Alumni Stories

Carissa Cichacki

Fashion Marketing & Management

Retail Allocator, Skechers USA
The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Ai Orange County alumni

I have been commended on being organized and detail-oriented. Group projects in school mimic the corporate world very well. Carissa Cichacki , Retail Allocator, Skechers USA Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing & Management, 2016 , The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Balances Store Inventory for Skechers USA

Carissa Cichacki is a retail allocator for Sketchers USA, responsible for balancing store inventory. “I report to my manager for shipping direction, then run and analyze reports. I have targets to hit by certain times in the day and if I can’t hit the number goals, I consult with my manager for a new strategy,” she says.

Carissa adds that the fashion industry can be intense. “Be a team player as much as you are independent—but remain patient and ask for help when you need it.” She’s excited to have been offered a promotion at Sketchers after only seven months with the company. “I made connections, remained honest, and gave 110% every day to get this position.” Carissa mentions that while marketing herself is outside of her comfort zone, it’s an invaluable tool to get ahead. “I consistently ask for more responsibility. When my department asks for feedback and strategies, I speak up, even if they don’t like what I have to say.” She adds that she’s constantly learning—including taking on advanced Excel in her current position. “I stayed calm, asked lots of questions, took notes, and eventually figured it out. I am now one of the most proficient people in my department when it comes to Excel.”

Carissa, who in 2016 earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing & Management from The Art Institute of California—Orange County, says that the projects she worked on in school prepared her for the demanding deadlines of the industry. “I have been commended on being organized and detail-oriented. Group projects in school mimic the corporate world very well.” Today, she’s excited to be in a job where she’ll voluntarily stay for overtime to meet the company’s goals. “I’ve had the opportunity to share creative strategies that are making the department more efficient. I have also had the chance to improve our marketing emails through analysis and design directive.”