Fashion Forward: Career Workshops Part 1

Careers + Advice
Over October and November the FAD team were busy preparing 16-18 year olds for a career in the creative industries with two intensive ‘Fashion Forward’ workshops.

These free, two day workshops are designed to give teenagers a broad overview of their options – from higher education courses and apprenticeships, to applying for work experience and learning about the breadth of careers available to them within the fashion & textiles industry.

Over the next couple of blog posts we catch up with two members of the FAD team to learn more about how the charity is working hard to equip young people for a life in industry.

Written by Varsha Odedra, Volunteer Co-ordinator.
Making Informed Decisions

“Day one of the Fashion Forward workshops consists of students learning about the different courses they can apply to at universities all across the UK. It’s actually amazing how little they know about the different creative routes they can take outside of design. It’s about opening their eyes to other areas of the industry that may suit them better, as well as making them think carefully about what they want and need from a university course.

The morning session is followed by application workshops, from how to write the perfect personal statement and how to prepare for a university/job interview, to putting together a knockout portfolio. The students also learn how to compose a professional covering letter and creative CV, so they are prepared when it comes to future job and internship opportunities.”

From the Student’s Mouth: University Life

“The afternoon session is one of my favourite parts and exciting for the teenagers involved, as they get to take a look inside university life in London. Past FAD students, studying creative subjects at different universities, join us for panel discussions and an informal Q&A session.

This month we had a fantastic mix of young people and past Fashion Futures finalists on our panel. Nina,  BA Cordwainers Fashion Accessories student at The London College of Fashion; Foundation student Clara who is studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Design; Joel,  BA Fashion Design student from the University of East LondonCentral Saint Martins students Sinead, who is in her first year of Fashion Knitwear and Ola who just graduated from the BA Textile Design course; Luke who is finishing a menswear degree at Ravensbourne and Hector, who is studying fashion design at UCA.

The panel is a great way for teenagers to ask university students about their courses in a very open and unbiased way. Past FAD students can give advice on how to prepare for the start of university and what they should expect when they move onto higher education. They can also talk about the relevance of work experience and how to approach companies. All in all, it’s a fantastic insight for young people who are on the cusp of making big life decisions, and great for us at FAD to see past students doing so well in pursuit of their own creative careers.”

More Information

Varsha has been working with FAD since 2010. She works with past FAD students, co-ordinating volunteers to take part in various workshops and events such as the Fashion Forward university panel.

Are you interested in FAD holding a careers workshop at your school or college? For more informationplease get in touch!

FAD industry experiences made possible by the ‘Making Internships Happen’ scheme supported by:


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