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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

 

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The Summer To-Do List

Hola a todos,

I’m writing to you from my home in the Dominican Republic (yep, that’s right.. I live where you vacation haha). As the semester ends and we actually get used to the fact of not having to go to school everyday or worrying about homework, we are suddenly faced with three long months before us. Some of you may already have internships lined up already, jobs or, maybe even summer classes at FIT. For a lucky few just like me summer is meant to relax (especially if it is the last summer of your undergraduate life, technically the last summer in my life). With this in mind I have decided to do, live, and experience as much as I possibly can during this time. Moreover, I shall do all the things I love, because in the end that is what makes people truly happy.

As I thought about what I wanted to do this summer (sponsored by my mom of course, for the last time ever) countless things came to mind. For me, the best way to remember everything is in lists, so I went ahead and wrote a to-do list in order to conquer the next few months in the best way possible. Some of the items on my list are:

  1. Get a fall internship in Corporate Social Responsibility
  2. Create my own website and business card (vistaprint and moo are great for this)
  3. Eat healthy once and for all (Italy is OVER)
  4. Read all the amazing books I have pending
  5. Scrapbook the past few years
  6. Finish decorating my room
  7. NETWORK anywhere and everywhere I can
  8. Make really interesting posts, with things about FIT you never really knew

Of course there is so much more, but that is where the immediate list stands. I also want to take salsa dancing classes with my boyfriend and go to the beach every weekend. How about you? What are your plans for this summer? I bet only one day ago, the first thing on your list was change your FIT password before it expires LOL (I think that was annoying pretty much everyone).

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Scholarship Opportunities

Ciao Peeps,

How many of you would believe me if I told you my first real interview was with 7 executives at a round table in FIT? (yeah, completely intimidating) What if I also told you I was the main focal point, the head of the table, and one of the first candidates to be interviewed? (biting your lip already? so was I). Turns out this is a true story, and a great one too (be the judge).

It was a rainy day, I was late and I only had two classes for the day so I decided sweatpants would do (not that kind of judgement haha), a very last-minute outfit decision that turned out to be a very practical one. After my first class, I casually decide to pick up some pamphlets from a table which turn out to be scholarship opportunities. I quickly dismissed it because I had heard that it was really hard to get one if you are an international student. As I turned to leave the classroom something kept pulling me back towards the stack of papers, so I did. Reading through the requisites I realized I met all of them and was very pleased with myself (ya know).  While folding the paper to take it home and give it further consideration I glanced at the due date, which was that day at 3:00 PM (no joke, wish I was kidding). A minute went by, then two, then three and I still hadn’t moved. I mean, if I had picked it up that same day it had to mean something (anything really, coincidences strike me as odd) and I could not bear to live with regret.

Running down to the computer lab to write my resume, cover letter, motivational letter and extracurricular activities I felt like I was part of the apprentice (so little time, so much to do). My future depended on the words I wrote but thankfully inspiration and passion were flowing out of me (this girl is on fiiiiire) and took over my body. For the next few hours I was there, but I also was buying CD’s at the bookshop to electronically submit my documents, asking a professor if he could write a recommendation letter on the spot, and buying manila envelopes for the hard copies (hooray for sweatpants, right?). At 2:58 PM I ran into the ITM office with my submission, and Nicole the lovely secretary welcomed me with “Good, you made it right on time.” Granted, I missed my second class, but the experience was just exhilarating.

Sometime later I heard back and I had been chosen as a candidate for 2 of the 3 scholarships I applied to. The follow through consisted of an interview with board members, industry leaders and your Chairperson (as if it wasn’t scary enough). Each person had 15 minutes to be grilled in the “board room” (it really wasn’t that bad, I was just so nervous I got all hot). The first one was for Ralph Lauren at FIT and I was pacing through the hallway so fast I thought they would hear me coming. Long story short, I didn’t get it and it was disappointing. Hours later I was still dissecting every second of the interview to find out what went wrong. Until this day I don’t really know but I remember they wanted to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and what my future plans were. I had no concrete idea, other than finishing school (because this world is full of opportunities), so I was honest and told them that (was it wise? NO. would I do it again? YES).

Luckily when my second interview came around at the Tommy Hilfiger HQ in NYC, I was more prepared (or so I thought). When I walked into their huge conference room, I decided to enjoy my time and do what I loved best (obvs you know by now it’s talking about myself haha). When the same question came around, I gave them the same answer, yet this time they were as thrilled as I was about an immense ocean of infinite possibilities. As we sat there and discussed almost everything you could imagine, I felt it was more a conversation than an interview and it was when I realized I really love my major. ITM  gave me all the confidence I needed to discuss global issues with my interviewers (I was more knowledgeable than I even knew).

Long story short I got it! The feeling you get when someone else sees your passion and believes in you, is unique. I know you have heard it before, but when it’s meant to be, it will be. (Example: I found out later that one of the board members was a breast cancer survivor, and kid you not, the same way something was pulling me towards picking up those papers, something pulled me towards wearing my blazer with the pink ribbon I had received months ago and kept on it. She asked me about it and I went into full detail about how I donated my hair without knowing a single thing about her.) If that’s not enough for you to believe that things will happen when they are supposed to, I’m not really sure what would be.

Scholarship Recipient text

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

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!)

Me and Oscar de La renta

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

 

 

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–

CFDA Event Poster

Fun, Fearless, Fashion!

The Fashion Career Summit hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Cosmopolitan Magazine was held last Saturday at the Hearst Tower. Luckily, I got to volunteer there and it was one of the most exciting events that I’ve ever been to in my three years at FIT. This inspiring day-long conference was about all the different careers within the Fashion Industry and how to get where you want to be. It was broken down into seven sessions such as A Life in Fashion, Career Boot Camp, and others with panelists who are power players from all across the industry. This educational yet fabulous event ended up with a networking reception and make-up application by beauty advisors from Lancôme.

Survival Kit

Ashley already shared her experience as an attendee of this event, and you can read more about it here. Now, I’m going to share my VIP backstage pass experience (aka volunteering it’s relative haha) with all of you. To begin with, to work this event you had to be interviewed by the Senior Director of Special Projects at Cosmopolitan Mag. I was really scared and intimidated by the thought of it (because let’s face it we have all watched the Devil Wears Prada), and I was expecting this to be like all the gossip I’ve heard around campus as to how bad it is to work for a fashion magazine. Turns out I was surprisingly wrong, and every single person I worked with that day could’ve not been more amazing and helpful (seriously considering interning there now).

 

The day of, we were supposed to be in all black (traditionally) with comfortable yet chic shoes. The day started with breakfast (yup this includes volunteers too) and registration. It was followed by panels which I got to attend too (technically I got to be at the event for free) but with the perks that I was allowed at the Green Room, the place all the panelists met before the show. Here I met Cynthia Rowley (with whom I fell in love when she said, there should be less internships and more entry-level jobs in the industry), Isaac Mizrahi, Jimmy Lepore Hagan, Kelly McCauley amongst others.

SIlvia Galfo

Silvia Galfo, SVP Marketing Lancome

Jenn Rogien, Costume Designer Girls & Orange is the New Black

 

 

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley, Designer

At noon we had a break for lunch where we had pre-packed lunch boxes for us with three different options (the chocolate chip cookies were to die for). The panels went on after and I got to see them from a flat screen that was placed in a lounge area for volunteers outside the theater (they really treated us tip-top). When the networking reception was amongst us a table with all the desserts you could imagine was set up, including cookies, CRUMBS cupcakes and delicious mini-pies.desserts tableThis was the time to get your make-up done and take a selfie for the opportunity to win a $1,500 career wardrobe.

networking

Jimmy Lepore Hagan, Director of Digital Media at Nanette Lepore

All the ladies and gents there were having a blast because they even had a DJ spinning the best tunes, and you could see business cards flowing from hand to hand.

 

At the end, everyone got a gift bag (yes, even we did!) full of goodies. I for one, couldn’t wait to open it when I got home. Turns out it was INCREDIBLE! We got an American Eagle Denim shirt or sweater, a $25 Macy’s gift card, a $50 Nanette Lepore gift card, a 15% discount for Cynthia Rowley Eyewear, latest Cosmo Issue, Lancome eyelash curler, mascara and eyeliner and so much more (the event was $35 so I’ll let you do the math).

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Necia and Me, FIT representing

Truth is, this event is very much needed all around the world I would say. Everyone that knows me knows how passionate I am about education so being able to attend this event and help in this sector meant a lot to me. I want people to know that there is SO much more in fashion than being a designer or stylist (no offense there), and this event was all about eliminating misconceptions and guiding people through all the careers out there. It was about educating the future leaders in the fashion industry (me included), so keep an eye out for next year. In the meanwhile, check out all the different majors we offer at FIT here.

Carpe Diem,

me

Step+Repeat

Sadie

Event at the Met

College Group at the Met: K-Art

One of the best parts of being in college is that you can actually join college groups. My best suggestion thus far is The College Group at the Met (as in Metropolitan Museum of Art), these guys throw incredible parties for new exhibits that are a perfect mix of good music, great food,korean treats art and networking. Personally, I’mroommates at event not a very big fan of museums (yes, I said it no going back) but my roommate has invited me to all of these parties and they have been a cultural blast. This time we got to attend K-Art “Splendors from Silla to Seoul” a wonderful event hosted by the Korea Society in collaboration with The CGM. pins k-art

The event was held this past Friday and it was a great way to kick-off the weekend with fun activities for undergraduate and graduaExhibition at the mette students to explore the new exhibition and enjoy performances featuring both traditional and K-pop music (yeah, dance lessons with music from Psy’s latest song). Usually for these events you have to RSVP beforehand so I suggest you join their committee and/or their Facebook group here. This time I went with my roommates and their friends and learned bits about Korean culture all while making new friends. friends at the metI definitely recommend checking out their next event, it’s my third one and I will be coming back (since now there is a mandatory $25 entrance fee, this is also a good way to get in for free).

After we were done with the exhibition (the Met was really kicking us out), we decided to go to the nearest Latin American restaurant. Turns out it was a very fun place with Latin music, amazing cuisine and great vibe. Calle Ocho at the Excelsior hotel was the perfect way to end the night, the best things happen unplanned.

friends at restaurant

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

earrings

My new-found treasure for the event

Fashion Evolution poster

Fashion Evolution: Consumer Power

This was an amazing event I got to attend last Thursday at the Scandinavia House. (the best part, it was completely FREE!) After the host of the event(Yoko Sekiguchi, President of Ampleen) came as a guest speaker to my Import and Export Class, she cordially invited some students to join the event. I for one am really interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (we all take, especially corporations, it’s about time to give back) so I raised my hand immediately to get on the list.

Students at the event

My classmates, I’m the one with the colors (Caribbean Girl)

While waiting for the event I did my research about the different companies and guest speakers that were going to conform the panel (ALWAYS do research, like your life depends on it). When I got there we were greeted and then I left my coat at the coat check.

table with food

YUM

The event was being held at a beautiful yet simple room on the second floor with an array of treats. In each seat there was a gift bag sponsored by FACE Stockholm in which we got two nail polishes, a discount coupon and a magazine. plate with goodiesEverything was delicious the wrap bites, the sliders, cupcakes (Note to self: must return to this place to check out their restaurant on the first floor).Recyclable Gift Bag

To me the most inspiring person (with the most shocking facts on her power point) was the keynote speaker Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher. (their company commitment is completely impressive, check out their program). quoteThe panel was composed of incredible women, each doing their part within the fashion industry for a better world, including Prof. Nancy Gross from FIT. (If you are interested in Sustainable Fashion be sure to sign up for FM326) The conversation was about how we consumers can change the face of fashion and their practices with our demand for transparency and higher standards. Each of them gave their perspectives as to how we could improve the supply chain, wages, working conditions, CO2 emissions, and so much more. The panel of guest speakersOnce we were done with Q&A and I was soaked with inspiration, there was a networking hour where I got to meet personally all the speakers. (and of course ask for their business cards.) To be honest, I can see CSR growing and evolving within the Fashion Industry and the more I attend events, listen to guest speakers and research the initiatives out there, the more I’m sure that this is my path. (A way to help the world with what I know, fashion)

Just remember while you are at FIT, attend to as many events on and off-campus as you can. Sometimes, knowing people is as crucial as what you know. Dare to be blown away by topics you had no idea existed, and while you are it learn, network and expand your horizons. After all you don’t know where life will take you.

Empire State

I walked out to this beauty

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Free is Always Better

Hey everyone, here I have composed a list of websites you should sign up to in order to make your college experience complete. (Yeah, I can see you being like I don’t want any junk mail in my inbox.) All I’ve got to say is give it a try, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

- http://www.cencom.org/

The Center for Communication is all about experiencing the side of business you don’t see as students, including seminars, workshops and on-site visits. Thanks to them I have been to Google HQ, Gilt Groupe HQ and Cohn & Wolfe HQ. (You will learn networking is what WE live off.)

Google name card

Gilt goodies

Freebies!

- http://www.dailycandy.com/new-york/

Daily Candy is for women, urban-explorers who are constantly seeking what’s new out there, from fashion to food. Thanks to them I was able to meet Tory Burch when FNO was still running.

Fashions Night Out with designer Tory Burch- www.insidehook.com

Is the men’s version. (yeah, you must be wondering why I’m signed up haha, but you never know, besides I need creative ideas for my bf’s x-mas gifts) An essential city guide for guys who have limited time, but want to make the most of it.

- http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/

My personal favorite! The name pretty much says it all. This website offers an array of free music concerts throughout New York City for the tastes of hipsters and fashionistas alike. Thanks to them I saw Cold Play live from about 5 ft. away and won tickets to Moenia.

Coldplay the Band

Me and a friend holding Coldplays cover album Yeah, that close!

- http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/

I would say if you need an invite to an event be it cultural, fashionable, or themed event this is the way to go. As the name indicates it is your free ride to events, they have built one of the most comprehensive event calendars.

Girls Night out

Makeover night at Guess

-http://www.zozi.com/new-york

Life is just one big adventure, and Zozi makes it affordable for you. They make everyone’s passions accessible, and they help you discover things you never knew you wanted.

Getaway sale of a hotel

Thanksgiving weekend, LOOK OUT!

Remember to CARPE DIEM!

Sadie