Sorry for the lack of posting, I have been super busy getting back into the swing of things at University, but I am back and have a few posts lined up!
At the beginning of term 2, Fashion Society organised a seminar with two alumni who now work at Luxury Fashion Brand Burberry. I was super excited for this seminar because I needed some inspiration about what I wanted to do in the fashion industry. The two alumni worked in Burberry’s London Showroom as a specialist and assistant. What surprised me most was that Burberry was their first job outside of University, and the idea that that is possible is very exciting to me.
Working in the showroom involves a lot of organisation: displaying new lines, keeping the showroom presentable, greeting buyers etc. Creating the best experience for buyers was intriguing, as international buyers would come and see what products would do best in their individual countries. The idea that what is popular in fashion varies across the world is exciting, and to be able to see that within a job is fascinating. The alumni talked about how their job enabled them to see what the latest trends were as well as what the upcoming trends are.
In Burberry’s London HQ, there isn’t just the showroom. Their two buildings have a range of teams within it: marketing; press; ECOMM; VIP; brand protection, and so many more. (Apparently, the Christmas parties are incredible). This just gives an idea of how many jobs there are within the industry itself, making it very hard to actually decide what I want to do, but eventually, I will get there.
What I really wanted to know was how the alumni got a job with a Luxury Brand straight out of University. Well, what is most important is work experience. Surprisingly, a degree doesn’t really count for much (of course it does help), but experience within the field (or any), as well as internships and short courses about fashion really helped these alumni during the interview process. This motivated me to get some summer work experience so fingers crossed that all works out!
Working with Luxury Brands sounds up my street, but of course, I will look more into the different fields of the industry, because there are so many! I am super excited to see where my career takes me, and I hope I love my job as much as the alumni do.
(You also get a sick discount).