If you’re at a point in your life where you’re looking at the next steps to take in your career, it’s likely that you’ve thought long and hard about what you want to do, what will make you happy, and what will provide you with the lifestyle that you desire.
Whether you’re just out of university, or you’re looking to change your career after 15 years in a completely different industry, one thing that you all have in common is that you’re passionate about fashion. That’s often the easy part to define. It’s working out where specifically to work in fashion and where to start that’s often the tricky part…
Making a start…
Before you start to look at routes into the fashion industry, the first step is to define exactly which area of fashion you want to work in. Potential areas include:
– Design, graphic design, retail, marketing, styling, photography, customer service, fashion buying and fashion journalism.
You might already have a clear idea on which area of fashion you want to get into. Or you might not be sure which is the right direction for you. If you’re keen to work in fashion, it’s likely there are certain areas that will suit you more than others.
Determine which area of fashion you want to work in, by doing the following things:
– Make a list of your skills. Compare these to the roles you are interested in
– Once you have a list of 2-3 areas you might like to work in, do some additional research. This will help you understand the day to day work, salary and lifestyles
– Finally, if you can, get in touch with someone in a similar line of work. There’s nothing better than speaking to someone who has first hand experience.
The route forward…
Once you know exactly which area of fashion you want to get into, you can now decide on the best way forward for you. The first thing that springs to mind is education, but university and other types of further education isn’t always right for everyone.
You may want to consider internships, or apprenticeships instead. The benefit of internships and apprenticeships is that you may have a job waiting for you at the end of your training. Internships don’t always guarantee a permanent role, but the recruitment process can be expensive. This means that if companies have a good candidate in front of them who already knows the company well, it’s likely they will offer you a job if you impress, and if they have an opening.
Apprenticeships have a clear structure. You can often also study for a degree as part of your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships pay the national minimum wage. You should be provided with a detailed training plan, the opportunity to study, and mentoring.
While internships should pay the minimum wage, this isn’t always the case. Internships can last from just a few weeks to a few months. Although there is no guarantee of a job at the end.
Whether you decide to go to university or to work as an intern or an apprentice, having a clear idea of what is is you want to do and a good understanding of your skill set will help you secure your position. This is the first step to starting your career.
If you have recently graduated, or you are looking for a new role, check our current opportunities page here:http://retailexecutives.co.uk/current-and-future-opportunities/