Top Fashion Merchandising Program Mistakes


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May 7, 2007

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If you're planning on committing time, energy, and money to a fashion merchandising school, it's important that you do it right.

The sheer number of fashion merchandising schools and variety of programs, concentrations, and requirements can make finding the right school a bit arduous. Check out these top mistakes students make in the first months of the process.

Mistake #1: Picking a program without researching first.
It might make sense to enroll in the closest fashion merchandising program to your home or town, but making a choice simply based on location could mean missing out on programs better designed with your needs in mind. Look for schools with courses that fit your time schedule, and consider online programs that allow you to study on your time.

Mistake #2: Trying to pay for it all by your self.
Any educational program will likely be a financial commitment, but you may be able to lighten the load with federal, state, and institutional grants, loans, and scholarships. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to learn your Federal loan and grant options. You may be eligible for grant money that never has to be repaid.

Mistake #3: Narrowing your educational options too early.
Typical fashion merchandising programs will include courses ranging from accessories sales, to textile and fabric purchasing, to cultural merchandising, and more. Before you choose a specific fashion merchandising focus, be sure you've sampled the course offerings. You may be surprised by a fascinating course that changes your whole focus.

Your educational program offers a time to find your personal strengths as you map out the future of your career. Enjoy the learning process, and you'll get the most out of your education.

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