Many of these skills you will have developed whilst studying at university. Take the time to look through the list and try to think of an occasion when you have demonstrated these skills. Try to identify your weaknesses and consider how you might improve your profile. Using the STAR structure will help you to reflect upon, identify and provide evidence for the whole range of skills you will have developed throughout your time at university, including work experiences such as internships, placements and voluntary or paid part-time work.
Fashion designers are employed within a variety of settings such as:
- high street fashion - this is where the majority of designers work and where garments are mass manufactured (often in Europe or East Asia). Buying patterns, seasonal trends and celebrity catwalk influences play a key role in this design process. It is a commercial area and heavily media led
- ready-to-wear, also known as prêt-à-porter - where established designers create ready-to-wear collections, produced in relatively small numbers
- haute couture - requires large amounts of time spent on the production of one-off garments for the catwalk, which are often not practical to wear. Designs are usually created to endorse the brand and create a 'look'. (Prospects, 2015)
You find profiles on the broad range of job roles in the fashion industry through Creative Skillset
Graduates also use their transferable skills to work outside of the fashion design industry in roles such as marketing, visual merchandising, retail management, event organising, creative design and public relations.