March 20, 2014
Megan Loose, a Gap Outlet sales associate in Allen Park, Michigan, shares her story.
Thanks to this company, I’m looking at more money this summer to help pay for classes, books and everything else that comes with college.
As a 19-year-old student who works for Gap Outlet part-time, Gap Inc.’s recent decision to raise its minimum hourly rate in the U.S. not only directly impacts me, it proves that this is truly a great place to work.
I also thank my managers for that—I have a schedule that works around my life and school.
I was a sophomore in high school when I got my first job here as a sales associate. I had just turned 16 and needed a way to pay for gas for my first car. I had no idea what else I was about to take away from the position besides a paycheck.
From day one, my job changed me and helped me grow into a confident, adaptable and dependable person. I will never forget my first day... when the phone rang, I was told to say something like "Thank you for calling Gap Factory Store, how can I help you?" I was so nervous that all I could muster was a shy, "Hello?"
Since then, I've learned so many important life skills (including how to answer a call from a customer). I know how to work with others, think creatively to solve problems, and I’m generally more outgoing. It’s these skills that stay with me every day through work and school.
I’ve gone from a shy, timid young girl into the outgoing and confident person I am today. I am thankful every day for the opportunities I have been given at Gap.