|Nottingham Trent Multidisciplinary Master’s||East Midlands||Course|
|Marks and Spencer - Design Graduate Scheme and Fabric Technology Graduate Scheme||London||£23,500 + benefits|
If you are looking at this page then you have some interest in a graduate job in Fashion so it will most likely not come as a surprise to learn that the industry is hyper competitive. Due to the glamour associated with it - it's creative and involves celebrities - the fashion industry gets a large amount of applicants for a small number of vacancies. In order to land one of these vacancies you have to really want to work in fashion, it can't be a passing thought or a "I'll give that a shot" attitude.
Firstly, getting a degree was a good step. Many fashion houses will now not take on a person without a degree and something like an English degree is useful for working your way into a fashion publication.
Despite the glamour, expect to do a lot of hard an unglamorous work to begin with and except it to cost you money. That's right, cost you money. This is one of those industries where there is so much competition that they can make the young interns do everything with very little or no expenses paid. The ethical issues of this are questionable but if you want to get ahead you have to expect that this is a possibility.
To begin with jobs could be everything from proof reading and admin to handing out promotional material on the streets. However, once you prove your dedication and diligence you will soon begin rising up through the ranks. It is a matter of the old foot-in-the-door cliché.
The challenges are getting in and then staying there, managing to stay afloat financially. This requires is tenacity and lots of hard work and if you can pull that off then a job in the fashion industry is by no means an unlikely prospect.
To begin with very little, however after your first few months you can expect quick promotions with significant pay rises.
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