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Explore career paths in retail, sales and consumer goods

A fast pace leads to fast progression for who have got the goods.

Introduction to careers in retail, sales and consumer goods

Retail is one of Australia’s hotbeds of economy, with e-commerce setting the pace for brick-and-mortar stores in recent years.

People who like seeing innovation and change happen fast will enjoy working in retail and consumer goods, where your work is likely to be highly visible quite quickly.

Retail, sales and consumer goods industry overview
Retail, sales and consumer goods industry overview
A fast pace leads to fast progression for graduates who have got the goods.
The big five: an introduction to the main branches of the retail industry
The big five: an introduction to the main branches of the retail industry
The ‘customer-facing’ facet of the retail industry is supported by enormous and complex behind-the-scenes operations, bu…
Career progression pathways in the retail and FMCG industry
Career progression pathways in the retail and FMCG industry
To help you get a sense of how your own career might look, we’ve brought together four of the most common career progres…
Retail, sales and consumer goods industry overview
Retail, sales and consumer goods industry overview
A fast pace leads to fast progression for graduates who have got the goods.
The big five: an introduction to the main branches of the retail industry
The big five: an introduction to the main branches of the retail industry
The ‘customer-facing’ facet of the retail industry is supported by enormous and complex behind-the-scenes operations, bu…
Career progression pathways in the retail and FMCG industry
Career progression pathways in the retail and FMCG industry
To help you get a sense of how your own career might look, we’ve brought together four of the most common career progres…

Career stories

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Retail, sales and consumer goods career stories


Laly Navarro
  • Day in the life

Laly Navarro

Laly Navarro studied ​a Master of Engineering - Manufacturing ​at RMIT University in 2016, and is now a Packaging Team Leader at Carlton & United Breweries.
  • Day in the life

Laly Navarro

Laly Navarro studied ​a Master of Engineering - Manufacturing ​at RMIT University in 2016, and is now a Packaging Team Leader at Carlton & United Breweries.
Coles Graduate profile image - William
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William Lavender

William Lavender studied a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and is now an Express Operations Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

William Lavender

William Lavender studied a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and is now an Express Operations Graduate at Coles.
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Sara Long

Sara Long graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Management) from Monash University in 2020 and is now working as a Foodservice Marketing Graduate at Kraft Heinz.
  • Day in the life

Sara Long

Sara Long graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Management) from Monash University in 2020 and is now working as a Foodservice Marketing Graduate at Kraft Heinz.
Laly Navarro
  • Day in the life

Laly Navarro

Laly Navarro studied ​a Master of Engineering - Manufacturing ​at RMIT University in 2016, and is now a Packaging Team Leader at Carlton & United Breweries.
  • Day in the life

Laly Navarro

Laly Navarro studied ​a Master of Engineering - Manufacturing ​at RMIT University in 2016, and is now a Packaging Team Leader at Carlton & United Breweries.
Coles Graduate profile image - William
  • Day in the life

William Lavender

William Lavender studied a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and is now an Express Operations Graduate at Coles.
  • Day in the life

William Lavender

William Lavender studied a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and is now an Express Operations Graduate at Coles.
graduate-profile-kraft-heinz-sara-long-450x450-2020
  • Day in the life

Sara Long

Sara Long graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Management) from Monash University in 2020 and is now working as a Foodservice Marketing Graduate at Kraft Heinz.
  • Day in the life

Sara Long

Sara Long graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Management) from Monash University in 2020 and is now working as a Foodservice Marketing Graduate at Kraft Heinz.

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Career pathways

This is where the rubber hits the road! Check out if you're inspired by these career pathways in retail, sales and consumer goods?

Some of them are even recruiting students straight out of secondary school. If you like what you see, why not get in touch to learn more!? These employers would love to hear from you!

Related degrees

So you've decided you might like to pursue retail, sales and consumer goods further? Check out these related courses!

While further study is no longer always a prerequisite for a career in retail, sales and consumer goods, some courses can help launch your career to new levels!


Diploma

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Bachelor

Learn how to plan and manage the flow of goods and resources in a global marketplace - add a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Major to your Swinburne Online Bachelor of Business degree.

Bachelor

The Bachelor of Business prepares you for the challenges of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) career by developing key business management skills. As you progress through the ADF, you may be called on to manage the nation's critical security resources, from finances and personnel to aircraft, ships and tanks. You may be involved in business areas such as acquisition and procurement, project management, logistics and the management of people.