If you’re one of those who want to work in the fashion industry, you’ll know it beforehand. You’ll do everything possible to get an insight into this world, like reading magazines and following blogs, definite love for fashion and style. However, figuring out how to get there can be a bit intimidating.
The industry itself is filled with such diverse careers, each allowing you to perform varying tasks and gain different benefits. Usually, there is a lot of competition for these jobs, which can make it tough to break into a specific field. However, we’ve narrowed down a few pros and cons for you, for working at different levels in the industry, be it a designer or an established retail company. Scroll down to read these in detail:
A START-UP: A start-up label/brand is like a baby that needs to be cared for at every step, with lots of love, care, and patience. With that said, it can be both an incredible experience and highly terrifying at the same time.
Pros- It allows for rapid growth in a creative and innovative environment. It’s an ever-growing workplace with loads of opportunities for learning and a platform to take on added responsibilities. You’re also paid in a start-up based on your skill sets as compared to a large company. Because, if the start-up grows, you get the chance to reach the top level soon. You work closely with your most senior authority or even your boss which will make you have an intense understanding of the business.
Cons- While it is a great place to learn, start-ups are known for stressful work hours and overburdened employees, with fewer leaves to take. There are only a few chances for an investor to maintain his constant funding so chances are you might start off with small pay and the salaries may never be fixed.
A LARGE RETAIL COMPANY: The first impression of working at a company, it has a name! And that name gets added to your resume, no matter your role in the company.
Pros- You have access to a range of benefits, from healthcare to major discounts at branded stores and so on. Larger companies tend to have many branch offices which indicate a good chance to travel all over the country or even internationally! You’d also be interacting with a lot of people who have different roles within the company, and you’d be gaining much more knowledge than you ever did anywhere else. A few companies offer job security after a certain term and pension payments, depending on what sector you work in.
Cons – Each large and established company has a strict and uniform culture. Often it gets a bit too hard to adhere to that culture since there’s no stream for change and it gets boring after a while. Many work their way through it, some may not. Also, it’s harder to get decisions made and employees have less autonomy. You might have an utterly brilliant idea but by the time all approvals get through, there’s a good chance it may not even resemble what you started with.
AN ESTABLISHED LABEL: Try getting a job at a big, established brand and you won’t have any trouble explaining to your friends and family when they ask where you work.
Pros- Big companies mean big numbers. There’s a lot of money at stake and more people are seen working for the betterment of the brand. As a result, you get to learn a lot about core business practices, about design, management, sales (offline and online), production, fabric requirements and so much more. Also, working for a top brand name holds a major advantage when applying for future jobs. Another point, you get a built-in network. It’s like having a brand name on your resume, you have the benefit of being part of a large network of current and former employees with whom you can easily connect with on social platforms for needed recommendations and referrals in the future.
Cons- Your responsibilities may be narrow. Often big brands have very specific job functions, you’d have to focus on doing a single job. Chances are you’ll never meet or work with the leadership team if you’re working for a big name. Another major truth, it’s going to be very difficult for you to leave the job, it’s hard to give up a stable income, perks and clear role progression. There’s going to be a lot of competition within the brand itself because, in the end, everyone wants to get ahead, even if it means stepping on your junior’s growing potential and success.
A DESIGNER: Working for a designer is a desirable role, at an entry-level fashion job especially. It is also one of the most controversial roles at the same time.
Pros- Working for a designer, you could be helping to create looks for editorial content or assisting on major fashion shoots. It’s a way into an immense contact network. If you’re somebody that lives and breathes fashion, assisting a top designer can be a lifelong dream. You’ll be at the center of every creative process and would learn the importance of attention to detail. If you’re single-handedly working closely with the designer, you’d get the chance to travel alongside your boss to exotic shoot locations and one of a kind fashion publications.
Cons- You’re constantly reminded that your position is replaceable since there is so much competition. There’s low starting pay, overtime, menial tasks and they’re all part of the job description, even if it’s not mentioned in writing. You’ll be constantly under pressure, doing all the backend work and it can get extremely hectic at times. As a result, it can mentally and emotionally drain you out and the line between personal time and work time gets blurred.
But hey, if you have the determination, the talent and the willingness to do what it takes to become successful, there’s nothing that can stop you, no matter what the role, the designation or job type. Plus, it’s always good to get the right kind of exposure regardless of where you start. Although here’s one thing you should know for sure – Always work your way up the ladder and you’ll do JUST FINE!