Advice for recent fashion graduates

With graduation season in full bloom, I’m sure the nerves of finally getting to the real world are kicking in. A lot of you are probably wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make it in the fashion world and others are probably certain you will make it. Looking back on it, these are the 5 pieces of advice I wish I had gotten when I first graduated:

1.Network, network, network!!!

Fashion is all about who you know, in fact anything in life is. The best way to get a job nowadays is through personal connections or referrals. Even if you don’t think the person you’re meeting is important to your future now, you may find that one day they could help you get a leg up in the business. Always be professional and always make a good impression – you don’t know where it’ll take you.

2. Communication skills are key

Being shy is not an option, especially in an industry like fashion. Being passionate isn’t enough if you can’t express that passion to others. Remember this is a creative industry so you have to be able to express what you represent and how you’re different. You need to sell yourself and your point of view.

3. Intern

Take every opportunity that is presented to you. If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot of stuff – even if is how not to behave! If you think there aren’t any opportunities around you, make them. Open your own doors, make your own opportunities. In a world where social media is key to our lives, that’s a great way to make connections.

4. Be creative with your resume

Think outside the box! These people reading your resume have read hundreds of resumes, so make sure yours stands out. Keep it short but keep it interesting. List the things you think will help differentiate you. And be sure to address the qualifications required for the position in your resume – it is possible that you will need to alter your resume for each job you apply for!

5. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses

This is key and something you have to work at. If you’re not great at something say you’re willing to learn but don’t lie and say you can do it. Always spin your weaknesses into positives and highlight your strengths. This way any job interview will be easy for you.

“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock” -Tony Gaskins
Good luck!!!