Throughout high school you were asked over and over about your plans after graduation. Were you going to college? Travelling? Getting a job?
You stumbled and tripped over words as you attempted to answer the world’s most soul-destroying question.
Until, after months of hunting through college prospectuses, you finally found the answer to all the queries and worries about your future – a degree in fashion marketing.
And three years in you’re still happy with your decision.
But now you’ve noticed that dreaded question popping up in conversation more and more – this time, though, it’s “what are you going to do with your degree, then?” – and once again it’s giving you the fear.
That’s why we’re sharing three career paths your degree will open up. You never know, one of them might just give you a new answer to shut down concerned chats about your future once and for all.
Over the past few years of essaying and researching you’ve been slowly developing stellar communication skills, putting you in the perfect place for launching a career as a fashion journalist.
Writing about trends, runway shows and design, you’ll get to travel and enjoy the glamorous world of fashion.
It’s not an easy industry to break into but there are plenty of ways to get your foot in the door – start your own blog, send entries to your favourite magazines and take advantage of any publishing internships that come your way.
Run a boutique shop
You understand style, you know how to market and sell fashion, you’ve got customer service experience from countless weekend retail jobs – basically, you’ve got all the core skills to set up your own money-spinning boutique clothes shop.
You’ll be responsible for overseeing it all, from buying and merchandising to making sales, but first you’ll need some vital startup cash to get the ball rolling.
Once you’ve scoured online databases of local shops to let and found the perfect place, get your business plan together and explore funding opportunities. As a recent graduate there should be plenty of loans and grants available. If not, there’s always crowdfunding.
Join the world of marketing
Sometimes it really is all in the name, and with a degree in Fashion Marketing it’s not exactly a big leap to start applying for marketing or PR jobs. There are lots of different roles to choose from in the industry, from copywriting to organising PR events like shows and brand launches.
Or you could turn your hand to advertising and an exciting career in creative direction, working behind-the-scenes on shoots and campaigns.
Your degree will stand you in good stead for either but some work experience outside of academia is always advisable – even if you’re just doing coffee runs or basic admin, it’s at least a foot in the door.
All three are dream jobs that will impress anyone nosy enough to keep pestering you about your plans for the future, so start planning now and come graduation you’ll be setting off on an exciting career path.