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Any retail, or resale position is a great way to start. Every sales position you attain adds to your in depth knowledge of the Sales Industry. Different companies will teach you different techniques to sell particular products, so know you will always be learning ways to perfect your technique. Depending on the company you are seeking, there are many other areas, other than 'selling' you may need to know a little about; such as marketing, advertising, product merchandising, shipping/receiving, Human Resources, customer service relations, vendor relations, and many other areas depending on what area of Retail Management you would like to be in. So, find a product or store you like, get a job selling, and start learning your way to the top!
Simple. Take a job as a retailer. Work the floor, work hard, show initiative and ask for a promotion. Better yet get one offered to you because your awesome. You can't move right into management at a large retailer. Possibly at a boutique, but retail is about sales and if you don't have sales experience or floor experience how can you manage people who do that job? That is what a hiring manager would ask. It helps a lot to have on your resume "been there done that" vs. "haven't been there but I can try and manage that". See what I mean?
First of all, is there a particular retail chain that you are interested in working for?
Many retail outfits have amazing management training programs. I would look at their website and look at their core values and the training available. Also, speak to managers in the company you are interested in and ask what got them where they are.
Some places recruit right out of college into their management training programs as well. I went into retail banking management after becoming licensed in the securities industry after graduation. This was a very good training program that lasted 6 months and I still glean knowledge from that training.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions!