I was wandering around the Games Workshop website this evening browsing and discovered some interesting news. I had heard rumors that there was a new store in Minneapolis opening up, so I wanted to see if I could find any information on it. Well, as it turns out, there is a new GW store coming. Not only that, they are accepting applications for the "Hobby Center Operator" position there, with the deadline being May 7th.
Color me interested. I've been in the service industry for my entire working career. Not only that, I've advanced into management positions at two major corporations (with me turning down a position at the third) and one of those is retail. Its what I'm exceptionally good at -- in an industry that I absolutely love. I've been playing Games Workshop games for nearly twelve years now, so I've very familiar with almost everything that they've put out as far as games. Some more intimately than others. While I don't always have the time to paint or model now due to my current work-life, that pretty much becomes a non-issue in a hobby-oriented career. Quite a few people have seen my painting and I've been told I'm well above average, so that isn't a problem either. I am also very strongly focused in competitive play, without sacrificing fluff and fun; something that I believe is important to the company moving forward. I also run Implausible Nature, which has been quite successful (alot of the credit goes to my readers).
Let's not even talk about the fact that I've wanted to start my own gaming store. Hell, this takes all of the financial obligations out of my hands and let's me run a successful store backed by the largest wargaming company in the world. Can you tell I'm seriously considering applying? I believe this would be a great opportunity. I suppose that it cannot hurt to try. ;)