Fashion Design Career: Beyond Academics Term Paper by Nicky

Fashion Design Career: Beyond Academics
A look at how life experience affects the potential success of a student in fashion design.
# 147647 | 1,519 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on May 29, 2011 in Business (Industries) , Education (Higher) , Art (Apparel/Fashion)

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This paper discusses how the field of fashion design is a high-pressure career and competition is tough and how a person that lacks the drive and ambition is likely to fail or burn out quickly in the industry. In particular, the paper approaches the problem of finding the right person for the fashion design industry by looking at the specific job characteristics and common reasons for burnout. It also examines the impact of life history on the ability to cope with the stresses and strive in the industry.

The Fashion Design Industry
Personality and Career Choice

From the Paper:

"A two or four year degree is usually necessary in order to enter into the industry (Princeton University, 2009). However, formal schooling is no guarantee that a person will be successful in the fashion industry. There are many that have graduated from a school of design to find out that they do not have what it takes to proceed. To succeed, the student must gain knowledge of various fabrics, business and marketing, and artistic endeavors. However, the most important element for the future designers is that they have to be willing to work and learn from mentors. The successful fashion designer works long hours for low pay (Princeton University, 2009). They have little chance for advancement and an even lower chance that they will someday be an internationally famous designer. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Princeton University (2009). Fashion Designer. Day In the Life. The Princeton Review. Retrieved April 19, 2009 from
  • Pulkinen, L., Kinnunen, U., & Kikki, K. (2002). Jyvaskyla Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS) : Life Situation Questionnaire of 42-Year-Olds 2001. Finnish Social Science Data Archive. 2002. Retrieved April 19, 2009 from

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