From Floor Associate to Recruiting at Walmart: This is Jarryn's story of career mobility
Stepping into a dream job
Over the course of her 14-year career with Walmart, Jarryn was able to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management and grow into her role as a salaried project analyst.
Jarryn went to college after high school but she struggled to manage working in addition to her studies and dropped out. After gaining her footing at Walmart and finding out about Walmart’s partnership with Guild, she took her time to better understand the best way to earn her degree and gain skills while continuing to work. She decided to pursue a degree in business management and leadership.
In 2021, Jarryn completed her degree. “Getting my diploma in my hand — it felt like I could finally breathe,” she said. “It means a lot to me because I worked so hard for it.” Now, she’s using her new degree to transition from working in individual stores to working in recruiting at Walmart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
“Getting my diploma in my hand — it felt like I could finally breathe. It means a lot to me because I worked so hard for it.”Jarryn R., Walmart Project Analyst and Guild Member
In her 14 years at the company, Jarryn has done a bit of everything — from working as an associate on the floor to leading employee training. With the new opportunities her degree has opened up, she’s setting her sights even bigger. “I can't believe that I'm actually on a career path that I set out for myself,” Jarryn said.
“This investment is another way we can support our associates to pursue their passion and purpose while removing the barriers that too often keep adult working learners from obtaining degrees.”1Lorraine Stomski, Senior Vice President of Learning and Leadership, Walmart
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- "Walmart to pay 100% of Associates' Tuition: Largest U.S. private employer will invest nearly $1B over next 5 years in training and development", ProgressiveGrocer.com, July 2021.