Commitment to Success
It was eight years ago that Brandon’s journey with Walmart began. He had just left college for financial reasons and joined Walmart as a wireless associate in electronics.
“I started working at Walmart, and it was my first job ever. Thankfully, I had people who supported me inside the store and outside the store also, and that really helped me grow.”
Brandon was soon promoted to department manager of electronics. Over the years, he’s been promoted several times. Today, he’s a front-end coach.
When the pandemic cut back on activities, Brandon decided it was time to return to school through Live Better U, which pays all college costs for qualifying associates. The program covers education in more than 30 degree programs for hourly part-time and full-time associates who meet eligibility requirements.
Brandon is studying health sciences through Purdue Global University, an online school. His ultimate goal is to pursue a master’s degree and study to become a physician’s assistant.
In the meantime, he’s invested in the success of his associates as a coach. He encourages others at Walmart to make the most of the Live Better U program. “I get so excited when they're getting to the point where they're graduating… I even came up here on my day off in June to celebrate a graduation.”
He credits his career path and leadership style to the mentors who guided him at Walmart. “I had people who really invested the time in me,” he says. “They helped me learn how to lead people—they gave me the people and the management skills that I needed.”