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Become a Fashion Designer by: christine
I`m pursuing a career change and blogging about my adventures here: http://christineykim.blogspot.com
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  • img_   analyze your current skills       determine if you have the skills now to make this career change, or if you think you`ll need to go back to school. if you don`t know what skills are required to become a fashion designer, here are some initial steps you can take to learn more about the field:       - find and read books about the field of fashion design. i recommend david vosovic`s book: fashion inside out  - look up fashion design jobs and look at skills required    - research and attend open houses for fashion design programs in your neighborhood
    Step 1: Analyze Your Current Skills

    Determine if you have the skills now to make this career change, or if you think you`ll need to go back to school. If you don`t know what skills are required to become a fashion designer, here are some initial steps you can take to learn more about the field:

    - Find and read books about the field of fashion design. I recommend David Vosovic`s book: Fashion Inside Out
    - Look up fashion design jobs and look at skills required
    - Research and attend open houses for fashion design programs in your neighborhood
    3
  • img_     make the decision            determine if this career is the right path for you. working in fashion sounds a lot more glamorous than it really is, so take the time to figure out if you will be happy as a fashion designer over the long run.              some things to consider:       - what draws you to the field of fashion design?       - what aspect of being a fashion designer sounds fulfilling?       - what signs have you noticed pointing you to this field?       - do you read, watch, or go to events related to fashion?       - what type of clothes are you interested in designing?       - if this is a career change for you, are you prepared to start again at the bottom at an entry level position to make the transition into this field?
    Step 2: Make the Decision

    Determine if this career is the right path for you. Working in fashion sounds a lot more glamorous than it really is, so take the time to figure out if you will be happy as a fashion designer over the long run.

    Some things to consider:
    - What draws you to the field of fashion design?
    - What aspect of being a fashion designer sounds fulfilling?
    - What signs have you noticed pointing you to this field?
    - Do you read, watch, or go to events related to fashion?
    - What type of clothes are you interested in designing?
    - If this is a career change for you, are you prepared to start again at the bottom at an entry level position to make the transition into this field?
    3
  • img_   research schools   (or research companies offering internships)     if you are serious about becoming a fashion designer, most likely you will have to invest in some education to make this happen. you may be lucky and find an internship to take this step and be able to work your way up, but even internships require a portfolio and usually require that you be enrolled or have recently graduated from a fashion design program.      as a career changer, you probably don`t want to go through another 4 years of school to make this change. research programs out there that offer shorter programs for those making a career change, or consider getting an associates degree instead. a great program to consider if you`re in ny or are open to moving to ny is parson`s aas program in fashion studies. it`s a 2 year program that can be reduced to a 1 year fast-track program if you have enough transfer credits.       make a list of the schools you would like to apply to.
    Step 3: Research Schools
    (or Research Companies Offering Internships)


    If you are serious about becoming a fashion designer, most likely you will have to invest in some education to make this happen. You may be lucky and find an internship to take this step and be able to work your way up, but even internships require a portfolio and usually require that you be enrolled or have recently graduated from a fashion design program.

    As a career changer, you probably don`t want to go through another 4 years of school to make this change. Research programs out there that offer shorter programs for those making a career change, or consider getting an Associates degree instead. A great program to consider if you`re in NY or are open to moving to NY is Parson`s AAS program in Fashion Studies. It`s a 2 year program that can be reduced to a 1 year fast-track program if you have enough transfer credits.

    Make a list of the schools you would like to apply to.
    3
  • img_prepare application materials
 
 most schools will require an essay, transcripts from previous schools, and a portfolio of some kind. take the time to complete the following requirements before the due dates for each school:
 
 1. application
 2. essay
 3. portfolio (schools that target career changers may require a simpler portfolio)
 4. transcripts
 5. resume (might be optional for some schools)
 6. application fee
    Step 4: Prepare Application Materials

    Most schools will require an essay, transcripts from previous schools, and a portfolio of some kind. Take the time to complete the following requirements before the due dates for each school:

    1. Application
    2. Essay
    3. Portfolio (schools that target career changers may require a simpler portfolio)
    4. Transcripts
    5. Resume (might be optional for some schools)
    6. Application Fee
    3
  • img_  receive acceptance letter and decide on school   once you receive an acceptance letter, you will need to decide on the school you`d like to attend. send in your signed letter of acceptance along with your deposit.
    Step 5: Receive Acceptance Letter and Decide on School

    Once you receive an acceptance letter, you will need to decide on the school you`d like to attend. Send in your signed letter of acceptance along with your deposit.
    3
  • img_learn how to sew
 
 if you don`t already know how to sew, it would be a good idea to enroll in some sewing classes to get you familiar with the sewing before you dive into fashion design. there`s a lot to learn when it comes to learning how to use the sewing machine, understanding sewing terms, using patterns, adjusting patterns, picking out fabrics, etc. these are the basics that some of your fellow classmates may already come in knowing, so the more you know the better equipped you are to prepare to learn how to design garments.
    Step 6: Learn How to Sew

    If you don`t already know how to sew, it would be a good idea to enroll in some sewing classes to get you familiar with the sewing before you dive into fashion design. There`s a lot to learn when it comes to learning how to use the sewing machine, understanding sewing terms, using patterns, adjusting patterns, picking out fabrics, etc. These are the basics that some of your fellow classmates may already come in knowing, so the more you know the better equipped you are to prepare to learn how to design garments.
    3
  • img_immerse yourself in fashion
 there are a lot of movies and shows out there that will give you a good idea of what it`s like to work as a fashion designer. watch reality shows such as project runway, and documentaries such as
    Step 7: Immerse Yourself in Fashion

    There are a lot of movies and shows out there that will give you a good idea of what it`s like to work as a fashion designer. Watch reality shows such as Project Runway, and documentaries such as "Valentino: The Last Emperor" to give you an inside look into the work of fashion designers. You can also watch the movie "Seamless" to understand how young designers apply for the CFDA design award, and "Unzipped" to follow Issac Mizrahi's story. There are other documentaries that exist on other designers that are out there for designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs.
    3
  • img_   login to school`s website for accepted students and attend the school`s new students event        your school will most likely have a website for accepted students and a new student event. login to the site to learn more about the resources available to you at your school. mark down the date of the new student event into your calendar and attend the event.
    Step 8: Login to School`s Website for Accepted Students and Attend the School`s New Students Event

    Your school will most likely have a website for accepted students and a new student event. Login to the site to learn more about the resources available to you at your school. Mark down the date of the new student event into your calendar and attend the event.
    3
  • img_register for classes
 
 register for classes and plan out your curriculum. if you need to purchase any materials before attending class, make sure you get a materials list and do some shopping for supplies before classes begin.
    Step 9: Register for Classes

    Register for classes and plan out your curriculum. If you need to purchase any materials before attending class, make sure you get a materials list and do some shopping for supplies before classes begin.
    3
  • img_attend classes

enjoy the classes and be excited about your new career! learn and absorb everything you can. there is a lot of work involved in fashion design no matter what program you go to, so be prepared to work, work, and then work some more. all-nighters are the norm for most students and are often necessary to get the work done. it can be stressful and overwhelming, so make sure you plan your schedule to have enough time to do assignments. remember - everything takes longer than you expect so give yourself extra time just in case! drop classes before the drop date if you need to. your health is important and you will most likely have a pretty packed schedule until you graduate so space it out as much as you need to in order to create more balance in your life.
    Step 10: Attend Classes

    Enjoy the classes and be excited about your new career! Learn and absorb everything you can. There is a lot of work involved in fashion design no matter what program you go to, so be prepared to work, work, and then work some more. All-nighters are the norm for most students and are often necessary to get the work done. It can be stressful and overwhelming, so make sure you plan your schedule to have enough time to do assignments. Remember - everything takes longer than you expect so give yourself extra time just in case! Drop classes before the drop date if you need to. Your health is important and you will most likely have a pretty packed schedule until you graduate so space it out as much as you need to in order to create more balance in your life.
    3
  • img_create a portfolio and update your resume
 once you have enough work under your belt to create a portfolio, begin to create a body of work that you can show to potential employers. update your resume to prepare to apply to internships and get feedback from professors. they will most likely be happy to help you critique your work. refine as necessary. expect this process to take some time.

update your resume and make an appointment with your career services center to get feedback on your resume. they will guide you in helping you make your resume more fashion-focused.

if you have any opportunities to volunteer for any fashion show preparation activities at companies, take it! you can add these experiences to your resume to give you some experience before you apply for your first internship.
    Step 11: Create a Portfolio and Update Your Resume

    Once you have enough work under your belt to create a portfolio, begin to create a body of work that you can show to potential employers. Update your resume to prepare to apply to internships and get feedback from professors. They will most likely be happy to help you critique your work. Refine as necessary. Expect this process to take some time.

    Update your resume and make an appointment with your career services center to get feedback on your resume. They will guide you in helping you make your resume more fashion-focused.

    If you have any opportunities to volunteer for any fashion show preparation activities at companies, take it! You can add these experiences to your resume to give you some experience before you apply for your first internship.
    3
  • img_apply to internships
 
 as soon as you have enough experience to feel confident in being able to obtain a fashion design internships, start researching potential internship opportunities. although a lot of fashion design internships are unpaid, they do offer school credit. internships are available year round, so if you have the time, consider finding an internship during the school year, or look for a summer internship.
    Step 12: Apply to Internships

    As soon as you have enough experience to feel confident in being able to obtain a fashion design internships, start researching potential internship opportunities. Although a lot of fashion design internships are unpaid, they do offer school credit. Internships are available year round, so if you have the time, consider finding an internship during the school year, or look for a summer internship.
    3
  • img_prepare for interviews
 
 prepare for any interviews you may have an opportunity to go to. print out a copy of your resume, created a polished portfolio, consider potential answers to interview questions, and plan out what you will wear to the interview. good luck!
    Step 13: Prepare for Interviews

    Prepare for any interviews you may have an opportunity to go to. Print out a copy of your resume, created a polished portfolio, consider potential answers to interview questions, and plan out what you will wear to the interview. Good luck!
    3
  • img_  accept your internship offer and work!     enjoy your new work opportunity in your new career field!
    Step 14: Accept your internship offer and work!

    Enjoy your new work opportunity in your new career field!
    3
  • img_continue learning and developing your skills

what you learn in school is only a launching pad for learning all about the fashion industry, the business of fashion, sewing, draping, patternmaking, sketching and rendering. there is so much to learn that not everything will be covered in your classes. in addition to learning from your classes, spend time during breaks to improve your skills in sketching, designing, and making clothes to take your skills to the next level.
    Step 15: Continue learning and developing your skills

    What you learn in school is only a launching pad for learning all about the fashion industry, the business of fashion, sewing, draping, patternmaking, sketching and rendering. There is so much to learn that not everything will be covered in your classes. In addition to learning from your classes, spend time during breaks to improve your skills in sketching, designing, and making clothes to take your skills to the next level.
    3
  • img_refine your portfolio

as you improve your skills and create a larger (and improved) body of work, take the time to update your portfolio to represent your body in the best light to future employers.
    Step 16: Refine Your Portfolio

    As you improve your skills and create a larger (and improved) body of work, take the time to update your portfolio to represent your body in the best light to future employers.
    3
  • img_apply for another internship

most design students will have multiple internships under their belt by the time they graduate. it's good to have experience at several places to get an idea of the type of company you'd like to ultimately work for. it's also important for you to understand who you are as a designer and what type of aesthetic and company might be a good fit for you. attend an internship fair and apply for another internship and wow the employer with your charisma and work. repeat this step for as many internships as you would like to experience and balance while at school.
    Step 17: Apply for Another Internship

    Most design students will have multiple internships under their belt by the time they graduate. It's good to have experience at several places to get an idea of the type of company you'd like to ultimately work for. It's also important for you to understand who you are as a designer and what type of aesthetic and company might be a good fit for you. Attend an internship fair and apply for another internship and wow the employer with your charisma and work. Repeat this step for as many internships as you would like to experience and balance while at school.
    3
  • img_apply for jobs

the internship application process repeats itself here, except that it`s for a full-time job. congratulate yourself on making it this far! you are now a fashion designer!

if the job market is a little soft when you are graduating, consider other options:
- intern at the company you are interested in working for after you graduate (if you can financially afford to) to get your foot in the door.
- consider freelancing. there are freelance positions out there for various roles that can also get your foot in the door. 
- if you think you are ready, consider starting your own fashion label. this requires much more than just design skills, but if you think you have what it takes, go for it!
    Step 18: Apply for jobs

    The internship application process repeats itself here, except that it`s for a full-time job. Congratulate yourself on making it this far! You are now a fashion designer!

    If the job market is a little soft when you are graduating, consider other options:
    - intern at the company you are interested in working for after you graduate (if you can financially afford to) to get your foot in the door.
    - Consider freelancing. There are freelance positions out there for various roles that can also get your foot in the door.
    - If you think you are ready, consider starting your own fashion label. This requires much more than just design skills, but if you think you have what it takes, go for it!
    3
  • img_graduate from fashion design school

congratulations on finishing your fashion design education! it was a crazy ride, but you have a lot of new skills to show for it. now that you have the skills it's time to really follow your dream!
    Step 19: Graduate From Fashion Design School

    Congratulations on finishing your fashion design education! It was a crazy ride, but you have a lot of new skills to show for it. Now that you have the skills it's time to really follow your dream!
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globehound
globehound(1936 Days ago)So, what`s your plan look like for making this happen? I suspect there are a lot of people that share this same Someday but don`t know where to begin.Flag as Inappropriate
christine
christine(1935 Days ago)I`ll create a plan to share. I`ve already started the process, so it`s a matter of writing out the plan. I didn`t realize others may be interested in this career change as well.Flag as Inappropriate
globehound
globehound(1935 Days ago)This is a fantastic plan. Very impressive.Flag as Inappropriate
zachwashere
zachwashere(1933 Days ago)Christine, I definitely second Globehound, this is one of the best plans I`ve seen yet!

Good luck!
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JackieG
JackieG(1788 Days ago)Wow ur plan amazes me and it seems like it is working for you. Keep up the great job. At this pace, you should be able to get that internship and the next minute you will have your dream job. Good luck :)Flag as Inappropriate
cecarelo
cecarelo(1699 Days ago)Step 1 should switch with step 2. remain positive!Flag as Inappropriate
christine
christine(1698 Days ago)Thanks for your comments everyone! I have made some updates to my plan based on my experience thus far. Hope it helps you!Flag as Inappropriate
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globehound(1336 Days ago)Congratulations on making this happen. Very inspiring.Flag as Inappropriate
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Choichun(1335 Days ago)congratulations! it reminded me to get moving and re-organise my steps :-)Flag as Inappropriate
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  • img_   analyze your current skills       determine if you have the skills now to make this career change, or if you think you`ll need to go back to school. if you don`t know what skills are required to become a fashion designer, here are some initial steps you can take to learn more about the field:       - find and read books about the field of fashion design. i recommend david vosovic`s book: fashion inside out  - look up fashion design jobs and look at skills required    - research and attend open houses for fashion design programs in your neighborhood
    Step 1: Analyze Your Current Skills

    Determine if you have the skills now to make this career change, or if you think you`ll need to go back to school. If you don`t know what skills are required to become a fashion designer, here are some initial steps you can take to learn more about the field:

    - Find and read books about the field of fashion design. I recommend David Vosovic`s book: Fashion Inside Out
    - Look up fashion design jobs and look at skills required
    - Research and attend open houses for fashion design programs in your neighborhood
    3
  • img_     make the decision            determine if this career is the right path for you. working in fashion sounds a lot more glamorous than it really is, so take the time to figure out if you will be happy as a fashion designer over the long run.              some things to consider:       - what draws you to the field of fashion design?       - what aspect of being a fashion designer sounds fulfilling?       - what signs have you noticed pointing you to this field?       - do you read, watch, or go to events related to fashion?       - what type of clothes are you interested in designing?       - if this is a career change for you, are you prepared to start again at the bottom at an entry level position to make the transition into this field?
    Step 2: Make the Decision

    Determine if this career is the right path for you. Working in fashion sounds a lot more glamorous than it really is, so take the time to figure out if you will be happy as a fashion designer over the long run.

    Some things to consider:
    - What draws you to the field of fashion design?
    - What aspect of being a fashion designer sounds fulfilling?
    - What signs have you noticed pointing you to this field?
    - Do you read, watch, or go to events related to fashion?
    - What type of clothes are you interested in designing?
    - If this is a career change for you, are you prepared to start again at the bottom at an entry level position to make the transition into this field?
    3
  • img_   research schools   (or research companies offering internships)     if you are serious about becoming a fashion designer, most likely you will have to invest in some education to make this happen. you may be lucky and find an internship to take this step and be able to work your way up, but even internships require a portfolio and usually require that you be enrolled or have recently graduated from a fashion design program.      as a career changer, you probably don`t want to go through another 4 years of school to make this change. research programs out there that offer shorter programs for those making a career change, or consider getting an associates degree instead. a great program to consider if you`re in ny or are open to moving to ny is parson`s aas program in fashion studies. it`s a 2 year program that can be reduced to a 1 year fast-track program if you have enough transfer credits.       make a list of the schools you would like to apply to.
    Step 3: Research Schools
    (or Research Companies Offering Internships)


    If you are serious about becoming a fashion designer, most likely you will have to invest in some education to make this happen. You may be lucky and find an internship to take this step and be able to work your way up, but even internships require a portfolio and usually require that you be enrolled or have recently graduated from a fashion design program.

    As a career changer, you probably don`t want to go through another 4 years of school to make this change. Research programs out there that offer shorter programs for those making a career change, or consider getting an Associates degree instead. A great program to consider if you`re in NY or are open to moving to NY is Parson`s AAS program in Fashion Studies. It`s a 2 year program that can be reduced to a 1 year fast-track program if you have enough transfer credits.

    Make a list of the schools you would like to apply to.
    3
  • img_prepare application materials
 
 most schools will require an essay, transcripts from previous schools, and a portfolio of some kind. take the time to complete the following requirements before the due dates for each school:
 
 1. application
 2. essay
 3. portfolio (schools that target career changers may require a simpler portfolio)
 4. transcripts
 5. resume (might be optional for some schools)
 6. application fee
    Step 4: Prepare Application Materials

    Most schools will require an essay, transcripts from previous schools, and a portfolio of some kind. Take the time to complete the following requirements before the due dates for each school:

    1. Application
    2. Essay
    3. Portfolio (schools that target career changers may require a simpler portfolio)
    4. Transcripts
    5. Resume (might be optional for some schools)
    6. Application Fee
    3
  • img_  receive acceptance letter and decide on school   once you receive an acceptance letter, you will need to decide on the school you`d like to attend. send in your signed letter of acceptance along with your deposit.
    Step 5: Receive Acceptance Letter and Decide on School

    Once you receive an acceptance letter, you will need to decide on the school you`d like to attend. Send in your signed letter of acceptance along with your deposit.
    3
  • img_learn how to sew
 
 if you don`t already know how to sew, it would be a good idea to enroll in some sewing classes to get you familiar with the sewing before you dive into fashion design. there`s a lot to learn when it comes to learning how to use the sewing machine, understanding sewing terms, using patterns, adjusting patterns, picking out fabrics, etc. these are the basics that some of your fellow classmates may already come in knowing, so the more you know the better equipped you are to prepare to learn how to design garments.
    Step 6: Learn How to Sew

    If you don`t already know how to sew, it would be a good idea to enroll in some sewing classes to get you familiar with the sewing before you dive into fashion design. There`s a lot to learn when it comes to learning how to use the sewing machine, understanding sewing terms, using patterns, adjusting patterns, picking out fabrics, etc. These are the basics that some of your fellow classmates may already come in knowing, so the more you know the better equipped you are to prepare to learn how to design garments.
    3
  • img_immerse yourself in fashion
 there are a lot of movies and shows out there that will give you a good idea of what it`s like to work as a fashion designer. watch reality shows such as project runway, and documentaries such as
    Step 7: Immerse Yourself in Fashion

    There are a lot of movies and shows out there that will give you a good idea of what it`s like to work as a fashion designer. Watch reality shows such as Project Runway, and documentaries such as "Valentino: The Last Emperor" to give you an inside look into the work of fashion designers. You can also watch the movie "Seamless" to understand how young designers apply for the CFDA design award, and "Unzipped" to follow Issac Mizrahi's story. There are other documentaries that exist on other designers that are out there for designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs.
    3
  • img_   login to school`s website for accepted students and attend the school`s new students event        your school will most likely have a website for accepted students and a new student event. login to the site to learn more about the resources available to you at your school. mark down the date of the new student event into your calendar and attend the event.
    Step 8: Login to School`s Website for Accepted Students and Attend the School`s New Students Event

    Your school will most likely have a website for accepted students and a new student event. Login to the site to learn more about the resources available to you at your school. Mark down the date of the new student event into your calendar and attend the event.
    3
  • img_register for classes
 
 register for classes and plan out your curriculum. if you need to purchase any materials before attending class, make sure you get a materials list and do some shopping for supplies before classes begin.
    Step 9: Register for Classes

    Register for classes and plan out your curriculum. If you need to purchase any materials before attending class, make sure you get a materials list and do some shopping for supplies before classes begin.
    3
  • img_attend classes

enjoy the classes and be excited about your new career! learn and absorb everything you can. there is a lot of work involved in fashion design no matter what program you go to, so be prepared to work, work, and then work some more. all-nighters are the norm for most students and are often necessary to get the work done. it can be stressful and overwhelming, so make sure you plan your schedule to have enough time to do assignments. remember - everything takes longer than you expect so give yourself extra time just in case! drop classes before the drop date if you need to. your health is important and you will most likely have a pretty packed schedule until you graduate so space it out as much as you need to in order to create more balance in your life.
    Step 10: Attend Classes

    Enjoy the classes and be excited about your new career! Learn and absorb everything you can. There is a lot of work involved in fashion design no matter what program you go to, so be prepared to work, work, and then work some more. All-nighters are the norm for most students and are often necessary to get the work done. It can be stressful and overwhelming, so make sure you plan your schedule to have enough time to do assignments. Remember - everything takes longer than you expect so give yourself extra time just in case! Drop classes before the drop date if you need to. Your health is important and you will most likely have a pretty packed schedule until you graduate so space it out as much as you need to in order to create more balance in your life.
    3
  • img_create a portfolio and update your resume
 once you have enough work under your belt to create a portfolio, begin to create a body of work that you can show to potential employers. update your resume to prepare to apply to internships and get feedback from professors. they will most likely be happy to help you critique your work. refine as necessary. expect this process to take some time.

update your resume and make an appointment with your career services center to get feedback on your resume. they will guide you in helping you make your resume more fashion-focused.

if you have any opportunities to volunteer for any fashion show preparation activities at companies, take it! you can add these experiences to your resume to give you some experience before you apply for your first internship.
    Step 11: Create a Portfolio and Update Your Resume

    Once you have enough work under your belt to create a portfolio, begin to create a body of work that you can show to potential employers. Update your resume to prepare to apply to internships and get feedback from professors. They will most likely be happy to help you critique your work. Refine as necessary. Expect this process to take some time.

    Update your resume and make an appointment with your career services center to get feedback on your resume. They will guide you in helping you make your resume more fashion-focused.

    If you have any opportunities to volunteer for any fashion show preparation activities at companies, take it! You can add these experiences to your resume to give you some experience before you apply for your first internship.
    3
  • img_apply to internships
 
 as soon as you have enough experience to feel confident in being able to obtain a fashion design internships, start researching potential internship opportunities. although a lot of fashion design internships are unpaid, they do offer school credit. internships are available year round, so if you have the time, consider finding an internship during the school year, or look for a summer internship.
    Step 12: Apply to Internships

    As soon as you have enough experience to feel confident in being able to obtain a fashion design internships, start researching potential internship opportunities. Although a lot of fashion design internships are unpaid, they do offer school credit. Internships are available year round, so if you have the time, consider finding an internship during the school year, or look for a summer internship.
    3
  • img_prepare for interviews
 
 prepare for any interviews you may have an opportunity to go to. print out a copy of your resume, created a polished portfolio, consider potential answers to interview questions, and plan out what you will wear to the interview. good luck!
    Step 13: Prepare for Interviews

    Prepare for any interviews you may have an opportunity to go to. Print out a copy of your resume, created a polished portfolio, consider potential answers to interview questions, and plan out what you will wear to the interview. Good luck!
    3
  • img_  accept your internship offer and work!     enjoy your new work opportunity in your new career field!
    Step 14: Accept your internship offer and work!

    Enjoy your new work opportunity in your new career field!
    3
  • img_continue learning and developing your skills

what you learn in school is only a launching pad for learning all about the fashion industry, the business of fashion, sewing, draping, patternmaking, sketching and rendering. there is so much to learn that not everything will be covered in your classes. in addition to learning from your classes, spend time during breaks to improve your skills in sketching, designing, and making clothes to take your skills to the next level.
    Step 15: Continue learning and developing your skills

    What you learn in school is only a launching pad for learning all about the fashion industry, the business of fashion, sewing, draping, patternmaking, sketching and rendering. There is so much to learn that not everything will be covered in your classes. In addition to learning from your classes, spend time during breaks to improve your skills in sketching, designing, and making clothes to take your skills to the next level.
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  • img_refine your portfolio

as you improve your skills and create a larger (and improved) body of work, take the time to update your portfolio to represent your body in the best light to future employers.
    Step 16: Refine Your Portfolio

    As you improve your skills and create a larger (and improved) body of work, take the time to update your portfolio to represent your body in the best light to future employers.
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  • img_apply for another internship

most design students will have multiple internships under their belt by the time they graduate. it's good to have experience at several places to get an idea of the type of company you'd like to ultimately work for. it's also important for you to understand who you are as a designer and what type of aesthetic and company might be a good fit for you. attend an internship fair and apply for another internship and wow the employer with your charisma and work. repeat this step for as many internships as you would like to experience and balance while at school.
    Step 17: Apply for Another Internship

    Most design students will have multiple internships under their belt by the time they graduate. It's good to have experience at several places to get an idea of the type of company you'd like to ultimately work for. It's also important for you to understand who you are as a designer and what type of aesthetic and company might be a good fit for you. Attend an internship fair and apply for another internship and wow the employer with your charisma and work. Repeat this step for as many internships as you would like to experience and balance while at school.
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  • img_apply for jobs

the internship application process repeats itself here, except that it`s for a full-time job. congratulate yourself on making it this far! you are now a fashion designer!

if the job market is a little soft when you are graduating, consider other options:
- intern at the company you are interested in working for after you graduate (if you can financially afford to) to get your foot in the door.
- consider freelancing. there are freelance positions out there for various roles that can also get your foot in the door. 
- if you think you are ready, consider starting your own fashion label. this requires much more than just design skills, but if you think you have what it takes, go for it!
    Step 18: Apply for jobs

    The internship application process repeats itself here, except that it`s for a full-time job. Congratulate yourself on making it this far! You are now a fashion designer!

    If the job market is a little soft when you are graduating, consider other options:
    - intern at the company you are interested in working for after you graduate (if you can financially afford to) to get your foot in the door.
    - Consider freelancing. There are freelance positions out there for various roles that can also get your foot in the door.
    - If you think you are ready, consider starting your own fashion label. This requires much more than just design skills, but if you think you have what it takes, go for it!
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  • img_graduate from fashion design school

congratulations on finishing your fashion design education! it was a crazy ride, but you have a lot of new skills to show for it. now that you have the skills it's time to really follow your dream!
    Step 19: Graduate From Fashion Design School

    Congratulations on finishing your fashion design education! It was a crazy ride, but you have a lot of new skills to show for it. Now that you have the skills it's time to really follow your dream!
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