Plan Ahead for Your Fashion Career

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 2, 2005

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"I never look back darling. It distracts from the now." Thus speaks Edna, the fabulous fashion designer in The Incredibles. The truth is, however, that fashion design is as much about looking back as looking forward. When planning your fashion career, however, you must always be looking forward.

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Step 1 - Research Careers in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

These days there are few jobs or careers that people stay in for life. If you are planning to invest in an online or conventional degree in fashion, however, you would be wise to be sure that you really want fashion to drive your career. You need to be aware of what is involved in a fashion career, so do some research first. Here are some suggestions:

  • Do as much research as you can about the different fashion careers available;
  • Find a local fashion designer, at a local community or fashion college or in the shopping mall. Ask them what a fashion career is really like;
  • Have a go at some fashion design for yourself. Even if you want a career in fashion merchandising, you will need and in depth understanding of what will sell.


Step 2 - Look at all the Fashion Colleges Available

If you are sure you want a fashion career, you have probably decided which fashion career is for you. You must always remember that whether you end up in fashion design or fashion merchandising, the whole of the fashion business is commerce-led. You must always have a view to what will sell when planning your career and next season's must-haves.

There is plenty of information about different fashion colleges on this site, offering online degrees, conventional degrees, diplomas and certifications in fashion design and fashion merchandising. Do as much research as you can now, and reap the benefits in the future.

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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