Waterstones bookshops are perhaps the most famous name out there in the retail world of high street bookselling. Many of us will have bought a book from there at some time. Set up in 1988 by Tim Waterstone, the company is now owned by A&NN Capital Fund Management. As well as selling books, some Waterstones stores also have outlets of Costa Coffee, Starbucks and stationery company, Paperchase within their shops. Opportunities for student jobs could arise in Waterstones through these companies.
Student retail jobs at Waterstones could be part time, weekend jobs or seasonal work. Seasonal jobs are often available around the busy Christmas period, for example. Positions within Waterstones book stores are booksellers, assistant shop managers and shop managers so there could be posts for those who are considering a full time graduate career in the bookselling industry. Inhouse fast track training is provided for those who want to progress within the company.
Students and graduates who would like a retail job at Waterstones are no doubt going to be people who have a love of reading and books. Waterstones bookshops pride themselves on excellent customer service so employees need to be confident in dealing with the general public. Waterstones respect individuality and state that people are employed on the basis of merit and ability.
Waterstones bookshops are located all over the United Kingdom and there are also outlets in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and in western Europe in the Netherlands and Belgium. Students and graduates studying in and around London will find almost 150 stores in that area.
As mentioned above, Waterstones book stores often recruit temporary, seasonal workers as book sellers in their shops; good for students who would like to work during the Christmas holidays. Apart from that, the company recruits on a store by store basis, whenever vacancies arise. Students can do a job search on the Waterstones website to see if there are currently any part time vacancies in a Waterstones nearby.
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