@Sneakers41 - I just wanted to say that I went into retail management right out of college. I went into an Executive training program for a major department store and they recruited when they visited by school.
It was a six week training program that allowed us to work in the stores for a few days during our training. We were immediately assigned our stores and after the training we had to report directly to our senior manager at the assigned store.
I worked long hours and had to perform floor moves as well as inventory. I worked about fifty to sixty hours a week on a regular basis.
I liked the challenging nature of the job and how everyday was not the same, but I disliked working weekends which is a must for anyone working in a retail environment. I did enjoy the store discounts which were a really nice perk to the job.