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									      Research
      Strategize
      Customize                     Fashion
                                    Textile
                                    Design

    Your Career Goal to
                                    Technologies



    insure success
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    in the…
                 Fashion Industry
    All FTT concentrations are interrelated
    and interdependent with each other…

                                    Fashion Textile Technology
                                     Program Concentrations



              Merchandising/Marketing                Apparel Design


                                                           Product
                                                     [Apparel]

                       [Apparel]                      Development
                       Product
                     Development

                                   Fashion           Merchandising
    Apparel Design                 Textile Design
                                   Technologies


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                                                      Fashion/Textile
                                                    Design Technologies
    Your professional goal…


         What is it?




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    Your professional goal…

     Is it a Fashion Designer?

     Is it a Fashion Buyer or Manager?

     Maybe it’s a Product Development or
    Quality Control Professional…

4    or perhaps a CAD Designer?
     Your professional goal…


     A variety of career options are available
    relating to all of the FTT fashion concentrations.

     New career options are emerging every day.



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     Your professional goal…

     Only YOU will ultimately know what you
    are truly interested in.

     “Do what you love and the rest will
    follow…”


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     Your professional goal…


     Maybe you’re still at the stage where
    you don’t have any “clue” yet of what it is
    more specifically that you would love to
    do professionally in the fashion industry?


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     Your professional goal…


     Perhaps you only have a general “idea” that
    you are interested in the areas of merchandising
    or fashion or technical design or quality control
    or even some type of product development
    option……


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     If that is where you are coming from…




       Your professional goal…

    … begin your fashion studies by taking a
    beginning course from each concentration. It can
    only strengthen your overall goal and may even
    lead to a new dual or additional career path…
                                 Product
                           [apparel]                                 Fashion/Textile
     Apparel Design                             Merchandising
                            Development                            Design Technologies


     FTT109: Apparel    TEC200: Total Quality   FTT150: Intro to     FTT304: Pattern
     Assembly Process     Management or             Fashion          Development for
                           FTT300: Knit          Merchandising          Industry
                            Technology
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      Maybe…


      You Do Have a Clue …

     …you “generally” already know what
     fashion concentration you favor but are
     not aware of the variety of professional
     career paths that are related to your
     option.

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     You need to …


      STRATEGIZE …

      … your career path to expand your
     options…



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       “How,” you may ask, “may I do that?”
      Possibilities to strategizing -


      Your professional goal…

      You can expand your options.

     Careful planning of relevant coursework could place
     you to the front of the entry-level line.

      Expanded qualifications and industry experience have
     the potential to open you up for more professional
     opportunities as they arise.


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          “How,” you may ask, “can I expand my career options?”
        Research, Research, Research


      Your Options…

     Begin this part of your career strategy by
     researching all professional job descriptions that
     directly and even indirectly correlate and will
     strengthen your primary professional interest.



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      But where do you begin?

      Search engines [general and
     specialized].
      Corporate Career Pages.
      Job Sections of Trade and Major papers.


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     Some Examples of…

     Search Engines
     [general and specialized]


         Monster
        Yahoo Hot Jobs
        CareerBuilder
        StyleCareers

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     Some Examples of…


      Corporate Career Pages …

      Retailology [Federated]
      Target Career Page
      The Limited Brands Career Page
      JC Penney Career Page


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     Some Examples of…


      Employment Sections…

     Job Sections of Trade and Major
     papers.
        NY Times
        FashionCareers.com

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     Some Examples of…


     Job Titles for...

         Apparel Design
         Product Development [apparel]
         Merchandising
         Fashion/Textile Design Technologies
     Note: Some of the listed job titles will require cross training. Similar positions
     can be options for differing FTT concentrations with selective cross training.
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                       Apparel Design




     Fashion Designer, Assistant [w/design foundation
     courses or design minor]

     Technical Designer [Must know trends in fit, spec and
     style. Knowledge of Textile Design, costing and sourcing]

     CAD Apparel Product Designer [Must know trends
     in apparel, spec and style. Knowledge of Textile Design,
     costing and sourcing]

     Pattern Maker
     Marker Maker

     Theater Costuming [Performing Arts courses
     recommended]


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                         Product
                     [apparel]

                     Development



     Quality Control Technician

     Costing and Sourcing Specialist

     Technical Spec Professional

     Trend Specialist/Forecaster

     Textile Sales

     Knitwear Designer [DES foundation courses
     recommended]




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                             Fashion/ Textile
                            Design Technologies



            CAD Designer [design foundation and fiber DES courses]
            Fashion Designer [w/apparel design courses and design
            foundation courses]

            Digital Colorist [w/design foundation courses or DES
            minor]


     Technical Designer              Textile Surface Designer
     Graphic Designer [fashion]      [design foundation and fiber DES courses]

     Trend Specialist/Forecaster
                                            Print CAD Designer
     Design Product Development
                                            Weave CAD Designer
     CAD Tech Support
                                            Knit CAD Designer

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                      Merchandising



     Merchandise Management
     Merchandise Buyer
     Merchandise Representative
     Quality Control
     Fashion Trend Journalist
     Visual Display [w/design foundation courses or DES minor]
     Visual Merchandising [w/design foundation courses or DES
     minor]

     Trend Specialist/Forecaster
     Stylist [w/design foundation courses or DES minor]
     Product Designer [knowledge of trends is important also CAD skills
     from F/T Design Tech and DES foundations]
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      After you have reviewed job titles in all areas
      are you CONFUSED about the generic terms…


       CAD and Product development?
                   If so – join the crowd you have plenty of company.


     CAD    – refers to computer aided design. It can relate to any and all
     types of design work on computers from surface design graphics to
     technical specs and pattern or marker making for industry.
     Product Development – literally can refer to “any” product
     in the world. The primary product for the product development
     concentration in FTT is apparel. The primary products that can be
     developed in Fashion/Textile design Technologies are surface designs
     and even some home or fashion products they are applied on to.


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                    Read the job description carefully…
       Maybe your dream is …




        to start your own business?


     TFI [Toronto Fashion Incubator] fashion business resources
     The Fashion Center [NYC]
      Pool Trade Show
                                                                       BSC

                BOOKS                                            Small Business
                                                               Development Center

                 Fashion For Profit
                 The Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing
                  FAQ
                 The Official Step By Step Guide to Starting a Clothing Line
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     Begin your research now…


     Customize your employment research

        ID your primary job goal.
        Weekly journal and research.
        Review your notes.
        Summarize your research.
        List all high priority industry expectations for
         these entry-level positions.
        Make note of what is expected for mid or
         senior level positions.
        Create your customized “plan of action.”
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     After your research, what else?


     Plan your cross training carefully….

       Determine your plan of action in college based on your
     ongoing employment opportunity research.

     You could select:

         - courses whenever there are “options” in your required
         concentration.
         - a dual FTT concentration.
         - cross training courses in fashion.
         - electives from other programs on or off campus that
         relate to skills prioritized in your employment research.
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     Customize your own FTT cross training…


     By selecting additional elective
     coursework from FTT courses -




           - based on your job research.


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     Or customize your own cross training…

     By selecting your electives from courses
     outside of FTT that correlate to your
     research -

                 -   Design courses
                 -   Communication courses
                 -   Business courses
                 -   Performing Arts courses
                 -   Fine Arts courses
                 -   Industrial Technology courses
                 -   Creative Studies courses
                 -   Science courses

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     Keep in mind that …


     Senior and management positions list skills from
     the following areas:




                    - Communication courses
                    - Business courses
                    - Creative Studies courses




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     What else?

         You need to strategize a Plan of Action -
         based on your ongoing employment research
         – maybe you will plan on:

        participating in the FIT 3/1 program.
        taking a language related to needs in your industry.
        participating in international Study Abroad Program.
        participating in one or more internship opportunities.
        participating in industry projects.
        participating in fashion shows.
        participating in Fashion Organizations.
        working part-time in a related field.


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     What else?

     3/1 Program at FIT in NY – in addition to
     your FTT concentration you can select -


        Fashion Design
        Accessory Design
        Textile Design
        Merchandising
        Textile Product Marketing
        Jewelry Design
        Advertising Design
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     What else?

     Based on your research what foreign
     language skills would enhance your career
     options?


        Mandarin Chinese
        European language        [French/Italian/German]

        Spanish
        Any other?

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     What else?

      Based on your research what
      international Study Abroad Programs
      would benefit you?

     Any international experience would be
     good …
        England
        China
        Australia
        Italy [Sienna Program]
        Just to name a few…
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                             BSC International Education Office
     What else?


     internship opportunities

       FIT Summer Internship in NY.
       Local Internship opportunities.
       Apply via corporate career page.
       Apply via employment search engines.
       You need to take the initiative and
      locate something right just for you.
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     What else?

      Opportunities are everywhere, try to …


      Participate in industry projects when they are
     offered.
      Participate in fashion shows when they are
     scheduled.
      Participate in Fashion Organizations: The FTT
     Fashion Club and AATCC chapter.
      Get some real-world employment experience
     by working part-time in related field.
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     What else?

      Prepare your career goal tools of the trade…



      Your Professional Resume.
                                         BSC Career Development Center



      Your professional portfolio is one of your
     most influential tools if you are applying
     for any type of fashion or technical or CAD
     designer position.
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          Tip: Don’t Forget to read “Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work”
     What else?


      Network, Network, Network ….

      …networking connections are “golden keys to
     professional opportunities.”

       Professors
       Internship contacts
       Classmates
       Alumni
       Trade show contacts
       Never pass up an opportunity to network – it’s
37     a small world.
     What else?


      Try to Attend Trade Shows….

      Trade Shows – any and all related to the
     area you are interested in.
      Primere Vision
      Magic
        Sourcing at Magic
      Surtex
      Printsource
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     What else?

     Find out what’s stopping you?
     Eliminate all potential roadblocks…
       Is it $$$?    Financial Aid Office

       Or family?                BSC Counseling Center
       Relationship issues?
       Or could it be a lack of focus?
       If you feel yourself giving up too easily maybe it’s an
      absence of passion and drive for going after what you claim
      to love?
       Maybe it’s lack of persistence to refuse to give up on your
      dream?
       Or maybe it’s just your own fear of success may be
      stopping you?
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                      The bottom line is….
     It’s all up to you!


     You have the power …

              …to make your dreams a reality!



      GO FOR IT!
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       Dreams can and do come true



     … with a little help and
     creative planning by you!


                            You can “make them happen!
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      Research, Strategize & Customize your Career Goal created by:




     Elaine Polvinen, M.F.A., Professor




        Fashion Textile Technology Program
        At
        Buffalo State College




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