Higher earning potential
In the fiercely competitive worlds of fashion and media, those with the relevant qualifications and experience can go on to find very well paid positions within those industries. For example, an entry-level media manager can expect to earn £30,000 and an average salary working in fashion career is £32,000. Despite the notorious ruthlessness that can be found in both of these respective industries, those who persevere and apply their skills effectively can expect to be well-rewarded. With the right focus and dedication, careers in media or fashion can be truly exciting and fulfilling.
Become part of expanding industries
There have been many unprecedented and disruptive political and social happenings that have made the world feel uncertain over recent years. However, one thing that has not been troubled by these events are the media and fashion sectors. Going from strength to strength, they are experiencing substantial growth and now have a total worth of £1.6 trillion and £1.86 trillion respectively. Modern media has seemingly become as important as the news it reports, and it is also clear that social media platforms have truly taken fashion into the 21st century.
Diverse career options
There are many career avenues for fashion graduates to venture down, including those in visual merchandising, retail buying, and fashion design. Likewise, media graduates can apply with confidence for professional roles in a range of areas such as journalism, publishing, public relations, marketing, and advertising. A degree relevant to the cultural industries offers the benefit of job flexibility and the versatility to explore different roles throughout your career.
Skills and abilities: Artistic and technical skills, with keen sense for colour, texture, etc. Ability to establish and develop fashion trends.
What you’ll be doing: This role is required within a variety of fashion industries, including sportswear, tailoring, etc. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Working to a brief to design garments, producing concept and ‘mood’ boards
- Predicting trends in materials or colour, and estimating manufacture costs
- Designing by hand or computer-aided design (CAD), and manufacturing samples
- Sourcing suppliers, and making presentations to finance or marketing departments
- Supervising production, ensuring designs are accurately reproduced
Career progression:To begin your fashion design career, you’ll usually need to be a graduate of a fashion design course and start as an assistant designer. Experience could lead to positions such as Senior or Head Designer, Design Director, or you may choose to work freelance or launch your own company.
Skills and abilities: Strong creativity and imagination, with decision-making ability. Sales skills, and confidence working with VIP’s. Excellent communication skills and cultural awareness.
What you’ll be doing: This role is required by retail outlets such as department stores and boutiques. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Meeting customers for appointments, understanding their likes, dislikes and budget
- Selecting products or services in line with their taste and demands
- Ensuring unsold goods are returned, and complying with store security procedures
- Meeting individual and team sales targets, and record sales as necessary
Career progression: Experience could lead to a managerial or stylist position; however, you may also decide to start your own business or work freelance for a number of shops.
Skills and abilities: Able to regularly produce creative and informed content. Excellent communication skills, and confidence in delivery of opinions. IT literacy, with strong analytical skills and organisation.
What you’ll be doing: There are various popular blog categories, such as sports, travel, fashion, lifestyle, music, photography, celebrity news, and crafts. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Researching, conceptualising, and pitching original blog ideas
- Writing and editing content, implementing SEO terms
- Promoting the blog via social media and other platforms, to engage audience
- Using content management and analytical software, and social media platforms
- Consulting marketing, web design, video and picture editing, and other departments
- Adhering to style guidelines, and incorporating feedback from other departments
- Maintaining up-to-date industry knowledge
Career progression: You may choose to move into copywriting or marketing. You could also manage a team of blog writers, or become Head of Content. Alternatively, you may decide to work freelance, or produce your own blog.
Skills and abilities: Mathematical skills, with strong measuring judgement. A firm sense of shape, proportion, and detail. Technical drawing skills, with ability to interpret work of others.
What you’ll be doing: This role is required within different areas of the fashion industry, including the mass market, tailoring, etc. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Pattern drafting, shaping and pinning material to correctly fit the pattern
- Arranging or altering pattern ‘blocks’ into a style
- Co-operating with machinists to produce clothing pattern samples
- Using both hand drawing and computer-aided design (CAD) to design some patterns
- Working within a team to produce the final pattern
Career progression: Options for progression include Head Pattern Cutter or, with experience and training, Fashion Designer or Buyer.
Skills and abilities: Excellent financial skills, with very good negotiating. Leadership and managerial skills, with networking ability.
What you’ll be doing: The role of purchasing can be of importance to a wide variety of companies, businesses, and organisations where the acquisition of goods and services is needed. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Making decisions on the types and number of goods and services needed
- Monitoring and forecasting stock levels, sourcing new products and suppliers
- Negotiating prices, agreeing contracts, and staying up-to-date with market trends
- Training staff regarding purchase activity or specific purchasing functions
Career progression: You may begin as a trainee, purchasing executive, or purchasing assistant. With experience, you may become purchasing supervisor, purchasing director or head of procurement. You may choose to earn a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
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