Fashion Forward: Career Workshops Part 2

Careers + Advice
Continuing on from yesterday’s blog post, FAD’s Communications Manager Fran gives us an insight into the second day of career workshops held at The Fashion textiles Museum in October and November this year.
‘Fashion Snap’: Choosing the Right Career Path



“The emphasis for the second day of FAD’s careers workshops is focused firmly on the world of work, and giving young people an insight into the breadth of careers available to them within the fashion and textiles industries.

To warm up, it all kicks off with a game of ‘Fashion Snap’, where the students are challenged to match industry roles with their correct descriptions. Then FAD gives a comprehensive presentation and Q&A session talking through over 40 different job roles available within fashion.

It’s fairly typical that when FAD first meets a young person they are set on becoming a fashion designer. Often, because of a lack of specialised careers information in schools, they have little knowledge of the other opportunities open to them. From marketing, visual merchandising and buying to fashion illustration, PR, journalism and garment technology, FAD workshops are about opening their eyes to possibilities, considering their strengths and matching those to the different roles within the industry.”

Meeting the Professionals

Catherine Reynolds giving a lively talk on Fashion PR & Communications

“In all FAD workshops it’s important to have an industry presence and no more so then in careers sessions. This autumn we were very lucky to have the following speakers on hand to talk through their industry experiences and give advice on careers – Catherine Reynolds, Founder of PR & Communications Agency ‘Our Assembly’; Toni Waller, Garment Technologist at Karen Millen; Trend Forecaster, Susana Patino Cubeiro and ethical knitwear designer of ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow‘, Anna-Maria Hesse.

As with the student panel on the first day, this is an amazing opportunity for teenagers to ask questions in a relaxed environment, and also to hear first-hand about the realities of working in industry. In my opinion it’s definitely one of the best parts of the two day workshop.

Trend Forecaster, Susana Patino Cubeiro

Ethical knitwear designer, Anna-Maria Hesse demonstrating some of her designs

The day ends with interactive sessions on trend forecasting and commercial awareness, where students visit local stores to analyse visual merchandising, and product placement.

We would like to say a huge thank to all our industry speakers and to our student panel for taking part in this autumn’s career workshops.”

Are you working in the fashion industry? Would you be interested in participating in future FAD career workshops with young people? Then please email:

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


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