The fashion industry is very competitive. As a result, not everyone will make the cut. This world requires a certain amount of "moxie" in order to make it! In order to make it, there are 3 traits you will need to have a promising and successful career. Let's see what they are!
Fashion is not a career for those who are not prepared "roll up their sleeves". There is a lot of hard work required from the start. You are expected to perform a variety of tasks which, can range from data entry to packing boxes in addition to the standard duties your job description. Many times, your first job in the industry will be in the form of an internship where you will complete tasks related to your career and provide team support. On any given day, I returned samples, pulled color and fabric swatches and made Starbucks runs for clients. Every company is different, but the demands of the job are intense so be prepared!
Brands see potential hires as candidates for "collaboration". They want to know what are you bringing to the table and how are you going to add value to their brand, period. Companies want you to be an innovator of sorts and be proactive in solving challenges without being prompted. This basically means "know what they want BEFORE they want it" and everything that they want now they needed it "yesterday". Try to become a "problem solver" or come up with ways to make life easier for your boss and you're "golden".
LOVE OF LEARNING
The industry is always evolving and you need to keep up! Always ask questions, your bosses will love that! It shows that you are interested and take your work serious which is crucial to making a name for yourself. There are different types of new technology to work with because brands are constantly searching for ways to improve their business model. Whether it is supply chain software like PLM or SAP- ( I will talk more about these things later), to the latest design technology or textile innovations, become the "go to" person. Make it a priority to take continuing education classes independently throughout your career. It will help you to stand out amongst your competition!