Posts Tagged ‘Fashion School’

Fashion Career Advice with Christie Lohr

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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Listen to Christie Lohr’s fashion career journey in this podcast she did with Glam Observer. She gives resume and cover letter tips, how to break into the fashion industry, what fashion employers look for in a job candidate, should you go to fashion school or is getting the fashion experience enough? Listen HERE.

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Fashion Jobs – Why I Decided to go Back to School to Study Fashion

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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When I was a student in high school deciding what field to pursue in post-secondary, I was faced with the tough decision of following my head or my heart. I was a strong student who was interested in science, but also a creative person and an avid reader of fashion magazines, so I was conflicted. In the end, I went with the more academic path and chose to complete a double major in Environmental Science and French Literature.


Thinking that I would end up working at for the government or an environmental non-profit organization, I thought I had everything figured out. Once I graduated, I even managed to find a job in my field after spending a year teaching abroad. However, fast forward six months into my first “adult job” and I remember dreading going to work every morning because I hated it so much. When I sat back and started reflecting on what it was that I was missing in my current position, I realized that I was feeling so trapped because my heart just wasn’t in it. Blame my Millennial upbringing, but I really felt that I needed to be in a job that did more than just pay my bills.


I ended up quitting that job and returning to a part-time sales position where I had worked in retail throughout my university days, and that’s when it hit me. I loved the fast pace, the way that no two days were exactly the same, and (maybe somewhat superficially) the stylish dress code that a career in the fashion industry could offer me.


I started looking up fashion programs in my area and found a one-year postgrad program that specialized in Fashion Management and Promotions. Because this program provided an introduction to every aspect of the industry that I wanted to learn more about, I immediately submit my application and hoped for the best. Two years after I graduated from university, this ended up being the best professional decision I ever made and has led me to where I am today.


I was introduced to all aspects of the fashion industry – everything from buying to marketing to visual merchandising – in the span of one jam-packed school year. I can definitely say that I gained all the foundations for a career in this challenging and competitive field, and had the opportunity to learn from some incredible industry professionals along the way. I also made some amazing connections, allowing me to grow my network as a young professional just beginning my fashion career.


Having recently graduated in April 2017, I know that I still have a long way to go before I can say that I’m fully satisfied with my career path. But I also know that I finally took a leap of faith by following my dreams, and I’m happier now than ever before.


Image Courtesy of Kate Mendonca


By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca