Special Considerations for Graduate Students

The main NCA consumer products and retail industry page provides a helpful introduction to careers in these fields for all students, so make sure to read that, too. Here are some additional considerations for graduate students considering a career in consumer products and retail.

Research Opportunities and Identify Your Priorities:

There are a wide range of opportunities for graduate-level candidates interested in a career in consumer products or retail, including working on developing and testing products, marketing them, and creating efficient systems for delivering the products. Research companies as well as job functions within the companies in order to see where your skills and interests will be a good match.

Get Connected:

Follow companies of interest on LinkedIn and do informational interviews with alumni working at those companies. You can connect with alumni via our.northwestern.edu and the Northwestern  University Alumni group on LinkedIn.  It’s also a great idea to join professional organizations in order to network and learn more about the industry. See the main consumer products and retail industry page for a list of professional organizations.

Additional Resources:

To learn more about resources that can help you prepare for a career in consumer products and retail, visit the TGS Career Path page on Advertising, Marketing, and PR, the TGS Career Path page on Industry Research and Engineering, and see the TGS Core Competencies page to learn about resources that can help you build core competencies. 

Common Career Directions for PhDs:

  • Data Analytics
  • Product Research and Development
  • Engineer
  • Market Research
  • Scientific Marketing