Try Some Cheese?
Courtney buys Walmart’s specialty cheeses in the deli category. And almost as classic as her category is the way she was able to build a career at Walmart.
Courtney started in the stores when she got a summer job at Sam’s Club 4930 in Cookeville, Tennessee. She didn’t know her time as a cashier would translate into a career. But with more experience came more opportunity—from learning inventory audits, working at the membership desk and, finally, becoming a member service supervisor.
“I started hourly as a cashier, and I kept getting new opportunities,” Courtney says while she expertly styles a cheeseboard. “I actually got the Walmart associate scholarship through the Walmart Foundation, and that helped to pay for my college!”
After she got her degree in merchandising, Courtney went back into the store with a market-level internship at Sam’s Club 8294 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was given the chance to go into the management training program, but said that the more she learned about buying, the more she felt called to try it out.
“Merchandising was where I really wanted to be, and so I just started applying to jobs at the Home Office,” Courtney says. “I would go into the Club computers and just start randomly emailing buyers. That’s not exactly how applying works, but I did make some good contacts!”
Now, as she nears her five-year tenure at the Home Office, Courtney has a category she’s passionate about, and relishes the opportunity to teach Walmart customers and associates more about those perfect pairings—like Walmart and opportunity.