Marissa Dobbins ’06
Fashion and Retail Merchandising major
Associate Buyer, NBC Retail Operations
EXPERIENCE AT LASELL:
I worked as a manager at a retail store while I was attending Lasell. I loved being able to take what I was learning in my courses and immediately apply it to real life. If we learned some new calculations in class, I could instantly use them to determine sales margins; or we’d talk about merchandising, and I’d use the principles we discussed to re-work my window displays. That just shows how practical and connected to the real world a Lasell education is.
EXPERIENCES FOLLOWING LASELL:
After I graduated, I went to work as a merchandise controller for TJX Corporation. I later moved to the TJX home office to work in their buying program. Then, at NBC, I started as a merchandise assistant. Because I had to do a lot of analysis of sales and inventory levels, I used a lot of the math skills I learned at Lasell—which, in my program, were very specific and tailored to retail.
I’m now working as an associate buyer, where about 80 percent of my job is to project what styles are going to catch on and sell. My textile and fashion history courses, which were some of my favorites at Lasell, are certainly useful as we analyze evolving trends, pick out appropriate fabrics and determine what will sell. I’m here because of the foundation I got at Lasell.