If you feel like Target is leading you on and pushing you out, they probably are. Unfortunately, Spot does not seem to be without manipulative liars in leadership, and waving the promotion carrot in front of someone to get them to do the work of a higher position while holding (and being paid at the rate of), a lower position is not unheard of. Promoting to ETL from a TM position is difficult, and signing on as an on demand TM will not likely lead to your becoming an ETL anytime soon.
Best advice I can give you is take your degree and intern experience and apply for jobs elsewhere, where they will give you the honest feedback that you will need to succeed, since Target obviously isn’t. Sounds like they can’t get their story straight to tell you anything, useful or otherwise. Expecting you to sit on your degree and work on demand for two years “to prove them wrong” will be only the first unrealistic expectation you can expect at Target. If you want to be in retail management, don’t waste two years of your life on the chance that Spot leadership will change their mind, interview at other companies and start with a clean slate. Sorry it didn’t work out for you at Spot. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
I started at target fresh out of college and worked for them 27 years until this May. My advice is to find something non retail. Retail is not what you will want to be doing in a decade when you’re growing a family. The schedule sucks. Find something different now.
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