Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Reality Of Being A Fashion Graduate


The reality of being a fashion graduate

Today's post is a little different from usual, not the normal fashion post talking to you about my outfit and all the things I love. But a more personal post, talking about the reality of being a fashion graduate. At the beginning of the summer I finished my degree at London College of Fashion and I loved my time being a student and I'm so grateful for all the things I learnt.

However, things haven't been so easy since I've left, I feel like for university students we are not really prepared for the 'real world' as such. For the past 20 years I've always known what I'm doing next. After I finished my GCSE's I naturally stayed on and went to Sixth Form, after my A-Levels I took the next step and went to University. And now for the first time ever, I don't know whats happening next. I feel like I was a little naive when I was a student, I never in a millions years thought that I still wouldn't have a 'full-time' job in fashion by now. I didn't realise how hard it would be finding a job as a graduate after finishing university. 

So far I have had a number of interviews and they have all got back to me saying I don't have enough experience. In my defence I made the most of my time at university, I had (and still have) a part time job in retail, during the summers I had internships. And I've also built up experience with working with brands alongside my blog. So I feel like when I'm applying for jobs I'm going round in circles. It's something that has been getting me down recently. Fashion is also an industry where you have to really prove yourself to get anywhere. Also there are only so many days I can spend working at unpaid internships as I also have a part time job to earn some form of living. 

I've seen on Twitter recently that I'm not the only person in this boat and I know a few of my friends are also finding it really hard. This makes me feel a little bit better knowing I'm not the only one. And over the last week or so I've been trying to make myself be a more positive person. 

It's so easy to get down about what I have not achieved rather than being proud of myself for how far I've come, I've got a degree in fashion marketing and promotion. Something I didn't think would ever happen. (5 years ago I hated the thought of carrying on in education.) I worked really hard to create a blog that I love and I've taught myself so much from it. 

At times I think I'm being a little too hard on myself and eventually the right thing will come along. Plus I'm only 21 so I don't have to have my whole life planned out and sorted right now. I know good things can take time and I just have to keep working hard in order to achieve my dreams! Like they say Rome wasn't built in a day! 

Hope this has helped any of you that are feeling the same as me! Hopefully I will have a career update post soon.

Love
Nicole
xx


Read my other posts about studying fashion here: 


An outfit post will be coming very shortly with the outfit featured in the photo above. I will be talking to you all about how to add colour to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. 
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  1. Such an interesting post to read and so heartbreaking! I'll be graduating next year and the thought of it scares me I too am studying fashion and I completely understand the whole intern situation too! They should be paid that way we'd be more inclined to do them and get more experience that way to then graduate with a job. Unfortunately fashion is just so competitive I already feel the way you do so it's quite scary. You'll get there though and you'll find something! I have every hope! heldtogetherbypins.blogspot.com

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