Major fashion and retail brands including Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters and Pandora had the opportunity to meet the future of the industry at Fashion First, an annual event organised by UCA.
Now in its fourth year, the fashion careers fair at our Epsom campus offers students and recent graduates the chance to receive expert career advice from leading brands, and to network with employers, sharpen their CVS, create professional business cards, and learn about the career pathways available to them.
Ayshen Ali, one of our Fashion Management & Marketing lecturers, said: “Fashion First is an important way of showing students the potential jobs that are available to them. Students are introduced to a range of fashion brands and industry contacts, most of which provide work experience and entry-level opportunities. Today is a fantastic opportunity for them to network and receive career advice.”
In addition to networking, students were able to have their CVs reviewed in the CV clinic and receive a professional photo of themselves to use on their websites or LinkedIn pages.
Third year Fashion student Patreiss Jones said: "There has been good and relevant information and I've had the chance to talk to employers including River Island, Arcadia and Jack Wills. We even had the opportunity to make our own business cards."
Having already established their careers, a number of alumni returned to UCA to share their experiences of working in the fashion and retail industry. With experiences ranging from trend forecasting for Edited to fashion buying for Primark, the alumni panel was on hand to answer questions and offer advice to students.
And it wasn’t just fashion students who were able to benefit. Folayemi Davis, who is in his final year of a BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree, added: "It's been great to come here and talk to employers face to face – it's so much better than trying to talk to people over email. I've been able to speak to exhibitors about art direction and art-based roles, as well as the graduate schemes that are available."
The event is run by the School of Fashion and the Careers & Employability Service at UCA. Find out more about the range of Fashion courses at UCA, here.