„If you enjoy your work everything is possible.”
From October 2011 to April 2012 Magdalena Sarnowska participated in the Trainee Programme. Since September 2013 she was storemanager for P&C in Vilnius, Lithuania. From May this year she is back in Poland, responsible for P&C store in shopping center Arkadia in Warsaw.
What were the highlights in your life so far?
On the one hand my Erasmus term in Germany. During this time I became aware of the fact that there were plenty of job opportunities outside my homecountry Poland. I experienced an international environment for the first time and got a better picture of everything somehow. This experience helped me to discover that working internationally would be a job-enrichment for me.
Why did you apply at P&C?
Right after my graduation I saw a P&C job offer online. I applied for an internship in Warsaw and I got admitted. At the beginning, fashion didn’t really matter to me. This passion only emerged later in my career. After the internship I started with the Trainee Programme. Here I received a profound training for my first position as a department manager.
What have been the challenges you had to tackle working at P&C so far?
So far, the most difficult thing for me was moving to Lithuania. I have been in the Baltics for almost three years and every day was a personal and professional challenge. As I didn’t know the local language I had to use English and sometimes German to communicate with my team. This makes the knowledge transfer harder than in a monolingual environment.
How well do you fit with P&C?
Very well. I have been working at P&C for five years now and I advanced from intern to storemanager. So I guess I fit in. But honestly speaking: I love what I do. At P&C we, the employees, are seen as an asset. We get to participate in many trainings which are extremely well planned in accordance with our career paths. Moreover, we are provided with contact persons and all year round special events for the employees are held. Since last year we have our own running team and we participate in the biggest running events organised in Poland. Last but not least - the payment is great.
What do you like about your job and responsibility?
The variety of its tasks: it’s a mix between sales, commerce, working in a team, interacting with customers, figures and analysis.
What are the features needed in order to succeed in fashion retail in your opinion?
I’m very target-and outcome-oriented. Moreover, I enjoy working in a team as well as interacting with customers which is in my opinion fundamental for a career in this field. Even store managers and department managers spend most of their days working with people.
What are your wishes for your future development?
In three to four years I envision myself as a store director. This position includes wider responsibilities. I would head a subsidiary with its whole team and all their sales on my own.
What is your advice for new P&C employees?
To not shy away due to the number and diversity of tasks. At the beginning I felt completely overwhelmed and I thought it was impossible to tackle everything. But if you enjoy your work everything is possible.