You may or may not want to work in Fashion, here's why...
There are positives and negatives to every job that should be considered when looking for your next position. Write out a list of characteristics your dream company would have and try to adhere to them (luxury vs. mass, established vs. startup, etc). After I graduated college, I moved to New York without a job and immediately began interviewing. I didn't want to accept a job at a company I wasn't passionate about, and therefore, wasn't going to take the first offer that came my way if it wasn't right for me. The Fashion Industry is a fabulous industry to work in, but like all industries, it has its pros and cons. Sometimes people think working in fashion is extremely glamorous, but in reality, the glamorous aspects are a small percentage of your role.
- Pros of the Fashion Industry
- Important experience at all levels. This is a fast-paced industry and it's all hands on deck
- Exposure to C-level executives in meetings
- Opportunity to go out into the field, meet designers & learn about their inspiration first-hand
- Interaction with BEAUTIFUL product and extremely creative & dedicated people
- Use both creative & analytical skills (examples below)
- Creative: work with vendors to create exclusive styles or capsule collections
- Analytical: run and analyze reports, use retail math formulas, lots of work in Excel
- Cons of the Fashion Industry
- Long hours
- Low pay
- Can be manual at times depending on your role, but I've spent lots of time moving around samples and steaming
Let me know if there are any aspects of the industry you'd like me to feature in an upcoming post!