimes the analysis of why a product is selling a certain way, the decisions about where to ship products, and the analysis of how things turned out to be really tricky. It’s a given that you might not come to the answer right away, or at all, so thinking outside of the box is important and something I constantly need to remind myself.

If you’re considering a career in merchandising or with TJX, my advice is getting to know as many people as you can, because you move around quite often at the company. It’s also important to know it’s okay to make mistakes, as they are one of the best ways to learn!

If you are interested in a career with TJX, be sure to check out their careers website or stop by Career Services for more information. Also, if you are interested in the merchandising program, be sure to reach out to Abby via LinkedIn

 

By Caroline Gervais
Caroline Gervais Student Director, CareerEdge & Event Planning Team Caroline Gervais