After an exhaustive back and forth, lots of research, sleepless nights, arguments with myself, anxiety with indecisiveness I have finally (I think) decided what I want to do when I leave university…
…Both! The answer was in front of my face the entire time! Luckily with my two chosen careers, I should be able to do both at the same time. How you ask? I could get a 9-to-5 job as an assistant designer/trend forecaster and do freelance fashion journalism on the side. Through my research on my blog and from previous research in Professional Studies, I’ve discovered that 80% of writers/journalists today actually work from home on freelance duties. This is perfect for me because I will still be able to have my dream career and not have to move far away from my caring responsibilities. The only variable in this plan is if I cannot find an assistant designer/assistant trend forecasting job close to home, but as soon as I can learn to drive, I hoping that my ability to commute will open my net further.
I will be focusing my attention on finding designer/trend forecasting jobs in the North East area for now, but hopefully in the long term I’ll be able to branch out and move away. I’ve always wanted to travel and having this job will allow me to experience amazing things.
As long as I have a laptop, I should be able to work as a freelance journalist. I’m going to start off slow and small by either volunteer work or internships, for example, handling social media for fashion brands. This will give me more experience in writing which will benefit me in finding a better job. I’m also going to keep up with this blog because many fashion journalists got their big break by being found on their blogs.
Now that I have identified my career path, I feel a lot more confident in leaving university and I have this module to thank for that. I’m very glad we had this module because it has allowed me to gain knowledge while I still have my tutors to ask for advice from.
Due to the fact I lost my memory stick that had a great deal of work completing for my portfolio (including my FMP range plan, all my illustrations re done, re edited photoshoots, re edited garment range plans) I have had to pick and chose my battles. Unfortunately, because I spent so much time perfecting my portfolio over the holidays, I wanted to focus on everything else this week. Well now I’m behind on everything so that means my portfolio will suffer. For now, I have placed my old work into it so the examiner can see my layout, but I would just like to note that I will re do all the work that is not of a par, which includes some illustrations, range plans and photoshoots. If I have time before the deadline, I will try and catch up, but I doubt I will have time.
Hopefully I can find my memory stick before GFW so all the work I slaved away for can be showcased there. However, I know at this level, my portfolio is not good enough to go to GFW. I am hoping I may be able to edit my portfolio to make it good enough to go.
Here is one of my final cover letters. I wanted to keep it in the same style and layout as my CV because it makes it look more uniform and professional. I found it difficult to put into words what I was trying to say in my cover letter, so I may have to re-work it slightly. I’ve also created it quite broadly so I can edit and tailor it to what the job is needed.
Hopefully if I have time, I can play around with layouts and use my alternative logo, but as I’ve had to re do a lot of my work, I’m not sure I can.
As part of my online, word based portfolio, I have decided to include my dissertation. This is probably the written piece I am most proud of because it consisted of a concept I was passionate about, a chance to challenge my analytical and critical thinking and the hard work I put into it. My grade also reflected that as it secured me my third first for all my written essays.
My dissertation was called How Icons of Fashion Help or Hinder a Revolution: A Case Study of the Victorian Corset and it was about the Victorian corset and what it meant and represented in Victorian culture. I looked at the corset as a physical embodiment of the strict morals, rules and ethics that were a normal part of Victorian life. I also looked at other writers’ opinions and how the corset has become a status symbol for suppression and oppression.
I found an interesting article here which relates the buzz words that employers will search for on LinkedIn. I was already aware of buzzwords because my tutor told me to put the job I am aspiring for, not ‘student’ or ‘aspiring trend forecaster’ because no employer is looking for that. They will be searching for ‘fashion designer’, ‘trend forecaster’ and ‘fashion writer/blogger’.
This article reiterates something I also think – that LinkedIn is the place to be for professionals. They also make clear that it is important to have a full ‘fleshed out’ profile so it’s ready and waiting to entice employers. They’ve made a list of buzzwords you don’t need on your profile. These are the following:
- Extensive experience
- Track record
- Problem solving
These buzzwords are not just reserved for your LinkedIn profile but should also be avoided on many professional documents, because employers don’t want to read the same words that people profess to have on every CV. Make sure your vocabulary stands out because in turn it will make you stand out. This is especially important to me because I am considering a career in writing, so I need to be well versed in the art of semiotics.
Staying on the same website/vein, I also found an article that shows you how to utilise every aspect of your LinkedIn profile here.
There’s another article here, that’s actually on the LinkedIn website that shows the years best and worst words for profiles. There was a surprising statistic that said that employers will usually only spend 2 minutes looking at your profile before leaving, so don’t waste their time by filling your valuable space with monotonous words. They also bring up the fact that sometimes you need to use those buzzwords in order to appropriately describe yourself. But the moral of the story is don’t overuse them. Helpfully, they give a list of words that you do want to use, which include resolved, achieved, negotiated, won.
I came across a professional letter head for a company that my friend works for. I thought I would include it because it is an example of a company’s branding that works. I like the simplicity of it, which also makes it diverse because you could use this for anything, compliment slips, information leaflets, emails, letters, etc.