Last week I blogged about working a part time job as a way to gain invaluable experience while an FIT student. While finding a job might be daunting, FIT offers a fantastic job bank where you can look for industry related jobs!
I find this really helpful as my major Production Management can sometimes be confused for event production or music or construction. The FIT job bank lets you sort by major, or other similar key words so you can find something similar to what you are interested in.
FIT students are in demand around NYC, especially for retail jobs and other part time work. We have a good reputation and it helps when it comes time to apply to jobs. A lot of the time, you’ll even be working with other FIT students at your job, and can meet people in other majors and departments at the school this way.
My experience with the career bank has been great – I found a part time job I spent a year working that I really enjoyed. It also was a great learning experience, as I got to work at a small business and see how their processes worked.
The career services are available to all FIT students, past and present. You’ll always have the FIT services backing you, wether you’re just starting out or a few years into your career.
Now that you’ve settled into school some, you might be considering getting a part time job! I’m a big advocate for working , whether it be a side hustle or folding clothes at the local retail shops. Not only can you learn a few skills, but seemingly small jobs can lead to big things!
Freshman year when I started at FIT I applied to work for Madewell as a sales associate. I ended up working there for a little over a year, and met some really cool people, some of whom I still keep in touch with today! The hours worked around my class schedule, and it was walking distance from my dorm. Earning money was a big help in NYC, where everything costs so much compared to living at home in the suburbs. But more than that, it helped serve as another educational experience and resume builder- all while getting paid.
Understanding retail has really helped in my schoolwork and internships- I am wary of feathers (they always seem to fall off in the stock room) and I got to see which styles got consistently passed up due to fit issues. Little things like these have helped a lot when working on development of garments.
More than that, I had the pleasure of interning at Madewell corporate offices this summer. My year spent at the store definitely gave me a leg up in the applications process, and was incredibly useful working on the production and development as I already had some product knowledge.
As one of my internship class professors at FIT told me, the opposite of networking is not working! If you have the time, I would really recommend a part-time job. FIT has services for students to find internships and jobs – out Career and Internship Services office is available to current students and alumni!
After sitting through my first week of classes this year, the professors always seem to ask us “what do you want to do after school?” While this question also exists outside of the classroom, I think it’s especially important in school. Trying to decide what to do with your career and life can be incredibly challenging – and chances are you won’t figure it out for a long time. I know I change my mind all the time. But I think one of the best things you can do for yourself – and for your professors – is to have an answer for when they ask you what you want to do.
FIT professors are really passionate about helping you find your place in the industry, and part of that is them knowing what you’re interested in. They might have connections and know of internships that could give you insight into what you’re wanting to learn more about. When you answer this question, you aren’t signing a contract – you’re free to change your mind. The important thing is to stay curious and stay working towards a goal, even if that goal shifts.
I have been in class with essentially the same people for 3 years straight. And nearly every semester, they have to answer the question “what do you want to do after FIT?” I cannot think of a single student who has kept the same answer since freshman year. I know my answer has changed. College is a chance to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, about the industry you want to work in, about the work you might have to do. There’s nothing special about being stagnant in your aspirations – adapting and changing is part of growth!
So have an answer for the question – even if you’re unsure it’s really what you want to do. You can change your mind at any time.
What do you want to do after FIT? Leave a comment below!
This semester flew by for me and now it is time for summer! This summer I will be interning for Madewell, which is owned by J Crew, in their Long Island City office! I will be doing Production Management for them, which even though it is my major I have never technically interned in- I’ve always done Product Development, my future dream job. I’m excited to see how a larger company does production, as most of the production work I have helped with has been for luxury or small businesses.
I worked at Madewell all during my freshman year as a sales support associate, so it really does feel full-circle to return to them for my senior summer. I look forwards to putting all my brand knowledge to good use in corporate, and getting feedback from my peers still at the retail stores! Working retail in high school and college is a great way to get your foot in the door at potential future corporate employers- find a company you admire and see if they are looking for retail workers. It can give you a big upper hand when it comes to internships down the road, and looks great on your resume.
Aside from work, I hope to go to a Yankees game and Coney Island! I’d also love to have a few picnics with friends, and check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Since last summer I spent my time in LA, I look forwards to getting some NYC summer living in.
I have the summer off from blogging, but I look forwards to hopefully updating you all in the fall about what I learned and did.
Recently, I went through a very difficult decision process to sort out my summer plans. For context, I am a junior soon to be heading into my senior year, and I am originally from Washington state. I have been working as a production intern at Tory Burch since the Fall semester and was offered an opportunity to stay with them as a product development intern over the summer. I have yet to stay in NY over the summer, and I always miss home this time of year since I’ve been away for so long. There were many things to consider when debating to accept this offer from Tory Burch. I wouldn’t be able to see my friends and family from back home over the entire summer, I wouldn’t be back in the PNW during one of my favorite seasons, and I wouldn’t be saving money from not paying rent. It is also my last summer as a student and I wanted to be very careful with how I used this fleeting freedom. On the other hand, if I stayed with Tory Burch, I would be building my resume and developing more skills and experience to further my career and eventually achieve my long term goal; I eventually want to move back to the West coast and work for iconic outdoor apparel and lifestyle brands, with one of my top picks located in Seattle, WA. If I stayed in NY over the summer, I would be helping my future job search when applying for positions back home, but was this worth not seeing my friends and family? In the end, I chose to take the internship with Tory Burch with hopes that working towards my long term goal would be best for me. There was really no right or wrong decision in this situation for me because I could see myself being both thankful and regretful at the same time for making either decision. Sometimes, you just have to push aside your critical analysis and just make a decision when one is needed. It made me realize that I’m at a point in my life where my choices are going to have direct consequences on aspects of my life, and that real planning needs to be put in place if I don’t want to lose control of my life. One thing I did to sort out my decision was I put together a 5 year and a 10 year life plan for myself, mapping out different aspects of my life, including career, health, and relational. These things are important to think about and develop an understanding of what you want. It’s never too early to start planning.