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I want to be a fashion designer and I want to make a difference in the world. Can someone help me please. Which steps should I take?

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My first and second years in college I was mainly focus on surviving. At 18, I had nowhere to live and no help from anyone. Working full time I was completely distracted and couldn’t focus on school. Now I own financial aid and I can’t start school unless I pay them back. I know what I want to do but I missed out on my opportunity but my intuition is telling me that this is just the beginning. What should I do? #finance #college #fashion
Which steps should I take?

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Megan’s Answer

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Hey Maron,


I completely understand your frustration. I'm still paying back student loans and I've been out of school for almost 10yrs.


They first thing I would do is focus on getting your school paid for so you can get back in. Research some loan options, other aid options so you can breathe easy!


After that, see if you can find a company to either work for or volunteer for in the industry. If you're in Washington state, Goodwill on lane st. has an event every year called "The Glittet sale." They have a dinner, auction, fashion show and sale that they are always looking or volunteers. That could be a step in the right direction. You also may want to start a fashion organization at your school. I started a fashion organization at my college, where I primarily focused on finding fashion shows and events for us to volunteer at so we could get school credit. I met a ton of awesome people and networked like crazy!


You're young and lively so you have tons of options. You may have a few sleepless nights but it will all be worth it in the long run! Good luck!

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Ken’s Answer

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Congratulations on being interested in becoming a fashion designer. It takes a special person to enter this field and meet the demands which this career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make fashion designers successful. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow fashion designers to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside.  

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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