Are you a budding fashionista? Do you want to pursue a career in the fashion industry? This guide will provide you with prospective jobs that could shape your future. If you have a passion for fashion, you will no doubt experience a rush of excitement when reading these creative career opportunities.
If you are a dedicated follower of fashion then there are a number of routes into the industry for those with limited experience. Desperate to get your beautifully heeled foot in the door? Here’s how…
Retail Sales Assistant
If you have little experience within the fashion industry, working in retail is a great way to start. As a sales assistant you will be exposed to many aspects of the trade including buying, styling and customer service. Although it’s not as exhilarating as working on shows at London Fashion Week, you will be surrounded by clothes and accessories – a shopaholic’s dream!
A background in retail can really help kick-start your career when trying to pursue fashion-related jobs. However, if you find that you take to retail with real relish, why not build a successful career in the industry? Work your way up the chain and progress from a sales assistant to a more senior role in management. If you’re thinking of seeking a career within the industry, retail recruitment can be an excellent stepping stone.
If you have a keen eye as well as an interest and unique approach to presentation, a visual merchandiser role is right up your street. As a visual merchandiser you will use your creative flair to design eye-catching window displays and adorn mannequins in enticing ensembles.
In order to become a visual merchandiser, a degree in the creative arts is often required. Any previous experience within retail will help, so, if you’re currently undertaking a fashion-related degree, try pursuing part-time employment within retail to enhance your visual merchandiser application. Not only will you have relevant experience, you’ll also have a bit of extra cash to spend on your next shopping spree!
This really does sound like a dream job – shopping for a living! If you’re constantly up-to-date on the latest fashion trends and fancy yourself as the next Gok Wan, you might want to look into becoming a personal shopper.
As a personal shopper, you need to bridge the gap between a client and their wardrobe, from gauging fit to developing ensembles that work for them – it is most important to have an understanding of the client’s personal style or perhaps help them identify their own.
A personal shopper should provide their clients with the know-how they need to dress themselves in a stylish manner. Fancy yourself as a personal shopper?
Do you aspire to write for a reputable fashion blog? Would it be your fantasy to interview a high-end designer? Well, perhaps reading this article is the first step in fulfilling your literary dreams.
If you love writing, why not try searching for opportunities with a local fashion magazine or a favourite fashion blog? Whilst these opportunities may not be paid, they will open a can of worms in terms of experience. Experience is crucial to this type of industry; if you haven’t got experience, you really do have your work cut out for you.
From writing and editing features to producing trend reports and conducting interviews, fashion writers can do anything; there is no limit to a fashion writer’s role.
One way to dip your toe into this field is to pursue freelance work. Media outlets now heavily rely on freelancers due to staff cuts. The education of a fashion writer may include a journalism degree, with some previous fashion background or experience.
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