Ravensbourne first appealed to me because of its fantastic location, modern campus and renowned reputation. I knew I wanted to go into fashion buying, and with only a handful of specific buying courses in the country I found that this one offered a wide and varied array of units. I thought this would allow me to gain knowledge of the full buying cycle as well as additional areas of the fashion industry, allowing me to keep my options open.
I benefited from a range of experienced guest lectures to presentation and confidence workshops, mock interviews and live project briefs. The course allowed me to push myself and explore realms beyond my comfort zone every term. Having access to the Adobe Suite and industry tools such as WGSN, LSN and Edited was also a huge benefit of the course, teaching me skills that I will continue to use throughout my career.
My highlights definitely included the trip to Sri Lanka in second year to visit MAS Fabric Park. It allowed us to learn first hand how apparel factories are working on becoming more sustainable. Another highlight was collaborating with fashion design students to create a denim brand from start to finish, presenting it to members from VF Corporation and being awarded as one of the winning teams. For me, the course was truly a string of highlights, with the ultimate moment being when I found out that I was getting a First, cementing all of the hard work and knowledge I had gained over the three years.
The support from my tutors, both during the course and after graduation, was invaluable in helping me achieve my professional goals. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now without their knowledge of the industry and their help in preparing for those all important first interviews. The industry placement term was also pivotal in providing me and my peers with valuable contacts and experience to help us launch our careers.
After finishing the course, I was offered a position at Liberty as Accessories Buying Administrator (my absolute dream job – a total pinch me moment!). Each day is different depending on where we are in market. Every morning starts with checking the previous day’s sales, a floor walk of the department to catch up with the sales assistants and to see if any new stock has arrived, and reviewing if any brand moves need to be made. The rest of the day is spent emailing suppliers, typing and raising orders, arranging buying appointments or preparing for them, attending meetings and local appointments, and dealing with queries from the warehouse.
Find the thing you love and work hard at it. You will be amazed at what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. A little self-belief goes far! Also, never turn down an opportunity – you never know who you will meet or what you will learn.