What can I do with a major in Fashion Merchandising?
UGA Specific Information for Fashion Merchandising
The Fashion Merchandising major is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of merchandising related to the apparel and textile industries. The program emphasizes the skills and competencies needed for careers in fashion promotion, buying, retailing, merchandising, and management. Students in the Product Development and Design emphasis learn to work in a number of ways to design products. Inspiration and design concepts drive the garments' creation, along with identifying the target market. All designs are first prototypes in muslin, design and fit problems addressed and resolved, before the final garment is constructed. Student designers present their final projects to the class, professor, and invited judges.
Fashion merchandising offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. Graduates travel the world, start their own businesses and make positive impacts on their companies and communities.
** Includes Self-Employed
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
-Participate in the Career Center's Intern for a Day program to explore career fields of interest.
-Conduct informational interviews. Build your network through brief one-on-one conversations with professionals in your career fields of interest. Speak to your Career Consultant to discuss how to set up and prepare for informational interviews.
-Join a student organization related to your interests and goals. Get active and taken on leadership roles in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience.
-Look for student-specific and career resources from professional associations affiliated with your career fields of interest.
-Take on an internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunity related to your career fields of interest. Utilize Handshake to find these opportunities.
-Seek research, presentation, and writing opportunities.
-Explore and discuss graduate school options and resources early.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
Career Insider: Vault Guides (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "Career Insider". Select "Industries and Professions".)
Candid Career (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "CandidCareer.com". View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
Cover Letter Tips via Fashionista
FashionWorkie (UK Fashion Jobs)
Corporate Management Training/Leadership Development Programs (via UCSB Career Services)
Corporate Management Training/Leadership Development Programs (via UNCW Cameron School of Business)
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Fashion Merchandising Majors for the Class of 2017*
Syracuse University | The University of Georgia