Saturday, January 8, 2011

So You Want to Work in Fashion..

Some of the questions I receive most via my blog are in relation to working in fashion, going to school for it, and getting an awesome internship. I've created some of my most commonly asked questions & answers and some of my personal experiences. If you have any more questions or advice, feel free to post them in the comments!

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What job opportunities are there in the fashion industry?
A lot of people assume if you want to work in fashion you're limited to fashion design or merchandising, but there are way more opportunities. Consider becoming a stylist, retail store management, visual merchandising, owning your own boutique, public relations, costume designer,magazine editorials, or even doing social media for a fashion company. Here is a great list of job descriptions!

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I need an internship, where do I start?
Narrow down what area of fashion you're most interested in pursuing. First compile a list of companies you'd be interested in working for. Then, send out email inquiries (if there is no internship information on their website) or resumes to the Human Resources contact.  There are great resources at free fashion internshipsthe fashion intern, internships.com, and daily fashion jobs.

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Do I need a degree in fashion?
For a lot of jobs it's not necessary, but it can be useful background knowledge and required for a lot of entry-level positions in a buying or merchandising departments. There are schools like F.I.T.,Parsons, F.I.D.M. in Los Angeles as well as other techinical schools around the country. I opted to do a Fashion Merchandising program at a big university, so I could get the best of both worlds; a college experience and a degree in something I love!

 Even if your school doesn't have a fashion major, Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations are good related fields. It's beneficial to have an understanding of retail and design. Here is a great resource to Learn about Fashion Industry trends.
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What should I do to make myself stand out as a job/intern candidate?
Show your passion and enthusiasm for the fashion industry. I started my blog as my own creative outlet, and it ended up becoming a sort of virtual resume for me; showing my interest in forecasting trends, styling, and writing. Get experience wherever you can, whether volunteering for fashion week events big or small, working part-time for a retail store, or joining a professional organization such as my school's Collegiate Merchandising Association. Network! Network! Network!

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Working in the fashion industry is not as glamorous as it seems, but it definitely has its perks. Going to work every day is so much more enjoyable when you're doing something you love. For me that's being surrounded by clothes, choosing products I know customers will love, and being able to see hard work come to fruition! I can't wait to get started.

What are your questions or advice about working in fashion? My next post will features your tips and answers to your questions. 

xoxo, Lauren

19 comments:

Petite Chic[k] said...

This was so informative! Right now, I'm studying broadcast journalism at a state university but I'm considering doing fashion journalism as well, either photography or magazine editing. My big goal is to host some sort of a fashion segment on a TV news show! Thanks for all the advice :)

mademoisellehannah said...

I love this post. I'm not even sure if I want to work in the fashion industry, but I've dipped my toes in a little bit and it's fun! Best of luck in the next step of your life!

xoxo Hannah

Lauren said...

Great idea to do a post on all you've learned. So many people don't know where to start in order to live their dreams. Great stuff!

jeanine romo said...

Awesome post, Lauren!!

xx,
Jeanine

Taryn said...

this is a wonderfully informative post! now that I'm starting to decide what kind of career I want to pursue and I know that I love fashion it makes complete sense to combine the two in one of these platforms

Artfully Awear said...

Thanks for sharing! :)

fashionforteens said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I just saw your blog on college fashion and I really like it! I'm a sophomore in high school and I recently started my blog. I want to work for a fashion magazine and am thinking of majoring in journalism in college. I was wondering, do you think it matters which one I go to? Do you know which ones are good? ALso, I read that you attended Teen Vogue Fashion U and was wondering how you apply. Do they take everyone? I've always wanted to go to it but I know you have to be 16 and don't know much about it.
Thanks!
Liza

Lena said...

This is of good help for people who are looking for fashion jobs. I have been in the industry only for less than a year and I understand that you need to be passionate and enthusiastic about it. I also think that the experiences you get while looking for a job in the fashion industry are a learning process.

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nicole said...

This was very helpful. I am 23 and I have always had a passion for fashion and have worked in retail since my first job. I thought going to school for biology would be smarter because there are always jobs available in the healthcare field. I'll be graduating in Dec. and now more than ever I want to explore my options in the fashion industry. I would really love to start my ownn online boutique. But have no idea how to start...Any suggestions or advice anyone???

Fashion And Design Jobs said...

In ever-increasing job opportunities, people want to opt for those jobs in which they feel satisfied and which are different from daily work. Nowadays, people are more and more opting with such opportunities where they can earn better than others.

Patricia Najla said...

I am in the same exact boat as you..I want to get into more with the fashion industry but I don't know where to begin..have you got any advice from else where?

Ehzaz Tanoli said...

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Sadarryle said...

YES!!! I graduated December 2011 with my B.S. in Biology and NOW I want a career in fashion. After a year and a half, I am still confused as to how to pursue it. Help!!!

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