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What type of jobs are in the fashion idustry?

I'm really interested in fashion but, I'm not sure.I'm scared I won't get paid enough.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Zaraiya !

Since you already live in one of the best locales for fashion, you have a head start ! To begin with, you need not worry about salary just now as there are many conditions around that and it would be impossible to generalize salaries based on what you've asked. It is traditionally a well paid field of work for professionals who usually begin small and work their way up the ladder of industry notoriety and success. There's no room for worry for something that can't be measured today, but you must always follow your dreams and instincts.

The actual work in the industry is very diverse and I recommend enrolling in a fashion institute where you will have the great opportunity to learn all aspects of fashion. By doing this, you can discover which niche you want to pursue. In this organized way, you will also meet the right people, do projects that will bring out your creativity and be around professionals that have experience in the industry. I do not recommend modeling, however. Models are a whole different field because although they display fashion, models are expected to be available for acting in commercials and videos, too, as well as print ads that are not about fashion and other things. You will have to dedicate 24/7 to becoming a model. But if that is the area you want to go into, do not hesitate to ask specific questions about it.

You have also asked what type of jobs are out there in the fashion world. You can consider the following types of job : Sales, Merchandiser, Stylist, Public Relations, Inventory Planner, Account Manager, Retail Buyer, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Textile Designer, Creative Director, Product Developer, Technical Designer, Quality Assurance Manager or Production Manager. By going to a fashion school, you will discover where your heart is leading to. This field of work is highly dependent on people getting to know you, becoming familiar with your work and name, and a good way to do this is through fashion school. Networking is crucial.

I would advise approaching this one step at a time. As I mentioned, you are located right there in New York City which will bring you many opportunities and beneficial experiences ! It's an exciting and fulfilling field of work, but just like many other careers, it requires small steps at first, learn all you can, and at one point you will realize a wonderful career !

Best wishes on your road to a successful career in the fashion industry !
Thank you comment icon Great advice! Thank you for sharing, Michelle! yoonji KIM, Admin
Thank you comment icon Thank you, yoonji KIM ! I am happy to contribute ! Michelle Marotta
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Yanna’s Answer

The initial thought that pops into my head is to become a model. In reality, the fashion industry provides a variety of career options. These include roles such as a model, designer, stylist, makeup artist, photographer, agent, financial manager, and personal assistant. Here's wishing you the best of luck and a fun journey ahead.
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Sana’s Answer

The fashion industry is brimming with exciting roles! You could explore creative fields such as fashion design or styling, delve into the business side with merchandising, or even combine creativity and business as a visual merchandiser. If you love sharing your passion, you might enjoy being a fashion content creator. There's a world of opportunities waiting for you!
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Janet’s Answer

Hi Zaraiya, my career has been in the fashion industry. There are many different ways to be in this industry. I started in retail on the sales floor when I was in high school and college. I quickly became a buyer for a few local retail stores, which was very fun. I attended many trade shows and was able to choose the clothing and accessories for the stores I was a buyer for. I then moved into Wholesale and worked for a footwear manufacturer as a Visual Merchandiser. I would travel to stores that carried the brand and did the merchandising for them. I also spent a few years in marketing. I opened my own boutique at one point but ultimately went back to work for a big brand in sales. Here I started as a visual merchandiser and worked my way up to a Senior Account Representative. I currently sell to online stores such as Shopbop, Victoria's Secret to name a few. As you can see my entire career started in retail. This gave me the skills I needed to learn the fashion industry and I'm so happy I did!!
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