How To Get Started In Fashion Design Careers

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It's not easy to break into the world of professional fashion. There's a lot of competition for jobs, and many, many people are working hard trying to come up with the next big sensation. Still, there are several practical things you can do to improve your chances of earning a good living in fashion design.

The first thing you'll want to do is earn a Bachelor's of Arts degree in fashion design at an accredited college or university. You can get by with an associate's degree only, but a bachelor's degree will make you more competitive. (It's not a bad idea to earn a master's degree in fine arts.) Take advantage of as many volunteer positions, summer internships and paid positions as you can during your undergraduate year. Just don't take so many positions that you spread yourself too thin and can't produce the best results you possibly can. You never know when an internship or a summer job could result in an offer for a full-time position when you graduate. You'll also build up your portfolio, your network of contacts and references, your skills, and-not least-your level of confidence. When you have lots of varied experiences in the professional world as a student you begin to realize what kinds of places you'd best fit into and would be happiest working at.

When you do graduate, take whatever entry-level position you can get, even if it's only part-time work. (You can always make ends meet by finding some other kind of work on the side: working at a restaurant, babysitting, whatever it takes.) Then work as hard as you can, listen carefully and follow all of your supervisor's instructions carefully, and impress your bosses so much that they'll offer you a full-time position whenever one opens up. This is a time of your life when you have to be tenacious and persistent. Don't give up. It might be hard to find employment, but keep sending out three to five resumes every day until you've landed that first job.

It's also imperative you keep working on your portfolio. From the time you start college, all the way through your professional career, keep choosing the pieces you're proudest of and that best represent your sense of style. Your portfolio is as important to your career as a resume is to many other professionals. It's a good idea to maintain both a physical portfolio and a digital one, by the way. And if you're unsure about which pieces to include in your portfolio, consult with your college academic advisor, or with a professional whom you know well and trust.

As with any career, it's a good idea to set specific long-term career goals for yourself, and then some intermediate goals, so you know you're making progress. And write those goals out so you can take them out and look at them from time to time; this is a great motivational tool.
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This article was published on 2011/02/10