General Information:

  • Obtain retail experience through summer jobs, part-time jobs or internships.
  • Computer knowledge is crucial. Become familiar with technology related to internet sales, distribution and inventory tracking.
  • Join student branches of professional retailing associations. Read their publications and attend their meetings.
  • Read the business section of newspapers and magazines to keep track of current trends in retail.
  • Be prepared to work holidays and weekends, typically the busiest times for retailers.
  • Contact stores or markets of interest. Inquire about management training programs.
  • Most retailers promote from within the organization; therefore, management trainee programs or sales associate positions are a good way to begin.
  • Supplement program with courses in marketing, accounting, communications and computers.
  • Be aware of the many transferable skills associated with this degree.
  • For increased opportunity, determine alternative areas of business in which your skills, experiences and interests might also apply.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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