Not all EGAFD students wish to start their working careers immediately upon graduation, but of those who do, 100% find employment.
Starting from the second year, students are trained to compile Curricula Vitae and portfolios. The Academy also co-operates closely with industry role players to prepare graduates for job hunting in the real world, inter alia by organizing mock interviews to acquaint them with the type of questions they will be asked when applying for a position.
But how does one go about finding work in fashion if one has taken a gap year, or works in a different field?
Nowadays the internet is the preferred source of current information, and this holds true for jobs as well.
Most companies have websites, and those of Edcon, Foschini, Mr Price, Truworths and Woolworths all include career sections.
Online recruitment agencies specializing in connecting jobseekers with potential employers abound, both in South Africa and overseas. A Google search with the term “Fashion Job searches” led to among others Careers24.com, Bestjobs.co.za, Careerjunction.co.za, Indeed.co.za, and Jobs.co.za. Clicking on Jobs in Fashion – careers24.com produced 210 results, ranging from store manager, CAD artist, marketing manager, CMT coordinator & merchandise planner, fashion handbag designer, sales representative, and children’s wear buyer, to social media specialist, fashion design intern etc., etc.
It is also possible to register with these agencies. They will then either forward your CV to recruiters, or inform you of suitable vacancies to apply for.
Some such as Careers24 has gone further by introducing a free app, turning smartphones into in-your-pocket job hunting tools. This app informs you by e-mail when job that meets your criteria is advertised.
The long and short of it is, a career in fashion is within your reach. Just log on….