One of the cool things FIT offers are our many clubs. Students can easily join a club, or even start their own! My major, Production Management, has its own club, and this past Thursday had a guest speaker. G-III is a massive and successful player in the apparel manufacturing field, and we were lucky enough to have one of their Vice Presidents of Sourcing and Production.
She shared with us her usual day to day responsibilities, and what a business trip typically looks like. Production Management can involve lots of travel, especially to Asia, and she walked us through the process of visiting up to three spread-out factories in a day! She also shared photos of the manufacturing facilities, and the sewers working on goods.
Another part I found helpful was her discussion of what can help propel an intern/student/new graduate. She emphasized the importance of taking things off your bosses plate, instead of adding to their work. Anything you can do to help those above and around you will help you work your way up in a business. As a student, hearing from someone so advanced in their career is incredibly invaluable, as one day I want to be like her! She was also generous enough to share her business card and email for if we had further questions.
Clubs at FIT are a great way to get involved, network, and meet great people. I would really encourage checking them out during your time at FIT!
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.
Learn more at this link!
What are your career goals? Let me know!
I want to share with you some of the most useful resources at FIT that can be helpful in your journey here.
The Admissions Office
Since the day you think of applying to FIT, the admissions office is with you. There are major decisions you need to take when starting college and FIT has counselors to guide you all the way. From choosing a program to choosing a specific major, and many more topics can be discussed with a counselor. For more info visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/admissions/index.php
Along with the counselors from the admissions office, FIT also offers counseling services for more personal issues that can affect the student’s well-being and academic progress. Services are private and confidential and are with licensed staff. For more info visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/counseling-services/
Career and Internship Center
“Whether you’re about to graduate, just beginning your FIT education, or anywhere in between, the CIC can help you plan your future, with, self-assessment to identify your interests, personality traits, and life and career goals, resume development, job search, online job bank for Students, internship preparation and placement, career counseling and advising”. For more info visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/academics/cic/index.php
FIT Writing Studio
There has been a point in your academic life that you may have been stuck with an idea, or maybe you just can’t put it down on paper. Maybe you just need someone to revise a draft and give you some feedback and this is where the writing studio comes in. Consultants are there to assist you with any writing projects you may have. For more info visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/writing-studio/
Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE)
FIT is full of diversity and for this reason the office of Disability Services “ensures equal access for students with disabilities in their curricular as well as co-curricular college experience through accommodations that contribute to a holistic learning and development experience.” For more info visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/fitable/
These are just five of the many other great resources at FIT that will make your journey here more enriching. To check out more resources, make sure to visit FIT’s website.
Till next time,
Last semester was my first time trying online classes. I had never taking an online class before, so I was definitely not too happy to be taking two online classes and in another time zone. However, I had no other choice because I was studying abroad, and these classes weren’t offered there.
Class #1 was an Intro to Biology
Class #2 was Organizational Communication and Workplace Relations
For starters, the professors were great! They were clear and posted everything so that we had enough time to complete all assignments. Not only theirs, but also spend time in our other major-related projects. Overall it was a fair amount of work.
The assignments went had-in-hand with the textbook and resources provided by the professors. If you aren’t able to purchase a hardcover textbook, like I wasn’t, you can either rent or purchase the online version of the textbook.
Throughout the semester, the professors made sure we were keeping up, sending emails, reminders, making sure we participated in the class discussions, etc.
One of the reasons I liked taking these online classes was that I can complete the assignments in my spare time, after coming from my other day classes in Florence. I did not think that I would enjoy taking these online classes, especially with the time zone difference, I thought I would have issues to upload everything on time. I actually found myself registering for another online class for this upcoming semester, which came in handy because I had already chosen my main courses and did not want to rearrange it so much.
There are many courses at FIT that you can take online, from liberal arts to major-related. Check out the FIT Website for more info.
Have a great weekend,