Fashion, Retail, Consumer Products, Hospitality

Fashion is a large and complex industry encompassing design work (fashion designer or buyer of materials, such as textiles) as well as a variety of business-related functions (developing, managing, selling, and accounting for products and services). Retail involves the sale of goods or commodities directly to consumers. Typical career paths and training vary depending on both the company and its industry segment. The hospitality industry has many opportunities all focused on customer service, including Food and Beverage, Lodging and Accommodation, Travel, Tourism and Transportation, Leisure, and Recreation.

Finding Internships

The fashion and retail industries value candidates who are willing to “put themselves out there” and demonstrate a genuine interest in the field. An excellent resource is the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, which offers an annual case study competition. Winners of the competition receive financial awards, mentorship, and connections to internships in the industry. In hospitality, major hotel groups offer management training programs. These programs typically rotate candidates through several of their core business areas – food services, event management, front-desk operations, and housekeeping – with the intention of finding the right fit based on both the candidate’s and hotel’s needs.

Finding Jobs

Student groups and career clubs can help enhance key job skills and develop industry contacts. Consider taking a leadership role or taking a course that involves some form of quantitative activity, especially if you’re interested in fashion and retail merchandising. It is important to target your search so you can learn what qualifications are needed. Sometimes something as straight forward as previous experience will qualify you for full-time consideration, while in other cases, technical training may be necessary. Hotels may also offer entry level opportunities in specific support functions such as marketing and finance/accounting.

Graduate and Professional Programs

While specialized undergraduate programs prepare candidates for this industry, there is plenty of room for liberal arts students, especially in the business operations area. Before entering a graduate program, take some time to work in the industry to road-test your interest and gain the amount of experience that may be required. Smaller hotels and resorts may allow you to try your hand at various tasks, while larger establishments will have more defined roles.

Resource Spotlight: Vault

Vault is a valuable, comprehensive career planning tool – whether you have a career in mind, are not sure where to begin, or want some options to consider. Peruse this terrific resource to access numerous career guides, explore career fields, …

By Loredana George
Loredana George Assistant Director, Consulting, International Relations, Global Development, Education, Psychology, Global Health, Human Rights, & Alumni Engagement
Read more

…But How Do I Make The Right Choice?

It’s that time of year – you’re starting to hear back from volunteer sites, research opportunities, graduate schools, or internship/job applications. Now that you know what your possibilities are, how do you decide which one to pursue?

Making big decisions …

By Katie Fell
Katie Fell Assistant Director, Harvard College Still Deciding, Exploring, & Self-Assessment
Read more

A list of fashion industry jobs you didn’t know existed (and how to get them)

Article by HELENA BAMMANT

Link to original article: https://fashionjournal.com.au/fashion/translating-job-titles-in-fashion-industry/

Everything you need to know to grow a career in fashion.

Do you ever find yourself coming across job titles with no idea what they are? Or find yourself stalking people …

By Mignone Center for Career Success
Mignone Center for Career Success
Read more

Sidebar

Featured Resources

Firsthand Vault Guides

Job Market InsightsIn partnership withLightcast logo

Find a career that aligns with your career interests, see current salary projects, and identify skills you need to apply for that next job or internship.

There are two ways to use this tool below:

  1. By Keyword: Search for the name of the occupation you’re interested in.
  2. By Occupation: Not sure what job you’d like? See available occupations within this career pathway/industry.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Type in a keyword to select a relevant occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Contact & Location

Phone
617-495-2595
Address

Harvard University
54 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

MCS Hours

Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Mignone Center for Career Success (MCS) is committed to ensuring access to a broad range of information and opportunities across all sectors. Our website contains external content that may be useful to our learners. The inclusion of external content does not necessarily constitute endorsement, recommendation, or agreement with the information.