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5 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Career in Fashion

5 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Career in Fashion

By Alexandra SUHNER ISENBERG

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Anna Wintour is a high school drop out. But I wouldn't suggest going that route if you want to replace her one day. (Photo courtesy of thirdage.com)

[Vancouver], November 16, 2011 - So many people think they want to work in fashion, but it isn't for everyone.

Here are a few things to consider if you think you want to be the next star designer, stylist, or magazine editor.

1. Prospects

Ok, let's think about job prospects here, as fashion is not an art, it is an industry.

Even if you want to start your own company, you will have to work to get experience.

So where can you get a job? Is there a fashion indsutry in your city? Are you willing to move abroad? Can you legally work abroad? What jobs are out there? Do you stand a chance to get them? What does the job entail? Is this something you want to do every day?

2. Education

Ok, you've decided there's a job out there for you, so you need to learn the skills to get employed. What schools do you want to go to? What do they require for entry? Will you be in debt for 50 years after you get your degree? Does the school have a good reputation? Never trust the school or their sales people, do the research on your own. What will you learn on the course? Is it what you want to do? (I'll write more about choosing a fashion design school soon.)

3. Are you connected?

The fashion industry is about who you know, so if you don't know anyone, how will you find them? Will you meet the right poeple through school? Your rock star father? An internship? Working in a bar where all the fashion people hang out? You'll need to meet the right people, so think about how you are going to do this...read the full article


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