WETHERILL Park’s Medina Cicak has a lot to be proud of at just 22.
The Merrylands Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant general manager recently competed in the 2013 National Retail Association’s Young Retailer of the Year awards and clinched a placing in the top five.
But she also won the Innovation award - a milestone she never thought she would achieve.
‘‘I’m still so excited and feel very honoured to even be considered,’’ she said.
‘‘Receiving the Innovation award was a real highlight for me because it was the first one they’ve given out nationally.
‘‘To receive a placing also shows that the company really does give us the expertise and knowledge needed to compete against other companies.’’
Miss Cicak, who is also studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business and Global Management at the University of Western Sydney full-time, was among 25 young finalists competing for the title.
She said she had to present the judges with a business plan outlining how KFC in Merrylands was run.
‘‘We also had to do a phone interview talking about what the business was about and how sales were going,’’ Miss Cicak said.
‘‘We then went to Melbourne and had the judges speak about the future of retail. A forum was also held and had all these CEO’s from multinational companies speak about what retail was all about.’’
She said the finalists were then shortlisted to the top 10 before being interviewed by Journalist Tracy Spicer.
‘‘They then announced the top 5 and that’s when they called my name out,’’ Miss Cicak said.
‘‘It was an invaluable experience and it will definitely help me achieve my goal of understanding the retail business as a whole, as well as furthering my career in Human Resources.’’