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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–

Love Your Library: Disruptive Luxury

Hi Everyone,

Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.

He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)

Some of the things I took away:

  • 3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
  • There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
  • Mathematical Models drive innovation.
  • We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
  • We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
  • 3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
  • We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
  • There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
  • In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
  • The future is in our hands.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Welcome or Welcome Back

Hi Everyone,

So yes, I admit it.. I have been absent for a while (but for good reason). I’m proud to tell you that I finally launched my project. InfoModa RD is the first digital Dominican Fashion Encyclopedia based on informational interviews of professionals in the fashion industry within the Dominican Republic. The website is meant to provide deeper knowledge of this industry (for me of course and everyone else) and support and promote Dominican talent. For now the website is just in Spanish but sooner rather than later we will have the English version. Feel free to check it out and follow us on instagram, twitter, Facebook and/or YouTube (yup I just promoted myself through this blog, I mean after all my knowledge comes from FIT). As I usually say “Lo bueno se comparte” which means you share the good stuff, so go ahead help me, help you learn more about one of the most attractive and fashionable countries in the Caribbean.

infomoda boceto final1On the other hand, I’m happy to report that starting this Friday I’m the new ATS & ATF Sourcing Intern – Accessories (footwear, bags, & belts) at Ann Taylor(spoiler alert) I got it! Remember that list I gave you for phone interviews? Well this is the final result so if I were you I would follow every word on it (haha). And kid you not, today LinkedIn put this on my right hand column and I thought to myself CHECK (damn right I see myself there). Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.47.33 PMSo it’s safe to say I’m back on campus on track with my crazy life and by this I mean incredibly productive. This semester I am:

  1. Taking 6 classes
  2. Work at Admissions Office as student tour guide and Blogger
  3. Today became a language tutor at the amazing and (FREE for students) tutoring center (yep, I get paid).
  4. Intern two days a week
  5. Fashion Informant for InfoModa RD
  6. and a million other things like visiting Tod’s HQ, getting free massages, participating in Fashion week, interviewing next week to work at a Hanky Panky sample sale, and skype interviewing for Save the Children DR.

So good to be back and can’t wait to not have enough time to breathe (of course I’m an overachiever) because literally everything I do, I do it with passion.

unnamedCarpe Diem (because this is my last FIT semester),

Sadie

PS: By the way, just discovered you can download your resume from LinkedIn check it out here.

 

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My friend Lynda

Hi there,

Today I’m featuring my friend Lynda, this girl has been with me since the day I started at FIT (even if I don’t hang out with her a lot). Lynda always comes home with me after class and is readily available to teach me anything and everything out there (some kind of friendship, huh?). Just one click away after logging in to MyFit you can find under web resources the link to Lynda.

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Lynda.com is a web resource that makes any doubt or insecurity about you doing something software related vanish. This website through infinite tutorials (2,729 courses and 122,000 tutorials) allows you to “learn what you want, when you want, from our entire library.” You can even build your own custom playlist according to theme, software name or what you want to watch later. It helps you achieve your personal and professional goals only one click away. Thanks to FIT you get free access to this incredible tool that gives you a certificate of completion for each course viewed that you can show to potential employers.

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If you are like me and have taken one design course (because obviously I’m a business major and can only draw stick figures) Lynda, my friend will aid you in accomplishing what you thought impossible. This way, I can graduate with ample (or essential haha, really up to you) knowledge in both fields, design and business. As it turns out, I have decided to learn to use InDesign CS6 this summer through the full course they offer. I’m also going to create a logo for my personal project with Lynda’s help (which I will share sometime, hopefully soon).

FB_LiSo as their co-founder said:

What you put into it, is what you get out of it.

Learning is living.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Phone Interviews & Gladys Marcus Library

Hi there,

Yesterday I was interviewed via phone for a Production and Sourcing Internship at Ann Inc. Today I have my second round of phone interviews with the person that will eventually be my superior if they hire me (since I’m in DR they’d rather do this than wait until I get back to NYC). If the title throws you a bit off (it’s normal, seems pretty unrelated) I’m here to explain how I have used one of our most fabulous web resources. But first, I’ll share some tips I’ve gathered online and from previous professors about interviewing over the phone:

  1. When you do phone interviews it’s like you are cheating, because you can actually wear what you want, something that makes you feel comfortable and reassure you (I had an Ann Taylor shirt, haha I know just felt right and sweats).
  2. Always stand, your voice comes out better and sounds more energized. SMILE I swear it projects a positive image and completely changes the tone of your voice.
  3. Be near a desk, here you can keep your resume at hand, a list of your skills and what you bring to this position and also a list of your “weaknesses” (always something that can be taken as positive aka I’m tenacious, great article here)
  4. Lock yourself in a room where you can’t be interrupted, this includes turning off call waiting (I seriously had my mom scream GOOOOOOAL yesterday LOL when Argentina finally scored during the world cup, I almost DIED haha)
  5. Landlines are more convenient and have less tendency to drop than cellphones.
  6. Enunciate clearly and speak slowly (take a deep breath when they speak, remember they can’t see you).
  7. Do NOT interrupt. Wait for your turn. Ask them questions.
  8. Take notes after or during to recall the interview for future references.
  9. Follow up with a thank you email.

Now about our “not your typical library” (you will see more of why when you visit us, because you can eat and drink and talk in our main floor, SAY WHAT?! Yes). The Gladys Marcus Library consists of three floors full of what can only be described as a world of fashion knowledge above and beyond what you can imagine. PrintFX_3D_Gown

  • We have one of the foremost fashion library collections.
  • The library supports the academic and research needs of programs in Art and Design, Business and Technology, Liberal Arts and our Graduate School.
  • Through SUNY’s Open Access Policy our students have access to and borrowing privileges at all other SUNY libraries.
  • We have some of the most historical collection of magazines such as Vogue dating back to 1929.
  • As an online resource that I always use for interviews you have the databases to do company in-depth research (Hoovers is your BFF) where I learned almost everything about ANN Inc.
  • The nerdiest part that I absolutely love is the TEXT A LIBRARIAN. FIT provides you a phone number where you can text the librarian to help you if you are lost in the stacks or to check if we have a certain book available.

Anyways wish me luck at getting this internship and be sure to check the library out! Tons of magazines, trend forecasting books, special exhibitions, movies to rent for FREE and helpful staff.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

On my Mind: One blog to another

The best way to keep up to date with what is happening back at FIT is to constantly check our college’s website. At a simple glance this page seems to always be the same but when you look closely at the column on your right, under announcements, you can see updates about our school. My top pick from this week is the new FIT blog “On My Mind” by the one and only President Joyce F. Brown. This woman, Dr. Brown is an amazing and highly educated person with incredibly interesting and useful information to share with us (obviously like me haha, so don’t ditch this blog). The topics on this trending blog range from Education, Industry to Curriculum and more. This superwoman that is present at every FIT event I have attended has been blogging since May. For those of you who want to know more in-depth about her exemplary achievements should read through the About the President section.

A few insider things I know from attending FIT for the past three and a half years is that she lives on campus, the whole top floor of alumni belongs to her and her family (they own the cutest most fashionable pup), when you get to ride on the elevator with her you don’t have to stop at any other floor (feels like royalty), and she is very avid on sustainability and making FIT the best place possible. Reading through her blog, I noticed she went ahead and wrote about one of my future topics so I’m quite sure great minds think alike; learn more about our Green Roofs.

One very exciting news I also discovered was that FIT has a new Sustainability and Ethics minor! I’m very ecstatic (and incredibly angry that its right when I’m graduating) that there is a need in our industry to rethink and open up the sustainability conversation. I invite you all to reconsider what have been the norms for the fashion industry and what they can be. This ted talks video will have you craving for change in every single aspect on the way how we do business: CSR 3.0.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

Fashion Advice from the Famous

As one of the world’s foremost fashion philosopher-sociologist-historian-genius, I thought I’d breakdown some of the most famous slices of wisdom from the leaders of the fashion world. (Ed note: I haven’t heard back from the board of directors of fashion geniuses of the world about my self-proclaimed title, but I’m sure they’re fine with it).

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

— Coco Chanel

Now I’m not one to restrict anyone’s accessory affinity, I myself have been collecting rings from my travels and my fingers have filled up very quickly. However, I think of this more as look at yourself before you leave and remove anything that could interfere with your activities for the day. The fashion industry is all about getting work done and getting it done quickly. Personally, I have given up on bracelets (especially bangles) because all you hear all day is loud clacking as they bang against your desk when you type. Extremely infuriating. If the hat won’t stay on your head when it’s windy – ditch it. Basically, don’t wear anything that is going to require more time to deal with than it takes to put it on in the morning.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

—Kate Moss

Completely untrue. Have you never been to Shake Shack? Or eaten a burrito before? I mean hello, CHOCOLATE. End of story.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

—Edith Head

I mean we are in the business of fashion people, this shouldn’t really be much of a shocker. It is important in any aspect of life to convince people you are whatever they need. As much as we try not to judge a book solely by it’s cover, that cover is the first message, and sometimes the only message, seen. Don’t waste an opportunity, be convincing.

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”

—Bill Cunningham

Let’s face it, fashion is a luxury. All that is necessary is something to keep you warm when it snows and protect you from the sun when it’s hot. Anything you want for the sake of having it is a luxury. It has been said that Vogue magazine is meant to create aspirational dreams, not be a catalog for the everyday woman, and that is what fashion is – an aspirational, dream-like distraction. Fashion is supposed to be fun because it’s fun to pick what you wear and how people will see you today! Did people wearing the Mao suit look like they were having fun? Embrace the frivolity of fashion.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

—Lauren Hutton

Fashion designers do not determine style, they influence it. Style can only be created by the individual, that is what makes it so exciting to see someone with truly great style. If one designer determined style all you would have to do is dress head to toe in that label, but you don’t see anyone on the best dressed lists wearing head to toe Michael Kors or even Saint Laurent. Not to get to in depth with the trickle-up vs. trickle-down theories, but it is obvious in our current fashion climate that designers are taking much of their inspiration from the streets and the boundaries of who is who is influencing whom are blurred. Fashion trends fade, but style is eternal, right Yves?

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

—Diana Vreeland

With all the stuff available in fashion now, it is easy for clothing to start looking homogenous. Staying relevant in fashion is all about being new and different (even though we all know fashion runs on an ever quickening pendulum of trends that is catching up to us). I love people who can dress totally kooky and be completely confident. They make my life more interesting just by existing. Vreeland captured this spirit perfectly in her famed “Why Don’t You” column for Harper’s Bazaar. The worst thing you could be in fashion is boring.

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(and lastly, my personal favorite:)

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

—Harry Winston

–Emily–

The CIC: Career and Internship Center

  • Girl: “Sooo, how many internships have you done?”
  • Me: “Um, only one. Why?”
  • Girl: “What JUST one? I’ve done six already!”

This was only sophomore year and this girl (which is almost every girl at FIT) has worked for six different companies already and counting. I suddenly freeze and my brain in matter of seconds is clouded with self-doubt, I mean what had I been doing for the past two years (studying, volunteering, working, enjoying life, traveling). Quickly, I (very much) lost interest when she started bragging about all the designers she (supposedly) met.

In your freshman year (and so forth) you will encounter this situation over and over again. The good news is that when it comes to internships it’s not about the quantity but of the quality (what you learned, how long where you there, did they slave you). To ensure that all of our students at FIT have amazing internships and career outcomes we have the Career and Internship Center. This valuable resource is located on campus in B-202 (or should I say in the Business and Liberal Arts Center) and available to the Students, Alumni and Industry.

Almost every major at FIT requires a credit-bearing internship during their AAS  which you can choose to do in your 3rd or 4th semester. You can also do more than one internship and some of them might even be payed (just remember NO free labor, no matter how bad you want to work for that company or how big that designer label is). Prior to any internship there are orientation sessions which you have to attend and you will be guided through all the steps. In a nutshell:

  1. You get assigned a counselor which works with you through self-assessment and resume development.
  2. You get access to our Online Job Bank (which has been pre-screened to ensure fair labor and +), where jobs from the fashion industry get posted directly to us before going public.
  3. You choose your top 5, do your research (hand-in-hand) with you counselor and write cover letters, thank you notes and much more.
  4. You get a call-back and have a mock interview at the CIC (you go over work etiquette and what the industry requires) and finally go out into the real world (definitely beyond 27th and 7th) and get interviewed.
  5. You get a yay or a nay, and then select who you want to work with (keeping in mind that this is a binding contract you will be making)
  6. Next semester, you have an IC class 6 times where you report in with your professor and evaluate your internship, and get tools to further develop yourself in the workplace.

The CIC, also offers our students the opportunities to assist to On-campus recruitment events (the A-building lobby is usually lined up with tables where you can see Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren and +), Job and internship fairs, and Company information sessions (Macys, Kohl’s, Tommy Hilfiger and+) . Even after you graduate, alumni get Lifetime job search support and individual assistance from our career counselors.

So just remember what matters; that you get an internship where you are happy. A company that you like and admire and that values you as a human being, and prioritizes your knowledge (you are not there for fetching coffee). That girl might have done six, but I did the ONE I had always dreamed of doing. I got to work at Oscar De La Renta HQ directly with Senior Vice President Merchandising & Sales and the Senior Merchandising Manager for Childrenswear. I got to see firsthand how you start a collection, market and sell it. I could continue bragging like that girl did, but what’s the point? (you get me, it was AWESOME, every Dominican Girl in fashion’s dream). The connections I created are priceless and all I know is that if it wasn’t for FIT I would’ve never thought I could get there.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

PS: How I wish I could find that girl and shove this pic in her face I’d take this 6 to 1, ANYDAY (booyah!)

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“Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.”

 

 

Portfolio tips and tricks!

For those of you that do have to submit a portfolio I know it can be tricky. Thankfully when I was submitting mine my sister in law was able to help me ( she went to FIT also). I know without her I would have really struggled in the process.

I’m not quite as sure to what every major requires but for interior design (at the time) I had to submit I believe around 10-20 pieces. Also they gave us a project to do to see what we were capable of doing before hand. At the time I was still in High school , my art work wasn’t the greatest but it was different. My sister-in-law ( Tara) helped me design a few things to put in it that were interior design related.Also I added my crazy art work (I’ll show you, below will be some of it). One great thing that she made me do was add a few of my sketches with a description saying what I was thinking or what I would want to do with the space in the future, or how the school would help my design.

If your doing a digital portfolio- PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP. This will be a life saver I promise. So if you don’t know how to use it find someone that does. Your lighting and background are critical when creating a digital piece. Lighting in any situation can cause things to look different, for example when you get your hair done it will look one color there but then when you go in the sun sometimes it looks different. So would you really want your artwork to look different to the people reviewing your portfolio? You know what it truly looks like but they don’t.

khvjhThis isn’t the exact picture from my portfolio or is it one of my pieces I used, the key to making a great portfolio is editing. Make a pile of 30 then edit down to 25 then use the remaining 20.

klOnce again this isn’t an exact picture from my portfolio but it is one of the pieces I used. Even though this picture has nothing to do with interior design, it showed that I pay great attention to little details.

Last tip I have for all of you. A lot of colleges and high schools offer a free portfolio review, usually in the spring. Someone will review it and tell you what you can improve on, it is extremely beneficial. Good Luck everyone!

XOXO, Kailee

Last Day at the Met

Today was my last day at the internship I worked at this semester. Even though I am currently swamped with finals, I am really sad to not be going back there every week. This semester I was lucky enough to score an internship at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the collections department. Basically, the interns’ job was to label and keep track of all of the costumes being integrated from the Brooklyn Collection. I got to see (and touch!) so many one of kind pieces, including some that were more than one hundred years old. I think the best part of this internship was seeing first hand how museum collections work, and meeting all the other interns I worked with. I was the only undergraduate in the program and I learned so much from the girls who worked with me. Most were already in the Museum Studies masters program at FIT or NYU and knew an incredible amount about fashion history. My inner nerd was always psyched to sit around our sewing table just talking about the different art exhibits we had seen over the weekend and debating the nuances of costume design versus commercial fashion design.

It is important to like your internship if you are going to have one while in school. There is a huge debate right now about the ethics of having unpaid interns, but like it or not, internships are expected by potential employers. Now, as an intern, especially an unpaid one, you should never feel like you can’t miss a day of work in order to keep up with schoolwork. However, if you like the internship and the people you work with, the experience can be extremely rewarding. Besides making contacts in the industry and learning valuable skills that will put you miles ahead of other job applicants, internships let you test out possible career paths. As much as I loved my internship at the Met, I now think that maybe collections wouldn’t be the perfect department for me, but maybe curatorial would be a better fit. As long as you are getting actual experience at the internship and not being taken advantage of, internships are an invaluable resource that are relatively easy to come by in New York City.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Yeah, I got to work here. No big deal or anything.

–Emily–