The fashion industry is expected to grow by 4.5% in 2019. 

This growth means that new job openings are being created, as companies try to cater to the increase in demand.  Thus, if you’re looking to change careers, and you like fashion, now is an excellent time to earn a living from your passion for fashion. 

Below you’ll find five tips that’ll show you how to get into the fashion industry. If you’re sick of your current job, this post will show you how to change your life, by changing your career. 

Let’s begin!  

1. What Kind of Role Do You Want?

The fashion industry is enormous, and there are plenty of roles on offer. But not all these roles will be a good match for you, and you need to figure out which one you’d like best.

Ideally, it helps to find a role that aligns with your skills or passions.

For example, if you like photography,  it makes sense that you’d want to become a fashion photographer. But, if you like the business side of things, you might want to look into working in a management role.

It’s also worth noting there are many different subcategories in the fashion industry.

To improve your odds of finding a job you like, it helps to identify which subcategory is best suited to your needs. So, if you’re a big fan of leather briefcases for men, you should look for roles within this sector of the fashion industry. 

2. Improve Your Skills

Once you’ve identified a role that looks like a good fit, you should think about how you can get some skills that’ll make it easier for you to land a job.

So, if you want to become a photographer, you might want to take some classes on photography.

It’s important to note that you can take online classes, or you can attend a college of some sort. If you’re short on cash, you might even want to learn with the help of YouTube.

As you build your skills, it’s also a good idea to create a portfolio, especially if your desired role is creative. Using the photography example from earlier, this might mean you take photos for free, in exchange for the ability to show the work in a portfolio.

You may also want to build a website so you have a place to showcase this work.

Ideally, you want to make sure this website is easy to find in Google so people will come across it. But this will only happen if you know how to build backlinks to your site. If you’d like to find out how you can do this, visit here for more info.

3. Get an Internship 

Internships can often be a gateway to future opportunities if used the right way.

For instance, if you land an internship at a company and you do a good job, they may be willing to hire you for another related role within the company.

Of course, the fashion industry is competitive and landing these internships can be difficult. That said, if you’ve taken the steps mentioned earlier, you should be able to separate yourself from the pack.

You might want to set up some alerts on job websites so you’re sent an email whenever a relevant internship opportunity is posted.

You may even want to write out a list of companies you’d like to work at, and then make it a point to check their careers page every day.

If you don’t see any advertised opportunities, there’s the option of reaching out to the relevant HR team and asking them if there are any openings.  

4. Find a Mentor

If you want to avoid making some beginner mistakes, it can be a good idea to find a mentor that can guide you through your career.

At the very least, you might want to find someone that’s working in the kind of role you want to secure, of whom will have a ‘one-off’ conversation with you.

If you have a particular job title in mind, you can find relevant people by using the LinkedIn search feature.

If you find someone that looks as though they’d be able to help you, it’s essential you approach them in the most respectful manner possible.

Reach out them and explain who you are, what you want to achieve, and whether they’d be willing to talk to you for a small amount of time.

If you can clearly communicate what you’d like help with, it’ll increase your odds of success. This is because the other person will know what they’re getting into and will, therefore, have a better sense of how long everything is going to take.

If you want to make things easier for the potential mentor, you may want to ask them to have a conversation with you over Skype, rather than in person.

5. Is It Time to Go International?

In some cases, you may struggle to find opportunities in your local area. If this happens, you may need to broaden your search, and this might mean you look for opportunities in other countries.

Now, this is a scary thought, but it’s something you should consider if you’re desperate to work in the fashion industry. If you don’t take this step, you may find yourself waiting for months, or even years, as you try to land a role.

Do You Know How to Get into the Fashion Industry?

If you’ve always wanted to know how to get into the fashion industry, the tips in here should help bring you up to speed. 

There are a lot of other people that want to work in the fashion industry, and this can make it difficult to land a job. This is something you’ll have to contend with and it might result in you missing out on some opportunities. 

It’s important you don’t let the losses get you down. If you’re upset about missing out on a certain position, remember that the fashion industry is growing. This means that sooner or later, an equal or better role will some come around. 

You’ll improve your odds of landing a job if you know about the future of the fashion industry. Read this blog post to learn about ‘smart fashion’ and how it will shape future fashion trends. 

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The app market is extremely saturated. But the mobile market is still gathering Mobile apps have changed how we work, live, connect and what we do for entertainment. Mobile apps will continue to shape the thoughts consumers, small businesses, enterprises, and even the government.

Forrester expects that more than 25% of companies will use mobile not as a channel, but as a fully integrated part of their overall strategy. They believe 2016 will be the most consequential year for companies on the path to customer obsession, and that includes adapting empowered customers who expect to get anything they want immediately, in context on their mobile devices.

There is still a lot of demand for apps. Mobile apps have evolved beyond providing just information. Artificial intelligent and voice-based personal assistants are inspiring conversational and smart apps.

But most app developers are struggling to get attention. Majority of app developers don’t get rewarded for their efforts. Most apps don’t generate profits but serve as an extension of an existing business. And he vast majority of apps are free.

In-app purchases and advertising allow app creators to make money off their free apps. There are only few hits though. Here is what some redditors think about the prospects ofaunching an app.

1. kevinbracken

Absolutely, yes they do. I sold my fitness app last year to a larger company, and know many people whose app-based companies are making money.

However, the thing that many people fail to realize is that you are not building “an app,” you are building a business, and mobile is simply the fastest-growing channel in the world. You can do your own research but in the not-so-distant future, mobile will make up the vast majority of all web traffic and online sales.

To answer the second part of your question, if you have limited resources, absolutely target iOS. Notice how when new, serious companies with venture financing and previously successful founders start companies, they launch iOS apps first. Reasons:

  • iOS users download more apps
  • iOS users spend considerably more through their phones
  • iOS users know they are iOS users. Don’t underestimate the importance of this: many Android users simply buy the cheapest phone and don’t spend much time thinking about downloading apps, would never put their credit card number in a phone, etc.

2. austincha

I created some apps for both the App Store and the Google Play store. The App Store is strict on the quality of apps they allow to be uploaded, so I then just focused on Android apps. I made simple games and even some Live Wallpaper apps. My best games only made a couple hundred dollars and the LWPs made about a hundred.

I’ve stopped creating apps because the payout wasn’t worth the time and effort I put into coding the apps. I’ll have to say 99% of the app developers out there are not making money for the time and effort they put into the apps.

3. ZeikCallaway

Android developer here. As others have pointed out, apps can still make money, but the days of just having an app for money are pretty much over. Apps become exponentially more powerful, and likely to be used if they’re complimentary to a bigger software or service.

Also when deciding Android vs iOS, if you can, you should target both because they’re pretty even as far as market share. If you had to pick just one to start, I can’t tell you which is better but from my perspective and experience, Android seems to be gaining more market share albeit very slowly but, iOS will have a more consistent experience.

In other words, some Android devices may not work with your app the way you expect, so even they do take a strong lead over iOS devices there will still be a number of them that have problems.

4. RPN

Of course they still make money. Actually now more than ever as every year the worldwide app revenue grows exponentially. AppAnnie predicts that gross revenue across all app stores will eclipse $100 Billion in 2020.

The problem is that it’s now more competitive than ever. For an independent developer it is getting increasingly difficult to make a living building apps.

5. EatSafeUK

A lot of people have a weird view on apps as if they are magical no effort cash cows. But you have to see it for what it is, simply a distribution platform.

Can you build an app, throw it out there and effortlessly get millions of downloads and rake on money? No.

But if you are developing a solution to a problem that is best served with mobile then an app is appropriate. My research for my current project showed that the problem was biggest when people were out and about, so a mobile app works best.

But it’s just the distribution method. The rest of the business is the same as before; you need to identify customers, you need to effectively promote, you need to push yourself in front of people.

The app store is too saturated to expect to be discovered there. But just like a real store, the brands on the shelves do everything they can to get you to want to buy their products before you ever get through the door. Its the same in the app world.

iOS does seem to have a less price sensitive user base though, so if you want to charge for the app they’re the best people to target.

6. the_brizzler

They haven’t died down. It is just harder for the average guy or gal to make sure it is discovered. Sort of like websites…anyone can build a website…but how do you get visitors?…well that takes some marketing and strategy.

There are plenty of people making a decent living making niche apps that serve a specific purpose. But if you are trying to make a flashlight app…forget about it…apple won’t even let you publish it since there are already too many. So you just have to be smart about what you make and how you get people to find your app.

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