Tyrone Lebon for British Vogue

Popular culture often portrays a rather limited view of the fashion world. The reality is, there are opportunities within fashion for everyone – here’s how to get into the industry

Being a designer isn’t the only way to work in fashion. There are a huge number of roles that are vital to keeping the industry running, many of which you may not have even known existed, and that don’t necessarily require a creative brain. These include anything from branding and merchandising to ecommerce, public relations, strategy and trend forecasting. Which means that there are opportunities in this endlessly exciting industry whatever your skill set. Here are our tips for taking your first steps into the fashion business.

What to do

In order to succeed in the industry, it’s vital to stay informed. Whether it’s Balenciaga, JW Anderson or Rejina Pyo, follow the brands you love on social media, and stay curious about new labels rising the ranks. Watch shows in real time, consume as much content as you can on industry sites like The Business of Fashion and Vogue Business – and have opinions.

We’re all different – and in fashion, that’s a great thing. As there are such a wide variety of roles within the industry, employers are seeking an equally wide variety of skills.

That said, digital, video and social media skills are always sought after, plus more general ones like adaptability, communication, problem solving, and ability to work in a team. Our courses can help you brush up on new skills.

It is possible to work in fashion without a degree, but a BA or Masters in a related subject is a massive advantage. Condé Nast College courses like our BA in Fashion Communication and MA in Fashion Media Practice are well-respected across the industry. Find out more here.

Connections matter. As with all Condé Nast College courses, our Fashion Business course provides students with direct access to the industry, including to high profile speakers.

The one-week course provides an expert introduction to the commercial side of fashion, while also connecting you with useful contacts and opportunities to support your next steps. Find out more here.

Whether it’s a paid internship or your own projects, experience is key to getting your foot in the door. Keep an eye open for opportunities on job listings sites, and work your network.

When it comes to securing roles, Condé Nast College students have access to our careers experts, who can offer skills training, support and guidance on all aspects of securing that dream job.

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