Working In Fashion

There are many different kinds of fashion jobs and in the UK around 160,000 people work in the general fashion sector, of which 20,000 or so are involved in fashion design. Here is a rundown of the kinds of fashion jobs that you might consider.

The fashion industry is highly competitive, fast paced, flamboyant, and occasionally glamorous; in popular media it is often portrayed as being cut throat too; certainly the fashion scene is not the most sympathetic as evidenced by Meryl Streep’s role in The Devil Wears Prada.

Whatever fashion sector you would like to work in, the prerequisite is that you have a love of clothes, glamour and beauty, but there are other things that recruiters are looking for too. One positive aspect is that there are always jobs in fashion whatever the state of the economy. People with technical skills, for instance garment technologists, are particularly in demand and competition is less intense that in the various areas of design where there are generally a surfeit of applicants.

If you are looking towards a design role then you will need to have some excellent examples of your work which must be up to date and recent; those you really succeed in fashion are those who are able to spot the next major trend, so your work really need to demonstrate this capability and should be individual and have a touch of the avant garde.


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It also pays to be flexible, approachable and willing to listen to new ideas; you also need to be a team player, hard working and enthusiastic. Competition for the best jobs is tough, so it is important for job applicants to be able to demonstrate their special selling points; how they differentiate themselves and stand out from the rest of the crowd.

With so many young fashion graduates coming onto the jobs market every year not everybody is able to find work in their preferred area. Only 70 percent of last year’s fashion graduates were able to find a job in fashion within their first six months of graduating and most were jobs in London; 30 percent of the jobs were in fashion retail and there was a similar number in art and design.

The kinds of fashion jobs are far ranging. Although fashion and textile design tends to be the first choice, other options are working in costume design for movies, the theatre and television. Retail fashion jobs include buyers, merchandising and management; store display is another important field. A surprising number of graduates opted to become self employed, sometimes combining selling clothes on market stalls and publishing fashion blogs.

This is a guest post by Adam a new Londoner, who has interests in recruitment, all things techy, a passion for travel and a love of fashion. He blogs about recruitment, travel and IT/technology as well as latest trends in mens and womens fashion. If you want Adam to write you specific content, feel free to message me on Twitter (@NewburyNewbie).

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