Fashion design students looking for jobs in fashion should know that it is not difficult when you have clear objectives and know where you see yourself in the fashion industry.
With our Graduation just a few weeks away our 3rd year fashion design students are busy researching the job market for next year. The Elizabeth Galloway Diploma in Fashion Design exposes students to a host of career possibilities ranging from Designer to Garment Technology and even Fashion Buying. This exposure allows our students the opportunity to set clear goals as to where they see themselves in the Fashion Industry. Once you have defined your career objectives it is easier to target your ideal position.
To target your key position it is important that you:
- Research companies that you admire and where you feel you will fit in
- Establish your career goals
- Know what you are best at
- Start networking to insure success
Third year fashion design student Tiaan Gildenhuys has this to say about his job hunting:
“I started looking & applying for jobs in June this year, but nothing came up. When the Platinum Group came to visit us on campus, I knew that this was the company I wanted to work for. I applied and went for interviews. I researched the company and focused my attention on getting a position with the company. I am happy that I succeed in getting a job at the Platinum Group as trainee designer at Jenni Button Couture.”
Classmate Kirsti Hanna Wever had this to add:
” At the beginning of my final year at Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design it became a reality to me that job hunting was not an easy task. I started researching companies that best suited what I was interested in clothing and narrowed it down to where I thought my style and personality would fit best. The difficult part was going for interviews and trying to explain why I would be better than 200 other applicants. Keeping positive after many “Regret to inform you” letters is the most challenging aspect. Finally I succeed in securing a position as a Co-Assistant Designer for womens wear at ACA JOE. I know this is a great starting point for my career and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.”
To ensure our students succeeded in securing a position we invite key fashion industry representatives on to campus to present their offering. In 2012 HR representatives from Truworths, Foschini, The Platinum Group and Mr Price came to speak about careers in fashion. This is a great way for our students to network and research possible employment.
If you would like to find out more about possible jobs in the fashion industry and how our Diploma in Fashion Design can help you reach your dreams, be sure to visit our stand at the Student EXPO in Cape Town on the 24/25 November and 6/7 December 2012 in Durban.