5 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Fashion Degree
Want to try your hands in the Fashion Industry or Planning to be a Fashion Designer??
No need to worry, this blog would contribute to the decision-making process, thus helping students settle onto an appropriate Fashion Designing Course after 12th. It isn’t for everyone. Here are a few things to consider if you want to be the next star designer.
Moment of truth, being passionate about fashion is not about reading Vogue and owning a Gucci bag. Having a passion means working for free for years before landing into the job that pays off marginally more than the minimum wage. It means to sleep on sofa for years because you spend your savings on the fabric instead of paying the rent while to try to be the next big thing in the fashion industry, but you are expected to dress like a million bucks. How much can you suffer for fashion?
So now you have decided that fashion is your thing. You have the passion and the urge for fashion. Next thing is to look out for the fashion schools that have the best faculty too. Get admission in them as you need to learn the required skills which will get you employed in the future. Look for the following things that do the school have a good reputation? Do the required research on your own and then go for the best one. What will you learn on the course? Is it what you want to do?
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 people through school? Your rock star father? An internship? You’ll need to meet the right people, so think about how you are going to do this.
Now let us look at the course from the employment point of view. With time, some courses could turn obsolete, thus leaving you unemployed. Choose fashion courses that are in demand in the job world. Even if you want to start your own company, you will have to work to get experience. So where can you get a job. Are you willing to move abroad? What jobs are out there? Do you stand a chance to get them?
What does the job entail? Is it something you wanted to do? Conduct some online research or also consult with institutes that offer for course-based job prospects.
It is very much disheartening to look for the plan B option also, but smartness is only in considering the “if’s” also of every opportunity. Ok, so you’ve got your heart set on being the next big hot shot in the industry, and you went to the right school, met the right people, and are in a really good job. But chances are, you may not be the next top designer. You may be a great designer. But no one outside of the company knows who you are. Can you deal with this? You’ll need some serious luck and talent to get higher than that. Or what if a year into your education you decide that a fashion degree isn't for you? Whatever your back-up plan, ensure that it's a solid and obtainable goal.
Fashion industry being highly competitive and potent does not always link with being glamorous and stylish as often thought of. Behind all that is shimmery and shiny, is the reality which requires a lot of hard work and patience too. One should always be on toes for stringent deadlines, last-minute changes and sleepless nights.
To make your place in this evolving industry ‘innovation’ is the key. Staying innovative and developing your critical thinking will help you in sustaining in the long run. Bringing out ideas into realities should be the focus throughout, only then can a prospective fashion designer can evolve as a successful fashion designer.