Re:So Store Associate – Work Based Learning

Unpaid Opportunity
12 Nov 2018
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type

Re:So is a student supplied and student managed retail space in the centre of the city. Re:So was created in 2012 and is a part of Southampton Solent University. Retail Store Associates are responsible for the day to running of the store as well as some work at the pop up shop at the Showcase Gallery (James Matthews Building). Opportunities can include setting up and working at events, researching trends and taking part in vintage buying trips, visual merchandising, helping to organise and run events instore and offsite.  You will have the opportunity to develop retail sales skills, commercial ideas, and organisational skills as part of a team.  This role can be one where you test areas of retail to find which suit your skill base. 
Due to Re:So’s active nature with the University and the city of Southampton you may also be required to attend or assist with any events Re:So is involved in. Previously this has included Victorious Festival, a Dr Martens collaboration event, a fashion event and catwalk show with Gok Wan and launch parties for students and new suppliers. Ideas and input are welcome from all team members and make for part of the learning experience in the store.  


  • Opening and closing the store  Setting up the till and closing down at the end of the day  Serving customers and using the till and card payment machine  Recording all sales  Developing and maintaining store visual standards – including housekeeping, product presentation and styling displays  Talking to customers about how Re:So operates  Taking responsibility for daily health and safety checks instore and in the upstairs teaching space  Working with the Re:So Manager and Senior Lecturer to organise and work at events   Working at least 50% of weekend shifts  When working as a general Re:So team member the customers are the priority. It is crucial that all customers are greeted when they walk into the store, and assist them with their shopping experience, informing them about the unique nature of Re:So.

About You

  • Adaptable to different tasks and willing to learn   Highly organised and reliable individual  Ability to work independently and as part of a team  Interest in developing commercial awareness within a retail environment  Good communicator  

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Please note this opportunity is unpaid, and it is for students who undertake compulsory placements as part of their course. Solent University does not endorse unpaid opportunities outside of the curriculum. However, should you decide to take on this position you need to consider your financial situation and consider how you would support yourself for the duration of the experience. With overseas placements or internships it is worth noting that some companies may charge additional fees and should be thoroughly researched before committing. If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact

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