September 2, 2022

Debunking 5 Common Myths About Starting a Career in Retail

There are several misconceptions regarding retail professions. In an effort to set the record straight, we’ve compiled a list of the top five retail myths, along with the facts.

The retail business is comparable to an iceberg, with shopfronts and outlets floating above the ocean and the huge system that maintains them mostly unnoticed. As a result, there are several misunderstandings regarding the retail business. We’ve compiled a list of the top five retail myths. Keep reading to find out all five!

1. Retail Workers are Mostly Unskilled

It is true that you often do not need a degree or any special training to work ‘on the floor’ at most retail establishments; however, it is also true that these unskilled professions account for just a small percentage of the employment available in the retail business. Retailers also hire for careers in sales, marketing, public relations, human resources, information technology, business planning, management, and logistics, and in most cases, these positions demand a particular degree, if not substantial experience.

Employers are also reporting that they want employees who have both hard and soft skills, including the ability to use technology to understand and facilitate online shopping.

2. You Can’t “Build a Career” in Retail

This is simply not true. In fact, many people enter the retail industry with the intention of building a long and successful career. There are countless opportunities for advancement within the retail sector, and with the right attitude and work ethic, it is possible to move up the ranks and into management or executive positions.

3. Retail Scheduling Only Works for Part-Timers

Flexible scheduling is one of the great benefits of working in retail, but it’s often assumed that this type of job can only be done on a part-time basis. In reality, there are full-time positions available in retail that offer flexible scheduling options. This is especially beneficial for parents who need to juggle work and child-care responsibilities, or for anyone who wants to have a more balanced lifestyle. Check out our Full Time Retail Positions page for more details.

4. eCommerce is Going to Kill the Retail Industry

There’s no denying that online shopping has had a major impact on the retail industry, but it’s not going to kill it. In fact, many retailers are finding ways to use eCommerce to their advantage, by offering both online and in-store shopping experiences. The real winners of the inevitable boom in e-commerce will be stores that offer a truly omni-channel shopping experience, and retail staff will play an increasingly integral role in that.

5. Retail Careers Don’t Pay Well

This is another common misconception about retail jobs. While it’s true that entry-level positions may not pay as much as some other jobs, there are plenty of opportunities for career growth and advancement within the retail industry. With experience and the right attitude, retail workers can earn competitive salaries and enjoy good benefits packages.


The retail industry is full of opportunity for those who are willing to look for it. There are many myths about careers in retail, but the reality is that there are many opportunities for advancement and competitive salaries. If you’re interested in a career in retail, don’t let the myths hold you back.

Land your dream job in the retail industry with the help of Chimera Recruitment. We are a leading recruitment agency in London and other major UK cities that provides staffing services for retail companies and department stores. Contact us now!

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