My qualification was vital to me getting the job I'm in. Throughout my course I gained a valuable skill-set that could be applied to any job, as well as specific aspects that enabled me to gain confidence in my field
What did you study, and what year did you graduate?
I studied Fashion Promotion (BA Hons) at the Cardiff Campus, and graduated in the summer of 2015. I have loved fashion since a very young age, but found I didn’t enjoy the process of garment design and construction. This led me to Fashion Promotion as I wanted to be able to learn about fashion whilst maintaining a creative outlet. The course gave me the freedom to experiment with fashion in other forms.
How do you think your
qualification has helped you?
My qualification was vital to me getting the job I'm in. Throughout my course I gained a valuable skill-set that could be applied to any job, as well as specific aspects that enabled me to gain confidence in my field. The qualification I have is quite unique, as it’s only available at a select number of universities. I think this is one of the reasons that made me stand out from other applicants.
Describe a typical
day in your current role?
I currently work as Fashion Assistant at QVC Shopping Channel, London.The role comprises three main components: pulling, styling and preparing a show; covering the live hours; and finally covering each fashion brand's promotional shoots.
I work on a shift pattern, so on a standard 11 hour shift I would have a minimum of two shows. In preparation for each show we need to find the items that will be featured in the live hour, pull items that we will be styling for the models to wear, and style these as well as the items used for backstage. Then we have to prepare the collection with key pieces that we have in our wardrobe.
We then cover the live hour where the selling happens! During this hour it is my responsibility to make sure the models are dressed and out on time – this is not always easy! We are also on headset with the directors, producers and backstage, which enables us to run a smooth show, receive updates on sales and changes to the current hour.
In addition to the live shows we have promotional shoots
that fashion stylists have to cover - these are usually long term projects that
take preparation and time. They can range from a video for an upcoming launch,
to a new promotional campaign for a new-featured brand.
Nonetheless, you’re working in live television so no day is the same. Sometimes it’s hectic- especially days when its 8am- 1am fashion, but it’s all good fun!
What have been the key achievements during your career?
I am proud that I found a job within the industry so soon after graduation. I want to thank my lecturers so much for enabling me to have the confidence and skills to be able to pursue my chosen career choice.
What would be your advice to someone wishing to follow your career path?
Be nice, be strong and have faith in what you do. It won’t always be easy but if you work hard, you will achieve great things.
Any other information that we may be interested in?
Alongside working at QVC I also work as a supporting artist in television and film. Most recently I have appeared in the BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and a Glasses Direct Advert.