Mix and Match For the Right Fashion Career


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by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

April 25, 2005


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Not all of us are blessed with enough creative talent to be a fashion designer. But if you live for fashion, it can still shape your career. Most jobs in fashion require knowledge of trends, textiles, colors, and marketing, but at least a wrong stitch won't see you come undone.

Wood Tobé-Coburn School has a reputation for preparing high school graduates for real jobs, in the real world, in no time flat.

What Other Jobs Are Available in Fashion?

Do you have an unerring instinct for fashion and a sixth sense about future trends? You can use this talent to shape a range of well-paid jobs in fashion without qualifying in fashion design. Here are some alternative fashion careers:
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Retail

These fashion careers mix and match different skills, but a passion for fashion lies at the heart of all of them.

Fashion Merchandising Schools

A fashion career will almost definitely require a college education, and fashion merchandising schools are the best place to start. Only Rachel from Friends could end up in Ralph Lauren by serving coffee and meeting guys.

An online degree from fashion merchandising school can help you adapt an existing career. If you are working in retail and demonstrate a flair for buying fashion, an online degree or certificate from fashion merchandising school could take your career to a new level. A journalist keen to move into fashion reporting can speed up the process by attending fashion merchandising school.

Fashion merchandising school can redirect an existing marketing career. Alternatively, if you have qualified as a fashion designer but want a change of direction, you could always gain a certificate from fashion merchandising school.

All of these fascinating jobs in fashion require research. Mix and match to find the program that fits you.

About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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