Listen and Learn- Podcasts to Check Out!

Podcasts are popular in New York City, especially if you commute in any way!  I love listening to podcasts, and subscribe to a lot- some purely for fun or personal interest, and a few that have helped with my major and general education classes.
Here are my top picks for learning on the go!
Planet Money/The Indicator – An NPR podcast duo that translate economics and international trade into relatable and tolerable bites.  The Indicator comes out almost every weekday, and has helped me keep up to date with all the changing trade tariffs and duties- a big part of Production Management, my major at FIT!
Freakanomics Radio – Another economic podcast, but this one is much more goofy- a recent episode is solely dedicated to Trader Joe’s grocery stores.  I’ve also enjoyed series they have done on what CEOs actually do, and their unconventional approaches to solving the world’s problems.
How I Built This – The host, Guy Raz, interviews founders of all kinds of companies, from Eileen Fischer to Kate Spade, Bobbi Brown to Glossier.  Hear how they built their companies, and get inspired!  FIT offers a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship, but graduates and students of many programs at FIT have gone on to build their own companies.
Every Little Thing – Got questions about every little thing? So does Flora, who won’t rest til she finds the answers. Why do we keep goldfish as pets?  What do the laundry symbols on your clothing tags mean?  Listen and learn tidbits of trivia that can start a conversation or answer a question you’ve never even known you wanted to ask.
These are just a few edutainment podcasts I subscribe to! Have any suggestions?  Comment below!
Best,
Samantha

Second Internship: Tory Burch

Hi there everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and that’s largely due to my busy schedule with the upper division and my new internship! This year I am interning at Tory Burch in the production department for handbags and accessories. I have absolutely fallen in love with working at Tory Burch and I’m so thankful that I’ll be staying with them over the Winter and this coming Spring.

Working at Tory Burch has been my first experience in a large corporate environment. I sit and work directly with my department and do not do any crossover work for other departments, unlike my experience at my first internship with Tanya Taylor. Because of this, I have been able to hone in on my job function and learn details about the business process that I don’t believe I would have learned at a small company. That’s the benefit of working in a large corporate environment. There are a lot more rules and regulations facilitating the work that you do and who you communicate with. If you like structure and a sense of predictability, then large companies might be a better fit for you.

In my experience working with a small company, there was a lot less regulation behind communication and a lot of departmental crossover work. At Tanya Taylor, on several occasions I did work for departments such as product development, tech. D esign, design, and production. If you think you would perform better in a less strict environment with a larger degree of intellectual and artistic freedom, then working for a small company might be a good fit for you.

I find myself loving work at Tory Burch largely in part of the people I get to work with, but there is more to it than just that. Every day I go into the office, I sit down at my desk and know that there is work waiting for me. I have consistent work that I know is making a direct impact on the company. I have even been given a line that I will be overseeing the production process from start to finish. I feel like an opportunity like this could only happen at a large company where they have enough support to be able to trust something like this to an intern. I have also been able to take the initiative and help Tory Burch in my own way. I have created several documents for my department to help make the workflow more easily understandable and efficient. Things like this can help you earn recognition, and builds emotional investment with the company, which makes working there all the more enjoyable.

I highly recommend trying to intern at several companies with large differences like this so that you can learn what types of environment you like. An important goal that you should be working towards at college is trying to find the right job fit.

 

My Summer at GUESS?

Hi everyone!

My name is Sam!  This is my first post, and I look forward to sharing my student life.  I’m a third-year Production Management student, and enjoy FIT because of the classes we take and the opportunities we have outside the classroom.  I hope you will get a window into my experiences as an FIT student through my blog posts.  Here’s one part of my college life:
This past summer, I interned for GUESS? at their world headquarters in Los Angeles.  Not only was it a fun work environment where everyone was incredibly welcoming and generous with their time and resources, but their internship program was pretty sweet too!  The program ran for 10 consecutive weeks with about 35 interns in all different departments.
Since we worked full time, we definitely got a taste of what it would be like as regular employees.  Additionally, the HR and Training department went out of their way to set up fun events for us, including a mixer at the start where we played icebreaker games, a charity bake sale, and my personal favorite, Denim Day!
GUESS? is know for their iconic denim marketing, and the process behind each pair of jeans is surprisingly involved.  While GUESS? has its own “laundry” (where denim is developed on site), we were bussed to a bigger facility in LA.  In order to give everyone the taste of the development process, we all received unwashed denim “blanks” that we hand-sanded, distressed, cut and then had washed to our desired shade.  I was lucky enough to intern for the denim development department, and got to spend a lot of time with the laundry technician in the onsite facility.  When we had the event, it was so much fun to share what my internship was like, especially with the finance and legal interns who were new to the fashion industry.
Overall my time in LA this past summer was a blast, and I am so thankful that FIT’s good reputation enabled me to pursue an internship on the other side of the country!
I look forwards to sharing more of my FIT experience with you all through the blog, and if you have any question about Production Management and what we learn about, please send me an email at pm_admissions@fitnyc.edu.  I’d love to speak more about the program!
Best,
Sam

All About Oktoberfest!

Hey Friends,

It’s officially my favorite time of year, FALL! It’s the perfect time to take advantage of those last couple outside events before winter freezes us indoors. Speaking of events, if you don’t have plans on October 4th-7th head down to Oktoberfest. It’s a German themed beer and food festival. Its located at 78 South St, New York, NY 10038. The festival is on one of the piers overlooking the Brooklyn bridge and east river. For F.I.T students coming from the dorms, you can take either the 2 or 3 train downtown to Fulton st. For all the commuters you can take any uptown or downtown A,C,J,Z,4, or 5 train to Fulton st. Don’t forget to RSVP for your free general admission ticket online because the lines do fill up and people will be their early. Also they have great online package deals for anyone looking to save some money on food and drinks. It’s a perfect setting for a night out with the girls or possibly a date. For all the competitive folks out there feel free to participate in the stein holding contests. Essentially it’s a contest to see who can hold a big glass mug full of beer the longest. Don’t forget to pick up a giant pretzel for your train ride home. Have fun and stay safe!

 

Check out their link here for any more information you want on Oktoberfest.

http://oktober-fest.nyc/

Sincerely,

Jacquelyn Ortiz

An End and A Beginning

For One Last Time… Hey Everyone,

Two days ago, I officially graduated from FIT. The ceremony could not have taken place on a more perfect day. Now that I have finished college and can look back on my four years, I want to share a few of the most valuable takeaways I have from attending FIT.

Your Hard Work Will Be Rewarding: One of the most important things I built at FIT was my work ethic. With every project I had, I set aside time in order to put 100% of my heart into my work. My work ethic grew stronger and more secure as the years went on. By putting hard work into everything I did, I came out of school with an internship I learned from, a GPA I am proud of, and a portfolio I am excited to work with.

It Is Okay To Make Time For Yourself: Do not forget to make time to relax and enjoy all Manhattan has to offer. There is nothing wrong with slowing down and taking a break from the hours of hard work. Sometimes, breaks from projects give more room for ideas and brainstorming.

Failure Is NOT a Bad Thing: Not every project or assignment is going to go as planned. Now is the time to take chances and make mistakes. It is the time to try new things and learn how to make something better for the next time around. Do not let failure discourage you, but rather inspire you!

Always Be True to Your Passions and Aspirations…and Most Importantly, Yourself: Never lose sight of why you are here or your passions. Be yourself unapologetically and take the time to come into who you really are. Now is the time to learn, grow, and blossom into the truest version of yourself.

It has been an incredible journey here at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have learned so much and grown immensely; this chapter will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to the next chapter ahead. Best of luck to all you soon-to-be graduates!

Thanks For Reading,
Annmarie X