Nicole Dahl

Alumni Spotlight- Nicole Dahl, Target

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Nicole Dahl graduated in May 2016 with a major in Marketing and is currently working at Target as an Executive Team Leader – Sales Floor & Guest Experience in Tucson, AZ. 

Why did you choose to work for Target? Keesha Rutledge, a friend and fellow marketing classmate, came back from her Target internship raving about her summer experience. Target has an amazing company culture, a focus on development and growth, and prioritizes their employee’s overall well-being. Besides the initial appeal, I was excited about the opportunity to learn about inbound sales and visual merchandising.

Tell us about your job responsibilities and title. As an Executive Team Leader – Sales Floor & Guest Experience, no two days are ever the same! Every day, I am out on the sales floor leading my team, working alongside other executives on projects to help our store stand out, and making business decisions that impact sales. I start my morning by using reports to analyze metrics that help me to make decisions about product placement, the needs of our guest, and driving sales. Target empowers me to “be bold” by localizing my store to meet the needs and wants of our specific guest. I love partnering with different team leaders to work on projects that will drive sales and improve our guest’s shopping experience.

What do you enjoy most about working at Target? I love the team aspect that is so heavily ingrained in Target’s culture; I get to partner with so many people every week, who challenge me and together we can attain a common goal. Every day I face a new challenge, have the opportunity to work on a new project, and/or get creative with my team. I enjoy not having to sit at a desk all day and feeling accomplished when I leave work every day.

What is your fondest Eller memory? My Eller experience was incredible, but I loved attending the Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things Networking Tea events. Perfectly placed right before fall semester finals, I always left feeling refreshed and inspired to push forward towards my goals. Not only was it great to network with such accomplished and powerful women in the Tucson community, but it was also empowering to think that myself, along with the other accomplished attendees, have the potential to someday be the ones speaking and inspiring a whole new group of young women!

What advice to you have for Eller students seeking a similar career path? I never thought that I would begin my career, post-college, in retail so my advice, rather, would be to find a company that will invest in you and help you continue to develop. Culture is so important and will be the reason you get out of bed every morning wanting to go to work. Keep an open mind when applying to jobs and use your friends/classmates as resources. If you are interested in learning more about an Executive Team Leader position at Target, feel free to reach out to me!