Opportunity

From Part-Time to a World of Possibilities

By  Nicole Sanborn, Store Manager, Walmart Store 3306 June 03, 2014

Walmart Associate Nicole Sanborn

When I was 18, I took a temporary job at Walmart for extra cash. Eleven years later, I’ve gained so much more: a challenging, satisfying career.

I had no idea that my time making cakes in a supercenter bakery would set me up for the chance to be store manager. But my seemingly small choice indeed led to something bigger, and I love to tell people about the opportunity and personal growth I’ve experienced.

After six months in the bakery I was given the option to move to the wireless department, where I showed enough initiative to be named department manager. My co-manager at the time encouraged me to apply for the company’s manager in training program. I was accepted, and I believe the trajectory of my life changed from there.

I went from being a quiet, insecure college student who was uncertain about what she wanted to a confident, well-spoken woman who now leaves a lasting impression on her co-workers and family. Right after the manager in training program, I visited my aunt and uncle, who told me I wowed them by being completely different – way more talkative and extroverted than ever.

Today, I use my newfound outgoing spirit to not only run my Neighborhood Market, but also to tell my associates about the path of potential I found. I love encouraging others and watching them blossom. For example, I can recall one of my associates who started out seeming unsure of himself, but after a few years and making connections with others in the store, he’s now a department manager. I can see his future: buying a home, sending his kids to college. Watching all this happen is like magic to me.

I want all my associates to understand the opportunities they have with this company. I didn’t know it on the first day, but as a store manager, it’s my job to ensure that as many associates as possible can see it – and seize it – from the start.

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3 Comments

Justin ElliottJUNE 5, 2014 11:06 PM

This is a great story! I am at the part where I showed initiative and was named an hourly supervisor. Next step for me? Manager in training program!

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Ekmar AhmedJUNE 3, 2014 9:14 PM

I'm so happy for you Nicole, you are one lucky ones Excell to their dreams. I wish mine at my store was same, I'm national certified pharmacy tech and I work as a cashier for 7 months now, my store hires other walmarts for pharmacy jobs and not promoting their own associates!

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Leslie GouldJANUARY 4, 2015 12:36 AM

Ekmar, Please make sure your career dashboard is up to date. It changes back to nothing selected after each change of job and you don't have to wait 6 months.

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