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redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
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So now that Q4 is in the rearview mirror, I spoke with my ETL about stepping down & wanted to see what else I could do. She said they lost a couple people in Food Ave (Target cafe?) & would I be interested. I did fast food when I was in high school & it was fun but I know that this is a different ball game. I said I'd think about it. The TL is a good buddy & he said he could not only use me but might even see if I can learn a little Starbux, too.
Any foodies able to give me the pros & cons?
 

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#3
I think you could do well with Starbux. Like Hardlinesmaster pointed out there are other directions you can go outside of Spot and being a barista is kinda cool anyway.
 
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redeye58

redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
#5
Looks like Ima gonna be a foodie! I'll be training at FA then learn Starbux (as a sub). That way I can keep my hrs up.
We moved up a TM to GSA for the holidays & they'll take my place.
I'm excited! (OMG, what have I DONE?!)
 
#7
loll good luck there are more opportunities in food, not to mention the experience you already have. :)

food ave. is cool I guess the boyfriend works in there (yes we work together)... loll
 
#9
If you can keep up with the clientele (which you probably will have no problems with after some intense training) definitely learn all you can at Starbucks. I don't know if you are in school, but obviously there are Starbucks EVERYWHERE and if you can barista well..
 
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redeye58

redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
#10
Thanx, guys. The main thing was timing so I didn't leave front end in a bind.
To all that suggested waiting, it was good advice & my ETL definately was on-board with it so no bad vibes with the move.
Just the thought of not dealing with front end another Christmas makes me happy :D
 
#17
I honestly have to ask, what are your long term plans? What makes you think this will pay off in the long run?

I know getting rid of the stress and the BS feels good for a while, but in the long run you are seriously hurting your self by doing this. (especially going in to front end food.... possibly the biggest dead end in the entire store) Like you said, you did this when you were in high school. You are going backwards.

I just hate to see another TL shoot themselves in the foot by "stepping down". I have been with the company years, and every TL I have ever seen step down regrets it. Even if they don't admit they regret it, after a few months you notice they are even more miserable than when they were a TL.

As a TL, I have thought about it. But I would never ever do it simply because the negative consequences far outweigh the good.

Basically stepping down is a career ending move. Once you do it, you are pretty much never going to go anywhere with the company again.

So you have to ask yourself these questions. Do you plan on staying with Target or leaving?

If you plan on staying, do you honestly see your self working food or some other TM role the rest of your years with Target?
 
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I honestly have to ask, what are your long term plans? What makes you think this will pay off in the long run?

I know getting rid of the stress and the BS feels good for a while, but in the long run you are seriously hurting your self by doing this. (especially going in to front end food.... possibly the biggest dead end in the entire store) Like you said, you did this when you were in high school. You are going backwards.

I just hate to see another TL shoot themselves in the foot by "stepping down". I have been with the company years, and every TL I have ever seen step down regrets it. Even if they don't admit they regret it, after a few months you notice they are even more miserable than when they were a TL.

As a TL, I have thought about it. But I would never ever do it simply because the negative consequences far outweigh the good.

Basically stepping down is a career ending move. Once you do it, you are pretty much never going to go anywhere with the company again.

So you have to ask yourself these questions. Do you plan on staying with Target or leaving?

If you plan on staying, do you honestly see your self working food or some other TM role the rest of your years with Target?

I believe she stated she was stepping down from GSA. Its probably a $0.25 decrease, maybe slightly more. I'd say Red is making the right move. Much less stress...a little less money. And Red, I know you said you would only be cross-trained at starbucks, but once you learn it, try to get into an actual Starbucks. Health benefits are supposedly top notch for a job like that. Much better than where Targets going. . .
 
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redeye58

redeye58

Hasta Ba Rista, Baby!
#20
As was pointed out, I was not a GSTL but a GSA.
I sought a few TL spots but it became evident I wasn't what they were looking for in terms of a TL. I've earned a degree but, like many others, there aren't currently any openings in my field (which was lucrative at the time I was working on it).
I'm staying at spot only for the benefits & pay since my spouse has neither at the moment & we've still got kids at home. In an earlier time, I might've fought harder to move up the hierarchy but now I'd rather reduce stress. In the 10+ yrs I've been here, the company has changed direction & so have my plans.
Time for a new challenge.
Not all TLs who've stepped down have regrets. Spikegrouchy for one.
 
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