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Welcome to the Jungle: AMC Career Expo 2014

FIT has always had a wonderful reputation of providing its students with one-of-a-kind learning experiences outside of 27th street. Every week on campus, there is another opportunity offered to students. Everyone at FIT, from professors to students, are so connected within their respected industries. Through those connections, internships and even entry level jobs are often easier to find than you may think! However, it does take a nice resume and a good head on your shoulders to nail it down ;)

To make it even better, FIT’s Special Events class puts on an annual Advertising & Marketing Career Expo, which is a fancier way of saying Job Fair. About 60 New York based companies gathered in the John E. Reeves Great Hall Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm in hopes to gain some new interns and even employees! Ranging from corporate fashion designers like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan to smaller boutique agencies like 24/7 Laundry Service, there is bound to be a company that interests you.

This years AMC Career Expo flyer!

This years AMC Career Expo flyer!

Students are able to walk around to different company tables and introduce themselves and start a conversation with these representatives. This was my first year to take advantage of this amazing opportunity that is offered to all AMC students.  Dressed to impress, I entered the Great Hall with a stomach full of butterflies. I didn’t know what to expect, or what companies I was hoping to talk to. It can be overwhelming walking into the hustle and bustle of a job fair and immediately begin networking yourself. But I must admit, this was such good practice for me. I am a good conversationalist…once a conversation has begun. Sometimes I get nervous to be the one initiating the conversation, especially with professionals. However, this experience definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone in the best ways possible. I walked up to the table, introduced myself – and it only got easier and better from there!

I brought a few copies of my resume, ready to pass them out! All in all, I gave all of my resumes to different companies and had some great conversations with potential employers. They were all very curious about my past interning experiences, which I was happy to tell them about. In return, I asked a lot of questions about their companies and positions within their companies. Asking questions is important. It doesn’t make you look “dumb,” actually the exact opposite. It shows that you’re interested and want to learn more!

I walked away with 5 business cards, and potential internships for Spring 2015! The first thing I did when I got home was to type a follow-up email to the company contacts I was interested in pursuing. Within the email, I thanked them for their time and how I enjoyed chatting with them. I reiterated how I was interested in a possible internship and attached another copy of resume, just to be safe! The next morning, I had 2 emails from the top 2 companies I wanted to intern for! In both, they mentioned how it was so nice to receive a follow up email promptly. ALWAYS, send a follow up. The best follow up is a Thank You note, however email was the appropriate option for this situation.

I am so happy and grateful that I went to the Career Expo. It’s a great networking event for students who may not have much experience in the industry already, or who are looking to gain more experience. This is something that is so special and unique to FIT. If you didn’t take advantage of this event this year, be sure to keep your eyes out for next years flyer! You don’t want to miss this!!

xx,

Brendan

The Style Shop

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Have you been to the Style Shop yet? Definitely a necessary stop for any open house or admitted students day. Sure other colleges have bookstores or maybe even fancy boutiques, but I have never seen another university with a store run by students, for students with products made by students.

The Style Shop, located in the Dubinsky Student Center (turn left as you walk in), is run by the Merchandising Society. The Style Shop opened in 1996, and since then has been giving  students real-life retail experience right on 27th street. I sat down with co-manager Cathleen Cataldo to talk about the successful enterprise.

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

It seems like every FMM (Fashion Merchandising Management) student works or wants to work for the Style Shop. Why do you think there is such a huge interest?

I think a lot of people want to do it because it gives you real life experience on how to run your own business, especially for freshman coming in who may have never had retail experience before, and it’s something they can talk to interviewers about and put on their resumes. For management positions it is also really great experience because we are completely running the whole business on our own.

So how does the Style Shop work? What are the basics everyone needs to know?

There are four different buying teams. First there is the industry buying team that goes out to different wholesalers throughout New York City and buys mostly costume jewelry. Then we have our vintage buying team that goes out to different thrift stores and buys cool and unique clothing for the most part. There is the designer buying team that buys from FIT faculty, students and alumni. They are buying one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces made by the FIT community. Lastly, there is Product Development that actually works with vendors to create FIT slash Style Shop branded merchandise like printed t-shirts, laptop bags, in the past they have done iPhone cases, stuff like that. What was a huge huge seller for us this year was the “spirit jerseys”  that say “Fashion Institute New York” on the back. Yeah, that was definitely our biggest seller and we’re actually waiting for a new shipment to get in today hopefully. They sold out on the first day.

The popular spirit jerseys

The popular spirit jerseys

So what sells the best? Industry, Designer Vintage or Product Development?

A lot of people come into the store looking for merchandise made by FIT students -  the designer stuff. However, industry makes the most sales penetration wise, just because their merchandise is very inexpensive. So those are the top two departments overall for sales. Okay, if you want me to go through all of them: for product development, the spirit jerseys are the top seller. For designer, I mean it’s a combination of things. Everyone likes the jewelry, but right now designer has some great velvet chokers that have been selling really well. For industry, just the statement necklaces always do really well, and for vintage it’s their cool, unique clothing. It’s not necessarily “vintage” but it is all bought at thrift stores. Just cool pieces that can’t be found at your average store.

Who are the main players within the Style Shop team?

I’ll explain the entire management process. So, myself and Nicole Gabriel are the two co-managers and we oversee twelve different departments. The four buying teams which I mentioned earlier, plus the visual merchandising team that does all the visuals for the store. We also have a marketing team, a PR team, we have store operations, human resources, and the finance, planning and digital teams.

So how long have you been in the Merchandising Society?

I’ve been in since by first semester at FIT…

And you’re graduating in May so –

Yeah, so all four years. I started out in the Style Shop with a small management position my first semester. So I’ve been very involved for all four years and that’s how I got to where I am today.

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

So what’s your favorite piece in the store right now?

Favorite piece right now? Oh man, that’s really tough. I’d have to say, umm…there’s a lot of vintage pieces, like our vintage buyer brings in a lot of really cool, unique vintage clothing and those are always some of my favorites. And those velvet chokers, those are really cool.

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and any questions about the Style Shop can be sent to styleshopfit@gmail.com

If you’re interested in the Merchandising Society you can visit their website here.

–Emily–

Student Life at FIT

Recently, I saw a comment asking us to talk more about what student life is like at FIT. And I had to stop and think about it before I could come to a clear realization about life here. We are not like any other school in the country. Many larger, more traditional colleges will proclaim their student life “highlights” in brochures or on Admitted Students day, but we aren’t a traditional school. We don’t have a football team that everyone goes and watches on the weekends, or huge theatrical events that involve hundreds of people.

At FIT student life is what you make it. There are many amazing events on campus, which I think a lot of my fellow bloggers have talked about extensively (see Brendon’s post Girl Code @ FIT or Kailee’s post about No Impact Week at FIT), but really all of New York City is an extension of our campus. While there are a lot of posts about what is going on at the school, there are also plenty about things we have done outside of school, for instance Aya’s post about NYFOL or Ashley’s Guide to NYC Talk Show Tickets. Being part of the crossroads of the world is a huge opportunity and advantage of going to school here.

Honestly, no matter what you apply it to, life is what you make of it. So if you are someone who loves getting involved with your peers there are a multitude of ways to be involved in school events. However, if you are someone who likes to do stuff more on your own, or with friends outside of school, there is obviously more than enough to experience in the city. My only advice would be not to get too caught up in school work. Yes, it is important and the reason you are here, but being a successful and well rounded person requires getting out there and meeting people, whether that be through a club or at a concert.

That being said, I think we all will be conscious of trying to show more of what student life at FIT is like if that is what people are interested in. And if you have any other questions or topics you would like to hear more about leave them in the comments!

–Emily–

Notes From the 6 Train: Hedwig & The Angry Inch

You can always tell when midterms or finals have arrived because a) the blog becomes un-characteristically barren or b) the few posts are information heavy and not about fun stuff. But, now that this time of the semester is over, we will all be back! Yay!

Hedwig & the Angry Inch Belasco Theatre

I want to talk about the incredible show I saw a few weeks ago. I got the pleasure of seeing Hedwig & The Angry Inch for 20 bucks, thanks to FIT and their student priced tickets. If you don’t know what this is, I’m sure you’ve been subjected to the one of a million posters that are posted throughout the MTA. This is, by far, one of the best perks of being a student in NYC. If you’ve been following the blog for a while you will remember that I got to see A Raisin In the Sun (starring Denzel Washington) last semester. Hedwig & The Angry Inch is a Tony award winning musical playing on Broadway, starring Michael C. Hall. Michael plays an East German transgendered singer whose the vocalist for a rock band. Everything about the show was phenomenal. The plot was fresh (what better time to have seen this then in October, which is LGBT month), the music ranged from rock ballads to nearly screamo, but every song was performed flawlessly. The set the musical was constantly changing and kept the audience engaged. Finally, the hair, makeup and outfits were spectacular.

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I really enjoy going to plays via FIT because I am usually sitting next to another FIT student, so I get to meet new people that I have something in common with. And we know meeting people organically, create the strongest relationships.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Have the best registration EVER

While many dread the planning and prep and stress of registration, I LOVE IT.  I love being able to schedule my life and know how my following semester is going to look.  I thrive on planning and organizing so registration is my Christmas.  While I have made a post on registration every time it rolls around, there are important points to reinforce and introduce (and who wants to dig through thousands of posts):

  1. Talk to your academic advisor
    Make an appointment with your academic advisor even if you know what classes you have to take.  It is comforting to have your schedule and courses solidified by those who know best.  Also, for those who don’t know, not all courses are available to all majors – including liberal arts.  Therefore, it is best to make an appointment before you register!  Here is the link to make an appointment: http://www.fitnyc.edu/13575.asp
  2. Plan Ahead
    Once you have the classes that you are planning on taking, make up your schedule.  Map out a tentative schedule and plan out your biggest/most important/longest classes first and revolve your classes around that.
  3. Write down the CRN codes
    The CRN codes are the first things that you can type in to register for all your classes.  If you have all the CRN codes for your classes, you type them in when it’s your registration time, hit submit and you’re all set. 
  4. Be flexible
    This one isn’t the easiest, especially for me.  Sometimes you won’t get the classes you want so you have to be prepared to move your schedule around.
  5. Don’t stress
    Registration is exciting because that means you are one semester closer to graduating. Keep your chin up and know that winter break is soon!

Ashley

The FIT Job Fair

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Each semester the Career and Internship Center hosts a job fair that has over fifty different companies and even more potential employers. Despite being a senior, I attended this fair for the first time yesterday.

Although it is called a “job” fair, many companies are also looking for interns. Ralph Lauren and J.Crew are two companies that have programs set up for summers of rising seniors. Unfortunately, I am not eligible for these as I am going to be graduating, but it was extremely helpful to have this “practice run” and see not only which companies attend, but how their representatives interact with the students.

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Macy’s is always a popular table

The fair is very fast paced as there are usually lines, some quite long, to meet with one or two representatives for each company. For the most part it is a two to five minute conversation discussing your ideal department to be placed in, as well as the steps for applying. Having many copies of your resume is absolutely necessary as everyone you meet will take one and make notes on it to remember you. Having some examples of your work is a good idea. Although none of the employers asked to see mine, even when offered, those applying for design positions often were asked.

A nice touch is to bring your business cards with your email and a link to your online portfolio or website, although it is certainly not necessary.

–Emily–

Notes From the 6 Train: Let’s Get Low(line)

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We’re not called the fashion institute if Technology for no reason. Within the last two weeks, I’ve gone to extremely engaging presentations about technology around the campus. The first was Disruptive Luxury about 3D printing. Sadie wrote a post about this that you should all check out. The second was about the Lowline. The Lowline, yes the name is inspired by the High Line, will be the world’d first underground park. The park is to be located in the Lower East Side, one-acre former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, just below Delancey Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The site was opened in 1908 for trolley passengers, but has been unused since 1948 when trolley service was discontinued. The creators of this project want to reclaim this area and make it a public space again.

How is this even possible you may ask? The park would be lit by natural light collected around the city & then funneled into the park to mimic the going-ons of nature outside. This is revolutionary. For New York city, this is game changing. With the city being so crowded, having the ability to create more public space and harnessing all spaces, above ground (High Line) or below like the (Low Line) is an interesting concept that can possibly alter new architecture in New York. There are a number of cities who’ve traveled underground to find more space. Argentina, Chile, Canada, China and a number of other cities have created “underground cities,” but none have created an underground park.

How is this related to fashion? These guests weren’t random. The organizers and faculty at FIT are aware of how interconnected New York City is. Forward thinkers connect, no matter the industry. Plus, so many career opportunities will emerge from projects like this (or other start-ups). For example, as this project continues the Lowline will need people to help with advertising, marketing, and even interior design, because they intend to have events in the space when the park is closed. To have these events, they would need the space to be properly furnished and well put together, they may even need someone who knows textiles well, to know which fabrics will hold up in this type of environment without being damaged. Earlier this year they set up a test Lowline to see how possible this idea was, the park was only around for two weeks (see photo below). Next year another test park will be created for the duration of the entire year for all to enjoy.

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As inhabitants of New York we’re exposed to endless opportunities and it’s our job to see where and how our skills and talents fit in. Luckily, we attend a school that helps us in this department. Use them.

Here’s the link to the Lowline website if you want to learn more about the project: http://www.thelowline.org/

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

A New Internship!

I wanted to write a quick blog post to you all to share some exciting news! I recently accepted an internship with SPI Marketing!!

What is SPI Marketing you ask? Well, SPI Marketing is a leading gay consumer / LGBT marketing firm located here in New York. SPI knows the urban and gay consumer better than anyone else. Companies seek out SPI to introduce them to the gay and lesbian market, or to reenergize their presence in this advantageous market! Some of their clients include ABSOLUT Vodka, Diet Pepsi, American Airlines, LOGO, Aquafina, IBM and many others.

Being an Advertising and Marketing Communications major, working with this company is right up my ally. When I was interviewing, we were discussing so many topics, and processes that I’ve studied in my major related classes! It’s so cool to see how it comes to life in the real world – definitely helps me learn.

You may be asking how I got the internship. Well, thankfully I maintained a great relationship with the man I interned for last year, Daniel Vosovic. Long story short, he sent my resume to some friends, they sent my resume to their friends, and voila! It shows the power of networking here in the city. Once you make a strong relationship with someone in the industry, it definitely benefits you later when looking for internships or jobs!

Don’t forget – most of all of our professors here at FIT have or are currently working in the industry! They are the perfect people to talk to about different opportunities.

I’ve only been in the SPI office one day so far, and it’s a very fun and relaxed environment! That makes me more comfortable as an intern to ask questions and actually learn! I’m so excited and grateful for this opportunity and I will definitely keep you all posted! :)

xx,

Brendan

We Like Sportz and We Don’t Care Who Knows

The FIT Tigers

The FIT Tigers

You better sit down, because I’m about to let you in on some information that might rock your world. FIT has sports teams. Yes, real sports teams that have practices, and uniforms and compete in competitions.

We are part of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) which is like the NCAA, only it’s for two-year schools. (Yes, I realize you can get a bachelor’s degree at FIT over four years but I don’t make the rules here people.) Unfortunately, this means that a student can only compete in a sport for two years. However, I have been told that a student can compete for one sport for two years, and another sport for the other two years.

There are men and women’s teams for cross country/half marathon, dance team, table tennis, tennis, track & field, and swimming & diving. Women can also participate on the soccer and volleyball teams.

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I play for the tennis team, and we just won regionals over the weekend. The FIT athletic teams have actually been very successful. If you go to the gym in the basement of the Business and Liberal Arts Center there are trophy cases filled to the brim with past regional and national championships.

Our first singles Regional champion, Nicole!

Our first singles Regional champion, Nicole!

We’re not playing Division 1 schools, nor is anyone getting scholarships based off their athletic abilities here, but sports are a part of life at FIT that many people do not realize. The tennis team has practice every day between classes and plays matches every weekend  in September and October. Because we won regionals we are continuing to nationals which are being held on the same courts where the U.S. Open is held!

Just because you are a student at a predominantly arts oriented university, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of competing in sports.

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Notes From The 6 Train: Matching Midterms!

It’s about that time… Midterms! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the free benefits offered at the FIT Health Center. Midterms is the time to check in with yourself to make sure you’re staying healthy and sane during midterms.

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Acupuncture: I know this can seem a little scary due to the number of little needles pocking your body, but it’s not nearly as frightening as it seems. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, I’ve gone twice already and am always completely at peace, usually I just fall asleep. When I wake up the acupuncturist has some type of helpful commentary. The first time I went she immediately took note of the minor scoliosis located in lower part of my back. She said as a result my body is a little off center, with one of my legs being a shorter than the other (it’s okay you can laugh). Anyways, she’s really kind and always make sure that you’re at ease.

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Massage: this semester I had my very first FIT massage. The messuage was very respectful, clean and attentive to your body’s responses. She constantly checked in with me to make sure that nothing was painful. I was also very relaxed here as well (that’s the point, right?) It was particularly helpful for me because she often works with a number of athletes and dancers, and used to be a dancer herself so she knows the wear and tear that comes with it. As an aerialist who trains at least 4.5 hours weekly, having someone who is familiar with a dancer’s body was comforting.

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Nutritionist: I am more physically active than I have been in a long time. As a result, I decided get a general check up on my eating habits and make sure that my body is getting all the nutrients it needs to operate at the optimal level. The nutritionist listened to all dietary concerns (I’m a vegetarian concerned that recently I’ve been replacing meat with too much carbs) and had plenty of suggestions and take home information. Some of the sheets were how to give your body what it needs for really cheap (golden information for us college students). She even suggested to get some bloodwork done (also at FIT for cheap/free) to make sure that I have all of full of the necessary nutrients and vitamins.

As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t have to be wealthy to be taken care of. It’s up to each ourselves to make sure that we give our body and spirit what it needs!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.