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LEAD SALES ASSOCIATE, FAIR TRADE BOUTIQUE, IN-DEPTH: Fair Trade Is Meaningful But Not Always Profitable

About this video 

Lauren, a sales associate for a fair trade boutique, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Though retail is a very accessible industry to get into, unfortunately the same cannot be said for fair trade. Fair trade is a limited industry because it isn't very profitable, so it should be something to go for if you are passionate about it.

Degree: Anthropology
Job Title: Lead Sales Associate
Employer: Global Exchange

Job Summary: Retail Salespersons

Job Description

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise and products, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts, (called parts salespersons). Both groups help customers find the products they want and process customers' payments.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate on-the-job training can be expected.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$10,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
14 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Flexible, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='10990'>So</span> <span m='11200'>dealing</span> <span m='11620'>face-to-face</span> <span m='12090'>with</span> <span m='12170'>people</span> <span m='12510'>and</span> <span m='12600'>talking</span> <span m='12940'>and</span> <span m='13030'>sharing</span> <span m='13330'>stories</span> <span m='13690'>is</span> <span m='13810'>my</span> <span m='13920'>favorite.</span> <span m='14920'>The</span> <span m='15000'>most</span> <span m='15260'>challenging</span> <span m='15930'>is</span> <span m='16050'>when</span> <span m='16260'>no</span> <span m='16430'>one's</span> <span m='16700'>in</span> <span m='16920'>the</span> <span m='17010'>store.</span> <span m='17610'>So</span> <span m='17840'>you</span> <span m='17980'>have</span> <span m='18230'>to</span> <span m='18350'>keep</span> <span m='18590'>yourself</span> <span m='18990'>busy</span> <span m='19490'>and</span> <span m='19610'>engaged</span> <span m='20650'>and</span> <span m='21240'>self-motivated</span> <span 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