When I first started this blog I talked about how I wanted to share my experiences of post grad life with everyone. So far I feel like the main focus has been on general parts of my personal life. I have shared the story of how I got my job, a list of fashion companies outside of Los Angeles and New York, and the reason I love fashion. However, I feel like I haven’t gone into that much detail about my career. One of the big parts of post grad life is your career whether you like that aspect or not. After a year in my position I thought it was time to start sharing a few more details about the career portion of my post grad life.
Today I am going to share a day in life of being a merchandise assistant. This will give you a small peek into what my job is like but in the future I plan on writing a post the delves a little deeper into all of the intricacies of the corporate fashion industry.
6:30 AM- Time to wake up!
6:30 to 6:45 AM- I usually stay in bed for about 15 minutes after waking up to scroll through social media. Some might think that’s a bad habit but I like to do this because of the time difference between where I grew up and where I live now. A lot of my close friends probably posted after I went to bed so I like to check out those things before I get busy for the rest of the day. This process also helps me keep my eyes open for a few minutes so I don’t fall back asleep.
6:45 to 7:00 AM- Shower.
7:00 to 7:15 AM- I eat a quick breakfast and have some coffee. A few of my usuals include peanut butter toast, avocado toast, greek yogurt with blueberries, oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas, or if I’m real rushed an RX bar.
7:15 to 7:35 AM- I get my outfit on and then do my hair and makeup. My hair has already air dried a little bit while I ate breakfast so I usually just brush my hair once I have picked out my outfit. I then usually just put on concealer, foundation, powder, gimme brow, and mascara. Sometimes I will throw on some lipstick. Notice I haven’t blow dried my hair… my hair is so fine and straight that it will air dry the rest of the way while I drive to work so the last thing I do is put my shoes on and grab my purse/keys!
7:35 to 7:40 AM- I get in my car and select a podcast to listen to.
7:40 to 8:15 AM- During this time I am driving to work.
8:15 to 8:20 AM- Since I work at such a large building it actually takes a few minutes to get to my desk once I park.
8:20 to 8:30 AM- I log into my email and check any urgent emails that were either sent after I left work the day before or from people in New York who have already been working for an hour.
8:30 to 8:45 AM- I pull the daily sales report for the rest of my direct team.
8:45 to 9:00 AM- Once I have gotten settled I use this time to figure out what needs to be completed in the morning, what needs to be completed that day, and what else I have on my plate that needs to be completed in the near future.
9:00 to 9:15 AM- Today a grabbed a second serving a coffee from the in office coffee stand with a couple coworkers. Usually I just get coffee from the Keurig we have on our floor.
9:15 to 9:45 AM- I wrote a last minute order for my main assistant buyer. This process includes keying it in the system, writing a note to the planner, and then making a copy of the buysheet for the allocator. Usually I could get a couple orders done within this time frame but let’s be honest it was Friday and everyone was a little chatty.
9:45 to 10:15 AM- I help fix a fixture for my assistant buyer in our sample room because we have a meeting later that she will use that display as part of her presentation.
10:15 to 10:30 AM- During this time I send off a few emails to my vendors to help clarify or follow up on any ongoing situations. Since email is my main form of communication with vendors it can take some back an forth before the situation is resolved.
10:30 to 11:00 AM- Apparently some other team needs access to a room my team primarily uses for all of our incoming samples from vendors. So basically I had to condense or find a new home for a lot of product at this point of the day.
11:00 to 12:10 PM- Today there was a company wide event. it was a work appropriate tailgate to celebrate the return of football! This means we had BBQ catered and people could play games such as corn hole on our lawn/pond area.
12:10 to 12:30 PM- I check my email again because I get emails all throughout the day. Not all are just informational, a lot of them have questions I need to answer. My assistant buyers have a lot on their plate, so as I have learned the business over the year I have more and more become the first point of contact for a lot of situations. I try to field a lot of questions before another person needs to get involved.
12:30 to 1:00 PM- Recently I was part of launching a new collection from the very beginning. It is also our most trendy collection so I like to check on how it is doing. I used this time today to pull different sales metrics on the collection. Not only does this help me know what is doing well in our division, it helps me learn how to use a reporting system I would have to use more in the next level up in the company.
1:00 to 2:00 PM- I am having hard time remembering exactly what I did during this time but it was probably a combination of writing orders, making adjustments to existing orders, diffusing “emergencies”, and setting up items for upcoming orders.
2:00 to 2:10 PM-A local vendor shows up so I let them in to work with my assistant buyer.
2:10 to 2:30 PM- I check on my team’s sample rooms to make sure they look presentable for our meeting later.
2:30 to 4:00 PM- More time to write orders, make adjustments to existing orders, diffuse “emergencies”, and set up items for upcoming orders.
4:00 to 5:00 PM- I attend the meeting where the assistant buyers and head buyer present what we are buying for November and December shipments. They present to the boss of my head buyer and the boss of that person. This is a pretty high level meeting. For the most part the items for upcoming orders have been selected so this is the time where the buyers are trying to sell their vision to the merchandise managers. Usually it goes over pretty well but if there is an item they hate we will usually try to adjust.
5:00 to 5:15 PM- I adjusted a couple order before I left for the day. The business is always changing so adjusting orders is pretty common.
5:15 to 6:00 PM- Peace out work! Rush hour takes a little longer to get home. However, today I stopped at Trader Joes on my way home for 2 items and wine.
6:00 to 6:15 PM- This is when I was actually was at Trader Joes.
6:15 to 6:30 PM- Finally made me way fully home 🙂
6:30 to 7:30 PM- This time was used for cooking and eating dinner. I just made a bunch of random small bites this time.
The rest of the evening has been used to call family and write this post! I used to be more social on Friday nights but recently work has been busy enough that I need that night to recharge. Then by Saturday I am ready to be social!
Hopefully this gave you a small idea of what being a merchandise assistant involves, and like I said I plan on sharing more of the variety it involves!