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Production Management Semester 1 Review

The Production Management major is a complex multifaceted program that can branch off and lead to many different job types in the industry. This can make it hard to understand what your time here at FIT could look like, so I’m going to start going over the courses in the major semester by semester and review and elaborate on them.

 

Semester 1 – Very rudimentary and foundational to your general understanding of basic fashion industry structure and procedures.

MG 108 – Apparel and Home Textile Products Manufacturing

This was my first ever class at FIT. I came into this school not knowing anything about businesses or how they are structured, or how the fashion industry even operates. This class taught me about all the different processes involved in the making of products and who is responsible for them. We also talked about one of the most important pieces of information in the production industry, a tech. pack, which is a detailing of what the product is made of and how to make it.

TS 115/TS 015 – Textiles for Production Management

Again, I didn’t know anything about apparel coming into FIT. This class gave me the foundational understanding of the different types of fabrics and how they are all made. We learned about the difference between woven and knit fabrics, the different types of each category, and we even got to see the machinery used to make these fabrics in person in the textile labs. We also learned about all the different types of fibers and materials that make up the fabric and the qualities of them. One of the coolest parts about this class was when we tested different fabrics in our textile lab to see if they would meet industry standards. FIT has a fully equipped textile testing lab with machinery that tests things from the strength, to the color fastness, and even the flammability of the fabric.

MG 153 – Excel for Business

This class helps students build one of the most commonly used skills in the production industry, Microsoft Excel. I use Excel every day at work to analyze and identify key information for our team, and this class helped me feel comfortable in taking responsibilities like this on. Professors use textbook and online material for students to reference in their homework and projects to help build relevant and comprehensive practice. You’ll learn how to format files, discover all sorts of formulas, and even learn about Pivot Tables. Excel has since become one of my favorite programs for organizing pretty much any type of information. It isn’t just for numbers, though it excels in that field. (I’m sorry I just had to). 

Which class would you be most excited for in your first semester at FIT?

Fashion New Source Pt. 5

Women’s Wear Daily

Since its inception in 1910, Women’s Wear Daily magazine has been a leading force in the apparel industry. As an informational staple, the magazine covers general topics such as: fashion, business, beauty, men’s, runway, and accessories. Each topic has several sub-topics. For example, a few that business is broken down into are: trade, HR, marketing, retail, and markets. From a business student’s perspective, WWD gives a really good big picture view in regards to long term strategies. This information can be vital for higher-ups and even for students like us. There are not many sources that have a section devoted solely towards mergers & acquisitions or markets. This is why I like Women’s Wear Daily, because it can give me information that is easy to access sources sometimes require a subscription for.

If you watched NYFW and wanted to look at the styles, WWD has a review of all different designers with an analysis on the lines and photos of the collection. Click here to see more

Fashion News Source Pt. 4

Hi there everyone! We’re starting the countdown for the year and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been busy since Spring Break with not much time for relaxing, but it’s all been very much worth it. This installation of Fashion News Sources brings to you a site you might have previously heard of before as it is a major resource in the apparel industry.

Fashion News Source: #4

Apparel Magazine

Designed for industry executives, Apparel Magzine knows whats going on in every aspect of the apparel industry. Separated into five categories, they provide in-depth information and analysis fit for execs. Catagories include Design, Supply Chain/Production, Retail Intelligence, Apparel Tech, and Financial News. As a production student, I love that they have a category dedicated towards the subject. It includes all sorts of information that we go over in class, including PLM systems, sourcing, transportation, and order management.

As a production student, I don’t focus as much on the other categories provided by Apparel Magazine, however, knowing the depth and breadth of the information provided in the Supply Chain/Production section, I would bet money that they live up to the high standards set on it by the industry.

This is truly a fantastic source to get your information. It is a necessity in your information loop.

(photo courtesy of Apparel Magazine)

Fashion News Source Pt. 3

Here we are again, back with the third installation of fashion news sources. This media outlet is very special. They are relatively young, being around for just about 6 years, though they have made a name for themselves, both in the media world and in the world of their readers. I’m proud to introduce you all to our next news source.

Fashion News Source: #3

Industry Dive

Created with executives in mind, Industry offers insightful analysis on key topics in a variety of industries. Starting out with only two industries, over their 6 successful years, Industry Dive now covers thirteen industries: biopharma, CIO, construction, education, food, HR, healthcare, marketing, retail, smart cities, supply chain, utility, and waste. For students at FIT, we are most likely interested in their retail coverage.

Retail Dive is not specific to the apparel industry, but seeing how the apparel industry is massive, it is often covered. From e-commerce to brick-and-mortar, Retail Dive covers the major stories. You can subscribe to Retail Dive to get important articles sent to you so that you never miss a beat.

As a Production Management student at FIT, it is hard for me to not bring up Supply Chain Dive. The supply chain is a major component of any product, and all FIT students should be aware of what is going on in the industry to some extent. Again, you can subscribe to Supply Chain Dive to make sure you receive articles in your email.

I highly recommend looking at Industry Dive and seeing what interests you. They cover all the major happenings in the respective industries and truly supply information worthy of an executives time.

(photo courtesy of Industry Dive)

Here’s to My Last Semester:

This is it— next semester is my final semester. My last hoorah. My last time to enjoy the city as a student. I can’t believe my time here is almost up. Your last semester of college is totally not the end, even though it may feel like it at times. Good news is there’s tons of ways to make your last semester memorable and productive, just like I’m going to make mine!

1. EMBRACE THE LAST MOMENTS

It’s crazy to think the “best four years of your life” (or three in my case, lol) are just about over. As scary as that may sound, there is so much to look forward to. The most interesting feeling as a senior is the nostalgia you feel about the past.

2. DO SOMETHING

It’s never too late to get involved. Join that organization you “never had time for” before. Plus, it makes for a great resume builder…or just take on an intensive internship!

3. POLISH YOUR RESUME AND PERFECT COVER LETTERS

Speaking of resumes, now is the time to perfect them. Make sure everything is up to date and practice writing cover letters.

4. SOAK UP WHAT FIT HAS TO OFFER

The real world will not be as forgiving as FIT…who am I kidding, we all know FIT is intense. If they haven’t already, mommy and daddy won’t be paying for things anymore. Appreciate the free food around campus, going to an organizational meeting and having financial aid.

5. STAY ORGANIZED

Chances are you’re going to be applying to at least 40+ jobs (unfortunately, finding jobs after graduation isn’t as easy as your humanities elective). Create a spreadsheet to organize where and when you applied, what position and the location of the job.

6. KEEP UP

Let’s be honest, you mentally checked out of college as soon as winter break started. But skipping class and missing homework assignments won’t help you graduate. Buy a planner and stay up to date with all your deadlines. Each assignment you turn in leaves you one step closer to graduation.

7. NETWORKING NEVER FELT SO GOOD

By this point you should know what exactly you want to get into, and the only way to get into it is by making those connections. Keep in touch with your old internship supervisor and network whenever you can—these are going to be useful relationships to have. Mingle like you’re desperate, but in this case, for a job, not for a relationship.

8. CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

You know that picture of you holding a red cup in your bathing suit during spring break? It’s got to go. Potential employers are going to be checking your Facebook and other social media sites during the hiring process. The last thing you want is to not get a job because you were photographed doing something inappropriate!

9. DO IT ALL

Now is not the time to be afraid of what you want. You’ve made it this far and the only thing stopping you from reaching your goals are your fears. You can do anything you set your mind too…times ticking!

10. ENJOY IT

After all is said and done, this is your last year of college. You’re not going to have the free time you have now once you sell your soul to the real world. Stay out ‘til 4 a.m., or go on a spontaneous adventure. These however many years won’t happen again!

xx

Mariano