"Department stores can be one of the most challenging and rewarding retail environments to work in. You need to have great communication skills, the desire to build partnerships and have a flexible approach to people management.
You will also need to show strong leaderships skills, make commercial decisions and demonstrate clear strategic planning. Key skills in customer service, operations, product and people development will be essential. There are great opportunities to raise your personal profile within a department store, either through managing a flagship concession or a key area within the store. Department stores can be a great way to gain exposure to larger turnovers and potential to move into senior managerial roles in the future."