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Major brands present to students at UCA's Fashion First careers event

Some of the UK’s largest fashion brands came looking for the fashion industry's rising stars at Fashion First, a UCA careers event held at our Epsom campus.

Arranged and hosted by our Careers team and our School of Fashion, the event saw representatives from high street names such as River Island, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Liberty and Arcadia meet with our Fashion students to discuss jobs and work experience opportunities.

“We came to Fashion First last year, and the reason we come to UCA is because it’s one of our main sources of graduate buyers,” said Aimee Morrison, Future Talent Resourcing Partner at Arcadia. “The day has been really good – we’ve met lots of students interested in merchandising, which is the main area we’re looking to recruit for.”

A number of the fashion brands delivered presentations to our students, giving them a chance to learn more about their potential employers. The event also hosted a ‘CV clinic’, where students could ask our Careers and Employability Advisors about fine-tuning their work experience ready for job applications.

Senior Talent Recruiter at ASOS, Jenna Allen, gave our students some key tips for applying to the international online clothing brand, which has over 1.3 million site visitors a day and ships to 240 countries and territories. Emphasising the importance of being able to prioritise tasks and work in teams, Jenna encouraged the students to get retail work experience to strengthen their applications to ASOS.

Other exhibitors included New Look, All Saints, M&Com, Vsanti, and the job site Fashion Workie – which was set up by our Fashion Promotion & Imaging alumnus Andrew Loader.

Throughout the day, students could visit a professional photo studio to get head shot photos for online profiles and job applications, and the event concluded with a discussion panel featuring UCA alumni who provided practical advice for finding jobs, such as networking and building a professional online presence.

“The main thing I’ll take away from the alumni panel is to build my LinkedIn profile,” said second year Fashion Journalism student Heather Ibberson. “They were also saying that it’s alright if you don’t know exactly what you want to do yet. After graduating, I’m interested in doing lots of different things. Writing is something I’m confident in but I’d also like to explore photography.”

This year marked the third Fashion First event for UCA Epsom. You can find more information on the range of Fashion courses we offer here.