Hello there! Hope you all had a great week so far. Midterms are in full swing and I know how stressful that can be. But don’t worry you’ll get through it! Today I thought I would talk to you a little about your LinkedIn profile, because like most freshman I had absolutely no idea how crucial my LinkedIn profile was.
It never really occurred to me that companies actually look at your LinkedIn profile, till I was asked during an interview that they had researched me on LinkedIn. Since then I’ve updated my profile, and have been contacted by a few companies. Also I’m currently in the process of looking for a Fall internship, and when I met with my counselor one of the requirements was to update and work on my profile. Yes, companies do actually look at your profile, and some even require you to submit it in addition to your cover letter and resume.
How do I grow my connections? I know that was always something I was quite worried about. All my other friends had over 500+ connections, and I’m only at like 50… Don’t worry too much about that, because you’ll built it up by networking. Every time you network or meet people through jobs or internships make sure you add them on LinkedIn, they can be really helpful for the future. Also asking your professors at the end of the semester to connect on LinkedIn is a great way to built your connections.
Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions feel free to ask them down below.
Hello there! Hope you’ve all had a great week. I wanted to write this post to bring your attention if you are planning on doing a summer/fall internship, of a few changes that happened this semester for credited internships.
If you’re an international student (like myself) and are planning on having a non-credit internship next semester (Spring 2017), I would suggest you apply now for an OPT approval. It takes about 90 days to process, so make sure you do it before you leave for Winter break.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is go to the international student services on the first floor of the B (B103) building and request the form to apply for an OPT. Next you’re going to have to take two passport pictures and make a check for 380$ to the USCIS. Once you’ve done this, make sure you schedule an appointment with Erika Rohrback. I would almost suggest scheduling it, once you’ve gotten the form to fill out, just to make sure you get a meeting with her (since she is very busy). If she tells you everything looks good, you just have to wait for them to approve your OPT and you’re good start working!
Hello there! I never used to be someone who set goals for myself. But recently I’ve found that they can be really helpful and can really challenge you in a positive way. This semester I’m starting a new chapter in my life, I’ve switched majors from Production Management to Advertising Marketing & Communications, and I’m starting my Bachelor’s Degree. I thought it only fitting to set myself a few goals, to help guide me in the right direction and hopefully make me feel like I’ve achieved something (even if it’s something really small).
Higher my GPA – Last semester wasn’t my semester. I took so many different classes, because I had to take a lot of prerequisite classes for AMC. I ended up with classes that did not relate to each other, which was really stressful. But this my schedule looks much better and I love all my classes (which is always a bonus).
Get more involved in school activities – FIT has great community service activities you can get involved with. I love interacting with other students and feeling like I’ve helped someone. This semester I really want to start helping and volunteering more.
Start looking/applying for a Spring internship – I know it’s early, but I know myself and if I wait too long, I’m not going to do it. Also I don’t want to do it when I have all my exams, because I don’t want to have that extra stress on my shoulders.
Stay on a Budget – I know I’m not the only one when it comes to spending less than what I make.
I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.
Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!
If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us