Fashion Panel Gives Students Career Advice

by DEEPA RAMUDAMU

Six panelists working in the fashion industry described the realities of their jobs and advised students on how to get their foot in the door during Careers in Fashion at the University Career Center yesterday.

The panel included two University of Maryland College Park students who interned at companies like Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and Bochic Jewelry.

Kate Juhl, program director for the UMD College of Arts and Humanities and University Career Center, moderated questions such as how students can market themselves and get jobs in fashion.

Christopher Schafer speaks to students next to Meg Ely and Nikki Billie Jean. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
Christopher Schafer speaks to students as he sits next to Meg Ely and Nikki Billie Jean.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities.

While many people see New York City and Los Angeles as the fashion hubs of the United States, the panelists stressed focusing on other cities to start their careers.

Washington D.C. and Baltimore, which are both near the university, are “two different animals for fashion,” said Christopher Schafer, founder of Christopher Schafer Clothier.

Students listen closely as the panelists talk about their careers and give advice. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
Students listen closely as the panelists talk about their careers and give advice.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities

The panelists stressed that social media and websites like LinkedIn are crucial to connect with employers as well as clients. All Things Ankara‘s Nikki Billie Jean advised that students keep their accounts as professional as possible. Panelists also advised students to have more than one resume in order to cover all their skills and qualities.

A student speaks to Madeline Albro after the panel ends. Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities
A student speaks to Madeline Albro after the panel ends.
Courtesy of Allene Abrahamian/College of Arts and Humanities

The panelists even talked about what to do after landing a job.

“You should also be able to answer questions like ‘what’s your competition doing?’ so that you can create ideas to give your company a leg up,”  said Madeline Albro, senior product line manager at Under Armour.

Oru Wonodi, a sophomore business and Spanish double major, said she came to the event after catching wind of it through fashion organization MasTERPiece!

One thing she said she learned was that while she develops her own brand, she can still design other types of clothing like wedding dresses for extra income.

Wonodi is also a fashion designer; she is the founder of NOVA Prints and Apparel, which she hopes will be nationally recognized by her senior year.

Models wear off NOVA Prints and Apparel clothing. Courtesy of Oru Wonodi
Models wear NOVA Prints and Apparel clothing.
Courtesy of Oru Wonodi

Upcoming fashion events on campus include a networking session and a book signing.

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