UW Oshkosh Career Services Presents: Career Closet
The Career Closet is an on-campus program dedicated to providing professional attire to students, who are preparing for an interview, networking, or participating in an internship where professional attire is needed. Students and recent alumni are asked to schedule an appointment to visit the Career Closet anytime during office hours, making it quick and convenient to pick up clothing free of charge.
Special thanks to our Professional Skills Sponsors for donating:
Special thanks also to these organizations for hosting collection drives:
In kind donations:
- Brooks Brothers
- JC Penny
Students - Accessing the Career Closet & Professional Dress
Attending a networking event, career fair or an interview? Need professional attire to make a great first impression? Career Closet can help!
Check out what some of our employers had to say about the impact of professional dress:
Career Closet is a resource to assist students and recent alumni in putting their best foot forward in making a good first impression. If you are in need of professional attire or accessories call Career Services and schedule an appointment to check out our inventory. Alumni may visit the career closet, as well, up to the beginning of the semester following graduation.
Items you may find in the Career Closet:
- Suits (matching)
- Jackets/Suit Coats - individual
Call the office to schedule an appointment to check out the inventory. Students are allowed to choose up to 4 items from the closet per semester to keep for free.
•Suit: Solid, dark color (gray, black, brown or navy), conservative
•Shirt: Collared and long sleeve, conservative color; Coordinated blouse, long sleeved, conservative neckline
•Tie: Solid, thin striped or small geometric print; bottom of the tie should meet the belt line (How to Tie a Double Windsor Tie)
•Socks: Long, dark socks to match pants
•Shoes: well polished, dark dress shoes to match belt, Polished, closed toe, low heel
•Hair: Neat, professional
•Hosiery: Nylons, dark socks to match pants
•Nails: Manicured, neutral nail polish
•No jewelry except wedding band or watch
•Easy on the aftershave or cologne; limited makeup and perfume
•Portfolio or briefcase
Outfit of the Week
Check back each week to see the new "outfit of the week"! Items featured here will be items that you can find in the Career Closet. Check out our Flickr gallery for more Outfits of the Week!
Outfits of the Week
Below are a few Career Spots videos that will give you a great head start to understanding what professional dress standards are for men and women in the world of work.
There are also similar resources community wide that offer clothing for specific needs.
Visit the Community Clothes Closet at communityclothescloset.org
Employers/Faculty/Staff - Making a Donation
Career Services has a challenge for you! Help us fill our Career Closet!
Donations will be accepted all year! By making a donation you are contributing to the professional development of UW Oshkosh students.
Donations should be contemporary (purchased within 5 years), men's, women's, accessories, etc. Please do not donate shoes as we have inadequate space to handle them.
Items should be dry cleaned or in clean condition when donated.
If your organization is interested in a company wide drive please contact Jodi Carlson (424-2181, email@example.com), Employer Relations Manager in Career Services, to receive a packet of information to get started.
Each company determines a time for their employee’s to bring in donated items and a Career Service’s staff member will pick up the items upon the end of the drive.