Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you! Since you stated in your now deleted comment that you wanted to possibly have your own shop, AND that you want to train others to exercise, I still recommend getting certifications (not college) to become a personal trainer. You might inquire with a manager at a local gym (or look online) and ask him/her what they look for in a trainer (i.e. what certifications are required), how they are paid (do they work for the gym at a salary/hourly rate or do they get paid a fee for training certain classes through the week?) and what it would take for you to stand out and be hired. Also, I would ask them that if you started working at the gym (doing anything) would they ever pay for you to get certified as a trainer and work there? I do not know the industry, but it never hurts to get information and to be informed.
As to possibly owning your own shop, I would recommend a couple things. 1. Teach yourself to sew as much as you can now before you go to school to learn. This gives you experience to know where you are naturally gifted and where your weaknesses are. Put effort in now (if you have not already done so) to see if you love doing it. Watch YouTube videos, etc.
2. If you think you want to run your own shop, then it might be good to learn business and go to business school to help you learn about marketing, finances, managing staff, communication, etc. If what I just said is NOT interesting to you, then you might need a business partner or "someone" to run the business while you stay focused on being the designer. There is a lot to running a small business on your own and it is a completely different discipline than being a designer. While you could probably do both, you want to put your energies and focus on the things you LOVE most and not on things that will drain you and take your focus OFF of your passion(s).
Do not let 'school' stand in the way of doing what you want. Start now. If you already know you want to do both fashion and training, there is no reason to start 'after school'. The BEST time to know if you like something is before you go to school. I am impressed that you have both of these passions and know what you want to do. There is no reason you cannot do both. The only reason to choose only ONE passion is that you have a limited amount of hours in a week to work, sleep, eat, socialize, and perhaps have a family. If you do both jobs, how will you manage your time? Do you work full-time Monday-Friday at the shop and work only the weekends at the gym? Do you work only nights at the gym after you have worked all day at the shop? Maybe you are a personal trainer and only have one or two clients 2 or 3 times a week and you meet with them before you go to the shop for an hour alternating days. If so, you have to know that one hour with them each morning might take you 2-3 hours of time each morning (getting ready in the morning and driving there and back, plus training them). There are many ways you can make it work...I just am giving you scenarios to think about. You can do anything if you have the determination to learn and persevere. If you pursue both of these things, likely you will enjoy one more than the other and maybe that is where you focus your education, effort, and energies.
Best of luck! Kelli
As your career progresses, you can see where your major interest lies and where you are more successful. Based on this, you can decide which career to focus more energy towards.
However, since you will be working on two careers, you will have to put in extra efforts and work hard. Best of Luck!
The reason I asked you to think of choosing only one is to see if your heart/mind has a preference. Also, I think 'fashion designer' and 'gym trainer' are terms that have many meanings in the field. When you say 'fashion designer' do you see yourself as a designer working in a fashion house in a major city or do you see yourself designing your own clothes in a city where you live selling your designs in your own shop? Working in a fashion house for someone else is different than working for yourself. So, you might want to do research on how to be a fashion designer and see if you have the personal drive and skills/talent to do it. I love shows like Project Runway, Making the Cut, and Next in Fashion, and I see those that have the talent and a unique aesthetic and sometimes they execute the challenges well, and sometimes they don't (of course, they have serious time constraints). This is what I think of when I hear "fashion designer".
I assume as a gym trainer, you may mean working at a gym OR being a personal trainer, or maybe a physical education teacher. If you want to TEACH physical education then that would require a college degree, but if you want to be a personal trainer where you get people moving and doing a program with you, then I think you can do this through certifications, which you could start earning now and while going to fashion school. In order for us to give you better advice, you might need to clarify for us what you have in mind. I saw your comment that you were asking what kind of institution would provide courses for both professions and I would be surprised if there was one, because they are unique disciplines, but I have not looked.
Please let us know what you would see yourself doing in either profession and let us know how big your dreams are (e.g. a fashion designer creating red carpet that actresses would wear? etc.).
1. First, determine if you would like to study in your current country or study abroad. If unsure, choose a mixture of schools across countries.
2. Then, look into school programs that are known for Fashion Design as well as for Nutrition or Physical Education. This can be done via a bit of time using Google and talking to your current school's counselors. Take the time to jot down the schools whose programs interest you, their cost, pre-requisite in grades/tests, and the type of campus life they offer to find your best fit.
- You may find some schools offer both programs but it may very well be that schools are niche and known for one program over another, and you need to choose a program and school that you like the most. For example, NYU in NYC has programs in both fields but they are different schools (Tisch for fashion and Steinhardt for nutrition). If you end up liking one program more than the other, in your Sophomore year you can look to transfer to the other. Also, NYC has some amazing schools for fashion design including FIT and Parsons and Tisch - these do not offer physical education so you may come to the point where you need to choose.
- Rather than choosing JUST fashion schools, choose a mixture of fashion schools, schools known for nutrition/phys- ed, and some schools that are more generalized and provide you both fields. You can then get even more specific by having a few reach schools (ones you really want to go to but may be difficult to be accepted), target schools, and safety schools (ones you know will be easy to get into). Once you get your list of acceptances, you can weigh your options and choose the school that is best for you.
Some other food for thought:
- When applying for a fashion school, you may need a portfolio so i suggest start creating now! Take art, design or sewing/knitting classes if you can or YouTube videos to start designing :)
- Once in college, you can always explore your other passion in a different way. For example: joining an extracurricular club, working at a gym, interning at a fashion agency.
My biggest advice in all of this is to go with your heart! And if you do end up studying one thing over another and changing your mind later, it's never too late to change your major or career down the line. Often times, careers evolve and can be different from what someone first studied. You can also explore a passion in addition to your career or even have two careers (e.g. working at a gym or as a nutritionist while also designing clothes on the side). Best of luck in your new adventure!!!