What do fashion students do after graduation?
What do fashion students after graduation? “What can I do with my Fashion degree?”
Almost 80% of fashion graduates are in employment six months after graduating.
A the the end of the year The Fashion Design Studio from Sydney, puts on its annual fashion show. Of all of the upcoming graduates, only 20 are hand-picked to present their final collections in front of parents, teachers, fashion students, bloggers, a selection of employers and even the media.
StudioMOR + Photographer Romauldo Nubla was honored to take shots of graduate’s runway backstage and students together with their models.
Aside from being extremely impressed by the FDS graduates’ talent, we picked up plenty of tips about getting your foot in the door right after graduation.
Without further ado, here’s what you need to know to get a job in fashion after school or what do fashion students after graduation.
Take the time to learn the market.
When you’re showing your portfolio and completed designs to employers, they’ll likely ask you what your price points are, as well as where you see your pieces being sold – essentially, who’s your “brand” or “style” competition? Even if they seem strange first, you should have answers for all of these things—no one will scoff at you if you say you see your collection sharing a rack with Ellery or Dior. Take the time to learn about the entire market, from mass retailers to luxury. The business of fashion seems to be a big disconnect among students, and a little bit of research can help you to get ahead.
Learn who is your possible employers
Employers within the fashion industry range from top designers in well-established studios to high street retail outlets, supermarket clothing labels, textile design studios and manufacturing operations. Each of these offers different employment opportunities such as design work, creation, buying, marketing and PR.
Consider other less obvious areas, too, such as costume design within the television and film industry, advertising, the fashion media, and internet companies.
Recruiters may attend graduate shows at fashion desigh schools and snap up the most talented designers there. Employers often fill junior posts by contacting tutors and university careers services.
NOTE: Recruitment may also be done through niche agencies, online ( check large brands websites like Pacific Brands in Australia ) and the media, including Facebook.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Fashion designer;
- Retail buyer;
- Retail manager;
- Retail merchandiser;
- Textile designer ; read here about Textile Designs
- Visual merchandiser;
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
- Clothing/textile technologist;
- Event organiser;
- Jewellery designer;
- Newspaper journalist;
- Public relations in fashion company;
- Fashion Blogger; read here How to become the Blogger
- Social Media Manager;
Show future employers your full body of work.
When applying for jobs out of school, think beyond just your resume. During your degree you develop a range of practical fashion design skills, including:
- illustration techniques; read here about Fashion Illustrators
- technical drawing;
- pattern cutting and draping techniques;
- the use of digital technology in fashion;
- social media skills;
You also gained an understanding of fashion trends, consumer lifestyle, brand and market awareness, marketing and enterprise. In addition to this, you developed a range of transferable skills, including visual and oral communication, and teamwork and collaboration.
Portfolio presentation are also important. The portfolio that you will have started during your degree is the most vital tool you have in your search for a job in fashion. Your book should contain your coursework as a starting point but should also be continually developed. It should contain themed collections of garments. It is your best chance to show your practical skills and impress upon a potential employer your natural creativity and flair. Your collection, your sketches, your inspirations, your doodles, your instagram, your photoshoots —every job interview you will go on is going to be different, and you have to tailor your story according to a job description.
You have all of these resources—things you’ve already done—to make a personalized portfolio for job interviews. It’s a key for the future.
Models and Graduate Designers from the Fashion Design Studio.
THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX!
Check www.starnow.com.au for creative projects if you need to build your confidence on the market or explore new venues like TV, shows, video productions to use your creative skills. You may not get paid in beginning but you may open a new and exiting doors!
Know how to market yourself.
This probably goes without saying, but if you don’t sell yourself, nobody is going to do it for you. Everything from the hangers your collection is shown on to your business cards and your hang tags should have your personal stamp on it. In addition, you should be able to sell yourself (and, in turn, your own brand) to anyone and everyone you meet.
Think outside of the box when it comes to applying for jobs and not everyone needs couture designer.
Take advantage of the recruiters at your school, as well as your teachers who likely have deep ties within the fashion industry. That said, be prepared—you may not get your “dream job” right away. Researching different sectors of the market like the rapidly growing activewear sector for example can lead you to fantastic opportunities at brands like Lorna James.
Also, mass market retailers or vendors heavily recruit fashion students every year, having own mass market mainstream labels – and who are probably looking for help. Starting at a small company as opposed to a corporation can give you an opportunity to get one-on-one experience with a designer right after school. Most importantly, keep an open mind. Even if you think a company’s not right for you, go and interview with them—you never know
Network, Network, Network and Social Media Power.
Try to develop contacts with individuals from all aspects of Fashion Industry including models, photographers, other designers etc. Create your own network. Use facebook fun pagers, Instagram and Tumbler to connect with peers and influences of the fashion industry. Connect to fashion bloggers and Creative groups. Collaborate with aspiring models and photographers.
Check www.starnow.com.au for creative projects.
Don’t be shy.
Have an editor or designer that you admire? Just go for it and email them your work and ask him or her to coffee. Fashion people are not as scary as they seem—we promise. Make those phone calls, be fearless. You’d be amazed at how many students get a job just by making a call and having an online meeting.
The Golden Rule: Intern, Intern, Intern.
No matter how impressive your graduation collection, sketchbook and portfolio are, you’re going to have a very hard time getting hired if you don’t have at least one solid internship on your resume. The hands-on, real-life experience that working in the trenches with a team will give you is something that cannot be taught or fully grasped in school alone.
Get as much experience as you can, as an intern, and be fantastic intern: work hard, be enthusiastic, be responsible, be pleasant and listen. Think about getting a short (but intense) Fashion Week or market week internship with a designer. You’ll learn more in a month (or less) than you could possibly imagine. Most gigs in this industry are passed along through word-of-mouth, so getting in there and impressing someone as an intern is crucial in the beginning of your career.
And the final : Your want to build your own brand?
Work in a fashion company for a few years, and then you will be ready to start a fashion brand. I can’t explain the step by step to building a fashion brand, because it is a HUGE undertaking. Do you think Marc Jacobs just decided one day to start a fashion brand and he was famous two weeks later? No. Did he throw a party and then call himself a designer? No. He went to Parsons, then he worked, THEN he started his own brand successfully.