Careers

Prepare to become work-ready.

U.S. and international companies are actively seeking graduates with product development and marketing capabilities for careers in retailing, manufacturing, international sourcing and in design and marketing services.

Whether applying for their first full-time position or looking for the internship that will get them that first big job, our students find positions with leading companies such as VF Corporation, HanesBrands, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Belk, TJX, Kayser-Roth, Tommy Hilfiger and many more local and global organizations. Because of the university’s proximity to North Carolina’s textile and apparel industry, many students remain instate. Others seek opportunities in major metropolitan cities across the US and the globe — New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong. Our faculty will prepare you and the CARS community will provide the support and networking; altogether, your CARS experience will help you forge a clear path to your goals.

For more information about career opportunities as well as helpful advice for securing your first position, visit the UNCG Career Services Center or the Bryan School Career Services site.

In addition to the on-campus resources, there are plenty of industry-specific sites, such as www.fashioncareercenter.com and www.apparelsearch.com to help you in your job search.  Professional associations such as the American Apparel and Footwear Association and National Retail Federation can also be helpful resources.

Are you an employer seeking an energetic, creative problem solver who is passionate about the apparel industry and eager to serve your organization? Submit your requests for job postings to CARS@uncg.edu.

Reap the advantages of earning a graduate degree.

These days, employers are looking for candidates who have a background that combines education and practical experience. In addition, advanced degrees are often the gateway to career advancement. By considering an advanced degree in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail studies, you are taking an important first step toward your individual future success and the impact that you can make going forward. Now, consider how you will put that degree to work!

 

What Can I Do With a CARS Master’s Degree?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and you are interested in discovering how a master’s degree would create opportunities for your future, consider the possibilities:

  • Position yourself for advancement at your current apparel or retail company
  • Learn what it takes to open your own apparel retail store
  • Gain access to jobs in the exciting world of the fashion business
  • Teach introductory courses at the university level

A Master of Science degree in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies can help you achieve any of these goals.

Students who have graduated with a MS in CARS have gone on to higher level positions at companies like VF Jeanswear, Nautica, Tommy, Polo/Ralph Lauren and Born Shoes or into buyer training programs at companies like Belk and TJ Maxx.

CARS PhD students presenting at a conferenceWhat Can I Do With a CARS PhD Degree?

Have you ever thought about teaching at the college level?  Do you think you could make a career out of mentoring others and helping them achieve their career goals? Do you want to research topics of interest to consumers and industry? If you already have a master’s degree, the CARS PhD will give you exactly the preparation you need to pursue a rewarding, lifelong career in academia. In fact, most accredited colleges and universities expect job applicants to have a PhD. Position yourself as a leading candidate for excellent positions in higher education.

An established and highly regarded program, the CARS PhD is one of the oldest on the UNCG campus. Students from our program who want to get an academic job can — and do. Our graduates have gone on to secure competitive, tenure-track positions in apparel programs at schools like Iowa State University, Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University and many other attractive universities.

Click here to contact the Director of Graduate Studies to find out more about what you can do with a graduate degree from CARS.