Wanting to get into the fashion industry, but have no idea how you’re going to get there? Check out these easy steps that could give you the head start you need!
Firstly, you need to think about the type of career you want in fashion
Do you want to become a stylist, a designer or a fashion journalist? Possibly a buyer or merchandiser? Or is retail your scene? Do you perhaps want to become an editor?
Employers want experience so show them! Impress them with internships you have undertaken and committed yourself to. Start by researching about different companies you might want to pursue a career with. This could be anything from head office placements to working in-store. Working in head office is exciting; you could end up assisting the marketing team for your favourite high street or luxury brand.
In-store experience is great way to get your foot in the door, so why not shadow a personal shopper in Debenhams or help merchandise the latest trend in Topshop? All these little factors will look amazing on your CV. Once you’ve established a company that you like the look of, send over your CV along with a cover letter introducing yourself.
Stand out from the crowd
If you’re a creative fashion designer and bursting with new ideas, show off your talents and passions through a portfolio. Employers are always keen to look at new designs, so make sure your portfolio stands out! If you’re a passionate fashion writer, create a blog! You can then wow your employees with your dedication, hard work and fashion awareness.
Studying a fashion related course is always going to be a bonus, especially as most of them offer work placements as part of the course. This could be ideal for you if you’re a school leaver or even looking to further your education. Don’t panic if you don’t have the time to study, instead of taking a full time course why not undergo a short course!
The Fashion Retail Academy
The academy is great to develop skills and experience, training people aged 16 plus. There are so many courses to choose from, so check out their website!
London College of Fashion
The London College of Fashion is an ideal place to study. It’s a “leading global provider of fashion, education research and consultancy”.
Check out there website for an excellent variety of courses.
There are many more course’s worldwide, so please look into a college near you and see what they can offer!
Hints & Tips
- Get your head stuck in a Vogue magazine and keep up to date with the latest trends
- If an employer doesn’t email you back, call them! It’s never a bad thing to look keen!
- Be yourself, you can’t beat that. If you want it badly and work hard you’ll achieve your goals.
Good luck in your search for a career in fashion and follow your dreams!
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