"I love our shoes and that drives my passion for sure, but I deeply appreciate all the managers and coworkers that help each other grow."
I've always been really interested in fashion, shoes in particular. One of my cousins has worked for a shoe company for about 10 years or so, so he really got me into fashion footwear.
When I graduated with a history degree in 2012 I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, I was thinking education but I wasn't really certain. I recognized the Clarks brand from when I had worked at DSW in high school, and I already liked the shoes, so I started working at our store in Providence. The culture in one of our retail stores definitely left an impression. I felt consistently engaged and appreciated. Visits from district and regional managers and from the home office were always extremely encouraging.
I had not really experienced this in a retail environment before. I was actively encouraged to look into working at the office and from there I started temping and was later hired full time. A few months later, I moved to the wholesale side of customer service, supporting our sales force and retail partners. Throughout this time, managers actively encouraged my development as an employee as well as my passion for the brand. I've always loved following our new seasons product. I love our shoes and that drives my passion for sure, but I deeply appreciate all the managers and coworkers that help each other grow. In the departments I've been in, that has always been present.
2017 will be my fifth year with the company, and I am now on the quality team alongside commercialization in sourcing. I've been able to grow from a storefront employee to the point where I now work with our engineers and product developers and have the opportunity to actively learn about product development, manufacturing, materials, and so on. I think there's an opportunity for wherever one might like to go in the shoe industry.
I know that many of our seasoned veterans here are happy to have someone enthusiastic about footwear shadow them and they always help to promote understanding when asked about their field. I know that I've been able to develop not just myself personally, but also as a contributor to the collective of the company. The positive environment that I've experienced has definitely led me to encourage others to explore careers here. But of course, as I've said, our product still greatly drives my passion - I've got about 70 pairs of Clarks now!
Patrick Ennis, Quality Assurance Technician (Supply Chain)