Breaking Into the Fashion Industry
How to Land Your Ideal Fashion Job

How to Land Your Ideal Fashion Job

Fashion is a tough and competitive industry that can seem impossible to break into but with some planning and determination it can be one of the most rewarding and creative careers around.

Work in the Fashion Industry

There’s a myriad of roles within the fashion industry ranging from the production side to the creative and design side to the business side. So whether you want to be a fashion designer or a pattern maker or a fashion buyer if you have a passion for fashion you can find a niche that suits your skills, talents and abilities.

To get you thinking here are 20 different jobs for fashionistas to get you thinking: fashion designer, milliner, costume designer, swimwear designer, bridal gown designer, buyer, retail, journalist, photographer, pattern maker, cutter, machinist, stylist, model, model agent, fashion recruitment agent, events management planner, fashion magazine editor, footwear designer and fashion illustrator.

All of these careers need some form of training from TAFEs to private colleges to university educations to start getting the skills you need to start opening doors and building your industry network.

In Australia the main areas for fashion study are in Melbourne and Sydney because that’s where the industry is based. The university courses at RMIT, UTS and CIT in Canberra are usually more for those focusing on becoming a fashion or textile designer and are based around theory and practical.

The TAFE courses are more practical and develop excellent skills in production, design, manufacturing, business development and planning, merchandising and marketing. They range from certificates and diplomas for clothing and textile production and design to millinery and footwear.

There are a range of private colleges offering courses as well and while many are excellent they can be more expensive than the TAFE courses and cover many of the similar topics. Others give you access to skills and experience that are exactly what’s required by certain employers. So do your research so you can make the best decisions for where you want to be.

Win genuine gemstone jewellery in gold with She Inspires! Doing your research before deciding on your course of study is vital but it is the starting that is most important. Sometimes just starting with a taster course is the best option as it lets you get a clearer idea of what you want to be doing.

When you’re studying you need to consider finding the balance of study, work (paid and voluntary) and personal life so you can get the most out the experience. Study environments like universities, colleges and TAFEs can be very creative and offer great opportunities for personal growth. If you’re always dashing off for the next work assignment then you can miss out on having the time and space to let your creative spirit flourish.

Work Experience

Getting work experience within the fashion industry is vital for success. It is a requirement for nearly all courses and all employers look for it. The challenge can be deciding what is the best sort of work experience to get under your belt.

One way to find out what you need is to go through the job advertisement for your ideal fashion industry jobs and list what skills and experience is being requested and viewed favourably. This will show you what is needed to focus on with your choice of work experience opportunities.

As most fashion businesses within Australia are small businesses you’ll find it easier to get access for volunteer work experience as there is always a need for an extra pair of hands.

You can find a range of interesting small and growing businesses being profiled in the media so it is important to read a broad range of publications both online and in print. You can also find a good selection of creative businesses at the local markets like Paddington, The Rocks etc where many small fashion businesses are building a customer base.

Being organised with your planning for education and work experience can make it a lot easier to stay on track when you have a busy schedule. Try having a folder that you can keep all the information together like article clippings about interesting designers and businesses locally and internationally you want to work with, details about courses and classes, magazine subscription details, network contact events and details, design and business ideas, all the little bits of information that comes your way that you need to keep together so you can easily access them again.

By being focused, using your initiative and giving things a go you'll be able to find a way into the industry.



Check Out These Articles!

Check Out These Articles!

Big List of Roles within the Fashion IndustryBig List of Roles within the Fashion IndustryGot a passion for fashion but don't know what's out there? SheInspires has created a great list of over 70 fashion industry jobs for you to check out.

Find out here that there's something for everyone in the fashion industry, just as long as you have that magical ingredient - a total love of fashion!
10 Ways How to Put Yourself Ahead of the Pack in Getting Your Perfect Fashion Job10 Ways How to Put Yourself Ahead of the Pack in Getting Your Perfect Fashion JobShe who has a plan gets her dream. Find out how to make your own fashion career plan to make your own fashion dream come true.
How to Look Great in Upcycled Vintage Fashion!How to Look Great in Upcycled Vintage Fashion!Take a look at these articles whether you are interested in upcycling, vintage fashion, or fashion at all. These interesting blogs have creative clothes, accessories and shoes that will inspire you!

These top 25 blogs for upcycling and vintage fashion will have you updating your wardrobe and saving money at the same time. Find new ideas for how to spice up your style and be eco-friendly. Who knew looking good could be helping the environment at the same time!

Cracking the Fashion Industry Awards From the US to Australia to Europe to AsiaCracking the Fashion Industry Awards From the US to Australia to Europe to AsiaIf you’re a budding fashion designer looking for a break into the $300 billion dollar worldwide fashion industry or you’re just a fashion buff looking to refine your industry knowledge then check out our guide to some of the fashion industry awards from around the world.

Whether it’s casual, costume fashion or couture fashion you’re interested in, we take a look at some of the premier fashion award events the world over.

Online Resources for Starting A BusinessOnline Resources for Starting A BusinessHere you can find a collection of online resources about starting and growing your own business.

Come explore these useful sites and share your own ideas with us too.

7 Top Tips for Looking After Costume Jewellery7 Top Tips for Looking After Costume JewelleryMaking the most of your fashion jewellery!

Here are 7 useful tips for looking after your costume jewellery and enjoying it for years to come.

My Financial FreedomMy Financial FreedomIt's all well and good talking about financial freedom but to get there you have to know what it means to you - what is financial freedom for one is financial security for another and vise-versa.

This practical how-to article helps you understand and define your own experience of financial freedom.

Click Here to See More Articles

Click Here to See More Articles

Search by Keyword

Search by Keyword

Follow on facebook
Follow on Twitter
Copyright © She Inspires Life Bondi Junction, NSW
2009 - 2017