Will Going to Fashion School Actually Get You a Job? – The Business of Fashion

Creating Employment Benefit for College students

At present, the faculties most profitable in coaching their college students to safe employment are deepening trade ties, investing in progressive applied sciences and digital sources and evolving their curriculums and course buildings.

In 2017, Florence-primarily based Polimoda, which scored within the prime 10 in all three rankings, introduced a Masters course designed and executed in partnership with Gucci. The 9-month course, which launches in April 2018, will cowl retail administration, finance, merchandising and advertising and marketing and can be taught, partially, by Gucci managers. Gucci may even provide choose graduates internships or job alternatives at Kering, Gucci’s mum or dad firm. One former Polimoda pupil tells BoF, “Polimoda was my profession reset button and entry ticket to the style and luxurious market, and it gave me precisely that.”

Different establishments are looking for to practice college students in newly vital abilities. In January 2017, London College of Fashion (LCF) opened its Digital Studying Lab, the place college students can work with new applied sciences, together with e-textiles, artistic coding, combined and digital actuality and 3D printing. Equally, the University of Westminster has invested in new digital printing applied sciences and a suite of different sources, leading to over 90 p.c of college students being glad with the technological sources of the college. "The high quality of the technical sources, equipment and workrooms was by far the perfect I've skilled, together with my time within the trade,” says one Westminster alumnus.

Different establishments are offering their college students with a wider vary of programs on subjects from legislation to promoting to media research to coding, as half of their style research. Finland’s Aalto College, Israel’s Shenkar School and Japan’s Bunka Gakuen have every created versatile curriculums, encouraging college students broaden their talent units.

Being primarily based in a prime style capital additionally gives a clear benefit. Eight of the highest 10 undergraduate programmes, all of the highest 10 graduate style programs and 7 of the highest 10 graduate enterprise programs are stitched into style hubs the place main style homes and retailers are primarily based together with Paris, London, Milan, Florence and New York. Merely, being in a style capital boosts entry to work expertise alternatives and employment charges, and that is very true for college students aspiring to enter the posh sector.

“The BA style design course is rigorous and attempting, however the outcomes are clear — we're contacted by the likes of Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford and Burberry for internships throughout our sandwich 12 months and for jobs straight after commencement,” says one pupil of London’s College of Westminster, which got here 10th within the 2017 undergraduate rankings.

The expertise degree of main members of the school, in addition to internship programmes, are additionally vital elements in driving employment charges. Specialised programs and sources related to rising trade wants, comparable to sustainability and digital design, can even increase outcomes, as can entry to trade occasions, even in second-tier style hubs.

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Institut Français de la Mode | Supply: Farid Bernat for IFM

BoF’s New Graduate Business Rankings

The choice to create a new graduate business ranking was prompted by pupil suggestions, in addition to the rising quantity of style colleges that provide enterprise programs. Certainly, whereas many of the highest executives in style might have graduated from prime US enterprise colleges like Wharton and Harvard, or HEC and INSEAD in France, style colleges are more and more wanting to get into the marketplace for enterprise training and these programmes required a separate rating with a distinctive methodology.

The style trade requires a broad vary of abilities and its enterprise leaders should respect each creativity and commerce to achieve success. “The MSc Worldwide Luxurious Administration manages to engender younger professionals with a enterprise focus from the very essential cultural lens that brings a key understanding of luxurious or style manufacturers,” says one pupil of IFM.

But some HR recruiters stay sceptical of the competitiveness of specialist style enterprise programs in contrast to their extra established MBA equivalents. “I imagine style remains to be considered as a area of interest trade and most executives with excessive rating college credentials can have entry to the specified roles with out essentially having had an in-depth trade focus (HEC graduates are an apparent instance in France). I've a sense that these specialised postgraduate style colleges will not be as aggressive as their enterprise counterparts,” says Caroline Tablet, vice chairman of Kirk Palmer Associates, an government search firm that works with Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder Companies and Farfetch.

Nevertheless, the educators behind some of style’s most profitable postgraduate enterprise programs suppose they're onto one thing with these new specialised programmes. “Inventive management is wanted throughout all sectors. For instance, Angela Ahrendts shifting from Burberry to grow to be Apple’s Senior Vice President demonstrates the issue-fixing, enquiry-led method that you simply get with artistic research, studying to work autonomously and innovatively to grow to be reflective, impartial and strategic thinkers, and due to this fact efficient choice makers,” says Frances Corner, head of London School of Fashion, which positioned second in our inaugural rating and launched its first style enterprise programme over 20 years in the past and provides each an MSc in Strategic Fashion Administration and a full-time MBA geared toward candidates with over three years of expertise within the trade, amongst different programmes.

“The MA Fashion Design Administration course offered the optimum steadiness of industrial coaching and artistic considering programs. This trade requires each. You cannot get this at a conventional enterprise college. I really feel very ready for a profitable profession on this trade,” says one LCF pupil.

In the end nevertheless Tablet believes specialist programs in style enterprise are a “nice-to-have,” not a necessity. “Attending a specialised course will usually open doorways and permit privileged entry to the trade by internships, networking, profession days, visitor lectures etcetera, however I wouldn’t suppose it’s essentially the important thing to success within the trade,” she concludes.

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