A flexible foot on the career ladder

Cathy Barwise has worked her way up to a store manager position at Starbucks, despite working flexibly after the birth of her first child.

Cathy Barwise has worked her way up to a store manager position at Starbucks, despite working flexibly after the birth of her first child.

Now a Store Manager from the Bold Street store in Liverpool, she will have been with Starbucks for twelve years in December, having started as a part-time barista in 1998 after completing her degree. 

She was quickly promoted to a Supervisor role and then it took her just over two years to become an Assistant Store Manager. Following this Assistant Manager role, she was then asked to open Starbucks new store in Cheshire Oaks as a Store Manager.

Following the birth of her first child, she took ten months maternity leave before returning to a flexible working hours rota with Starbucks, which allows her and her husband [who also works for Starbucks] to balance work around raising their daughter.

She recently applied for a head office secondment role which involved writing modules for a comprehensive staff training programme, giving her the opportunity to develop new skills. After completing her three-month secondment, Cathy, 34, is now back running the Bold Street store.

Through the Starbucks beanstock benefit [stock options], which is available to all Starbucks employees, she was able to fund half of the deposit on her house and also used the rest to help pay for her wedding a few years later.





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