When Jason Treasure applied for a job with Target more than 15 years ago, he wasn’t sure his application would be successful, let alone lead to a career in retail. Now Store Manager at Target Manjimup, in Western Australia’s southwest, Jason says that the opportunities to learn and develop along the way, as well as working with some great people, all contributed to where he is now.
“The main thing is that you need to start with yourself. Being open and honest and true to yourself, that’s what’s important and ultimately what motivates you,” Jason says.
Having a good understanding of the people who work around you is also important to getting the best from your team. As a manager, Jason understands the importance of supporting new team members in a retail role, which can be a different environment for them – especially Aboriginal boys. “Knowing your team is important. Being aware of what the home situation is and what other things might be affecting performance is the key,” reflects Jason.
Jason’s biggest inspiration is his Dad, Wayne, who instilled in him the importance of accountability and a good work ethic. “He gave me a terrific grounding to begin with, and that has been so important through my life," Jason says.
Jason’s first customer service job at Target all those years ago was in the Toys department. And it’s still his favourite section. “I like to work where I’m happy,” he says.