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.
Earn a 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:
- Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certification
- Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential
- Leadership (Positive Leadership | George Mason Continuing and Professional Education)
- Obtain an entrepreneurship credential by attending an EdX entrepreneurship course
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:
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.
Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Retail employers, such as:
Join the Retail community
Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.