Age 66 put me to lifting 50lb bags of garden supplies, 10 hour days, somebody has to do it, but not me.
Was hired at Wal-Mart at age 54. Now turning 65 at Wal-Mart. Have been trained in e-commerce/Digital Shopper online and pick-up services using the latest tech devices. TC 72, Zebra Printers, Desk Computer with company programs and multiple apps. Company trained. I applied to be a stockman, but was immediately placed. In computer cashiering. Have been trained and served in Customer Service, Money services, Electronics, Photo Lab, Wireless Services, Self Check-Out, Check-Out-With-Me portable hip register, and now On-line Grocery and Pick-Up Today Services. I was asked by management to move in these departments. If you are willing to learn and stay on top of technology Walmart will train you. I see people in my age group decline technology training every week and they stay in the same position, or are moved into a less demanding position. Walmart will train you, if you have the will and discipline to learn.
I worked for company for 29 years. I was 59 at time. I was told I would be trained on new digital systems, but I wasn't. I was an Assistant manager for 19 yrs. They brought in a store manager to terminate me and other managers. He was gone a month after this happened. They could pay two younger managers for what they were paying me.
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