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How can a Graduate Certificate in Merchandising benefit you at your current job or as you look for a job? Read below and see what recent graduates have to say about this program:

"FSU offered a fantastic undergraduate program in Fashion Merchandising, however I needed to understand the next level of merchandise management. The Graduate Certificate Program gave me the tools to understand essential retail math, to brief and plan new categories of business, the importing & exporting of goods, and how to create a SWOT analysis to hind sight your business (all essential knowledge within the fashion industry!)  I was able to apply some of the projects and learnings to my company. This resulted to my promotion in Product Management!"

-- Lindsey Batista, Product Manager at Sperry Top-Sider
Top-Siders were the first boat shoes introduced into the boating market. Sperry Top-Sider is the original brand of boat shoe designed in 1935 by Paul Sperry and is a licensed brand of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Wolverine World Wide is a global marketer of branded footwear.


"One of my seasonal goals was to help expand license opportunities within Stride Rite Children's Group. I used inspiration and research from the paper I wrote about the potential of Stride Rite apparel from one of my Graduate Certificate courses. Many projects and tasks in my current job relate to my learning from these courses."

-- Emily LeBlanc, Associate Product Line Manager SRCG
Stride Rite is a licensed brand of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Wolverine World Wide is a global marketer of branded footwear, as well as apparel and accessories.


"After graduating with my bachelor's degree I was having trouble finding a corporate job in the Boston area’s Fashion Industry. I completed the Graduate Certificate in Merchandising and quickly saw how helpful the course and program was.  Two months after completing my Certificate, I received numerous calls, went on job interviews and started my career as an Assistant Buyer in the retail industry. Without going through the Graduate Certificate in Merchandising course work, I would not have been as knowledgeable in the industry and would still be having a tough time finding a job."

-- Chelsea Deaken, Assistant Buyer at Destination XL Group, Inc.
Destination XL Group, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of men’s big and tall apparel, with an all-inclusive multi-channel website and hundreds of stores across the country, including Destination XL, Casual Male XL, and Rochester Big & Tall store locations.


"We had a big bid coming up and of course price is a factor. We only use A rated factories so we are assuming the others use less than that. I have been tasked with searching for information on what they are really saving versus going to non-compliant—to show the customer what they are really saying by going with a non-compliant factory. I looked at my Global Market: Dynamics of Retailing class external links quickly on my way out. I am already putting the Graduate Certificate in Merchandising to work!"

-- Jennifer Wilson, Product Manager for Uniform Services with ARAMARK.
ARAMARK is “America’s leading supplier of Rugged Workwear, Uniforms, Outerwear, Safety Apparel and anything else you need to outfit your workers for America’s toughest jobs."

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