Overview of Retail

Retail is the combination of activities involved in renting or selling consumer goods and services directly to consumers.

Get Career Ready for Retail

Find out what it takes to land a career in Retail.

Career Readiness Equation
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Earn a Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the field of Retail, it is recommended to have a strong background in sales, customer service, as well as quantitative, interpersonal and analytical skills. Majors, minors, and degree information can be found in the Mason Catalog.   

Along with your degree, professional certifications like these may increase your employment options:

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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers are expecting candidates to have at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions.

Here are the types of experiences most valued by Retail employers, and where to find them:



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Market Yourself


Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom. 

Below are top ways to showcase your qualifications to Retail employers:


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Career Ready

Career Ready

Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Retail employers, such as:


Best Buy

CVS Health


Walmart Corporate


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Join the Retail community

Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.