Fashion Students

List of Careers in the Fashion Industry

Often when people think about working in the fashion industry, they only think about working as a fashion designer. However, there are loads of great careers for fashion enthusiasts to go into in the fashion industry! I’ve listed some of the main career paths in fashion below:

#1 – Fashion Design

Fashion design covers a whole range of different jobs. There are many different specialisms under the umbrella term ‘fashion design’. A designer can specialise in haute couture, ready to wear or high street fashion. They can work for an independent designer, supplier, retailer, work freelance or have their own label. A designer may also specialise in specific garment types or in menswear, womenswear or childrenswear. Regardless of which specialism a designer belongs to, they are responsible for coming up with ideas for garments or collections to sell to customers. Their role includes research, concept development, sketching and reviewing samples.

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#2 – Garment Technology

A technologist’s job varies depending on the company they work for and the products that they work on. A garment technologist is mostly responsible for ensuring the quality and fit of garments. They may also be expected to work on the quality of the fabrics that garments are made from. Technologists may also work on innovating new fabrics and garments to improve quality, fit and durability.

#3 – Trend Forecasting

A trend forecaster is responsible for predicting trends for upcoming seasons. They often work very far in advance. They may work for trend forecasting agencies such as WGSN, or for specific brands, advising designers on what different customers will want to buy in different seasons.

#4 – Accessory Design

This role is similar fashion design, but with the focus on accessories. Designers can specialise in footwear, bags, hats, jewellery, socks, gloves or scarves. They can either work for (or start a brand) that is solely focused on selling accessories, or a certain type of accessory, or they can work for a fashion brand that needs accessories to compliment their fashion collections.

#5 – Textile Design

Textiles designers are responsible for designing textiles for garment or accessory production. They may be involved in the production process of textiles if they work on woven or knitted fabrics, choosing the colours and designs before the fabric is made. They could also work on surface textile design, where the focus is on the print or embroidery that is applied to the fabric after it has been produced.

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#6 – Fashion Production

Fashion production is concerned with converting raw materials into finished garments. A job in fashion production may include producing, dyeing or treating fabrics. Or, a job in fashion production could be focused more on garment production. This could include pattern cutting, pattern grading or sewing final garments.

#7 – Fashion Buying

A buyer working for a small brand or boutique may be responsible for purchasing branded merchandise from designers to fill a store for their specific customer. In a bigger retail company, a buyer may be more concerned with working with the designers and on the development of garments. They are responsible for researching into trends, fashion shows, and looking at what other competitors are doing in order to make decisions about what garments should be made/bought for their customer.

#8 – Fashion Merchanding

A fashion merchandiser decides how many of each garment should be bought and which stores they should be stocked in to ensure their customer is able to buy the garments they want to buy. This is a very business oriented role and is focused on maximising sales and profit. They are expected to analyse previous seasons sales, know their target customer and work with designers and buyers. They may also be involved in the product pricing process.

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#9 – Fashion Communication

There are many jobs that fit under the umbrella of fashion communication. Overall, jobs in fashion communication are concerned with informing the public about what clothes are available each season. One job in fashion communication is fashion PR (public relations). They are focused on getting public exposure for fashion brands. Another area of fashion communication is marketing, they are concerned with getting customers to buy the products in a more targeted manner, such as creating ad campaigns. Other jobs that are included under fashion communication include fashion photographer, fashion magazine editor and fashion journalist.

#10 – Fashion Styling

Stylists may work in magazines, television, music or catalogue styling. They are concerned with working with individual clients on the look they want to create, rather than imposing their own style on the client. They need to have a good knowledge of trends in stores and on the catwalk.

Of course, there are many other job roles and career paths available in the fashion industry, if you would like to read more about these roles, I would recommend looking at this book for more information.

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Money Saving Tips for Fashion Design Students

Studying fashion design is a very expensive business! So I’ve put together a few money saving tips for anyone already studying fashion design, or any of you who are planning on studying fashion design in the future!

#1 – Set yourself a budget

At the beginning of every academic year, or at the beginning of every project, set yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend on fabrics, art supplies and anything else you may need for the time period. This ensures that you are keeping an eye on how much your spending, and stops you from getting carried away!

When you buy anything related to your course, keep the receipts as a record for how much you’ve spent and periodically check how your budget is doing throughout the year/term.

Your university will often give a rough idea of how much they expect you’ll spend in the first, second and third year – so look to these as a guideline when setting yourself your own budget.

#2 – Check with your tutor before splashing the cash!

Before you head out to buy your fabrics and haberdasheries, check with your tutor that you are buying the right thing for your design and concept. It’s easy to get stuck in the fabric shop not knowing what to buy, which results in you buying everything! Or, going to the fabric shop, buying the fabric you think is right, and then getting back to uni to be told that you bought the wrong fabric/haberdashery for your project.

This is especially important for the first year, as you may not be experienced enough to know the type of fabric you should buy, the kind of zip you should buy and also how many metres of fabric you should buy. It’s always best to check before going shopping!

#3 – Go to student friendly fabric shops

There are a good number of fabric shops out there in London (have a look at my list of fabric and haberdashery shops here), but not all of them are student friendly – price wise. This is particularly true in your first, and even second year, when you are learning the ropes and are sure to make a few mistakes here or there when sewing. My tip is to buy fabrics from cheaper priced stores, such as the ones on Goldhawk Road or Woolcrest Textiles in East London as much as you possibly can.

Of course, some of these shops may not have the quality that you are looking for, but if you look hard enough you can sometimes find some real gems of amazing rolls of fabrics that could work for your project. I think it’s best to leave the more expensive shops for your second and third year when getting high-quality fabrics are a bit more important and when you’re a bit more experienced. You can still visit and get swatches of fabrics from more expensive shops so that you can build your knowledge of fabrics so that you’re ready for your final collection!

#4 – Always ask for student discount!

Being a student is one of the few opportunities you get in life to get discounts! So make sure you ask in every shop if they do student discount or not. A lot of fabric and art stores will offer a student discount of up to 10% so it’s definitely worth enquiring as the savings can add up!

#5 – Keep all your leftover fabrics

Usually, at the end of a project, you’ll be left with a little bit of fabric left over that could be used in the future. Make sure you keep it stored somewhere safe and clean so that in a future project you can look in your own fabric collection to see if there’s something that can be used. This can help you save money for future projects, or can even be used for your own personal projects!

I hope these tips were useful to you all! Let me know if you have any money saving tips of your own on Instagram and Twitter!

 

Dealing with Creative Block

Every creative person will have had some experience with creative block at some point. There will be times when you feel really motivated and inspired, but then there will be other times when inspiration doesn’t come as easy. But when you have a deadline to work towards, having creative block can be very annoying and stressful.

I’ve put together a few tips that may help you if you need to overcome your creative block:

#1 – Take a break

Sometimes creative block is a consequence of being under too much stress and putting too much pressure on yourself. If you’ve been working really hard on your projects, and haven’t given yourself enough time to take regular breaks, you may find yourself dealing with creative block. The best thing to do in these situations is to take a step back from your project(s) and take a break. Relax by yourself, take a nap, meditate, watch a movie, read a book, or meet with friends. Do anything that helps you to relax and takes your mind off your project. After doing this, you can come back to your project with fresh eyes and hopefully, you’ll feel more motivated and inspired with lots of new ideas.

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#2 – Exercise

Another way to get your mind off your project is to do some exercise. This allows you to take your mind off your project and also do something for yourself and your health. This might just be taking a walk around your neighbourhood, or could be heading out to the gym for a full-on workout, whatever works best for you. There have been studies that show that regular exercise helps boost creativity, read more about it here.

#3 – Visit a museum or gallery

A great way to get inspired is by looking at the work of others. Visit a museum or gallery that has an exhibit related to your project, you might find the missing link that you’ve been looking for to push your own project forward. You may even choose to visit a museum or gallery that has nothing to do with your project, it just has work that you really like by artists and designers that you really admire. This can motivate you to push on with your own project and can offer you a source of extra inspiration.

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#4 – Get a new perspective

Sometimes, when you’ve been working on something for a really long time, you start to question what you’re doing, just because you’ve been looking at it for too long. A tip that I learned from a tutor a few years ago is to look at your work in a different way. This may be looking at it upside down, at an angle, or looking at its reflection in a mirror. This is particularly useful when it comes to drawing and illustrating. By looking at your work in a new way, you may start to get new ideas.

#5 – Draw anything!

Your creative block may be the result of overthinking. If you’re starting a new project, it can sometimes be hard to make that first mark on an empty, blank page. Try just drawing anything that comes to your mind, scribbling or doodling without thinking. This helps to eliminate that fear of making a mistake on a new page and also loosens you up before you start drawing.

 

I hope this gave you some ideas of how you can overcome creative block when it creeps up on you! I’d love to hear your solutions to creative block and how you deal with it, tweet me @tizz_tazz to share your experiences.

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Time Management Tips for Fashion Students

One of the most important things I’ve learned from studying a fashion degree is the importance of time-management. The majority of fashion students that I’ve met say that time-management is their weakest skill and is the most important skill you can have when studying a design course.

Even if you have the most amazing design, sewing, and drawing skills, if you don’t have good time-management you will find yourself struggling on a fashion course to get everything finished in time for hand-in. So I’ve put together a few of my favourite time management tips that I hope you will all find useful!

#1 – Know your deadlines!

I know this one sounds pretty obvious, but it’s quite easy to forget the exact date and time of your deadline once you get started on a project. Ensure to read your project brief to find out the date, time and location of your project hand-in so you know exactly what you’re working towards.

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#2 – Use lists

I love keeping lists! I find it useful to write regular to-do lists (daily or weekly) to keep a physical note of all the tasks that I need to complete. The thing that I love most about keeping lists is being able to scribble through the tasks that I have completed, this gives me a sense of achievement once I’ve finished a task!

However, one thing I must say about lists is that they can become too long, so make sure you’re reviewing a re-writing your to-do lists regularly so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

If you don’t like the idea of writing out a list every day, keep your list on your phone. You could use a Notes or Reminders app, or have a look on App stores for any other great list-making apps.

Another great trick that I’ve learned is having a list of only 3 important tasks a day that gets you closer to your goal. Keep your tasks manageable for the time that you have. Completing all 3 small tasks every day helps you to feel a sense of achievement each day, and gets you closer to your overall goal.

#3 – Prioritize!

It is really important to prioritize your tasks once you know what you need to do. There’s no point finishing something that’s due in 5 months time when you have an essay due tomorrow!  So try and put a date to your tasks, and ask yourself what needs to be done first.

#4 – Be realistic

When writing out your to-do list, or prioritizing your tasks, try to be realistic with it. Think about what you can actually get done in a day or a week. If possible, plan in more time than is actually needed for each task to ensure that you have some breathing space if something goes wrong. If you’re are realistic, you are less likely to be disappointed with a big section of your to-do list that didn’t get crossed off.

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#5 – Stay organized

Keep your work area clean and organized so when it comes to starting your work, you don’t have to spend half the time clearing up. Also, make sure that all your sewing and drawing equipment is kept together in a bag or pencil case so that you can find everything when you need it.

Hopefully, these tips are helpful! I would love if you shared your time-management tips with me and other fashion students on Twitter, tweet me @tizz_tazz.

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When University Doesn’t Go As Planned…

Starting University is exciting. Meeting new people, learning new things and possibly moving to a new place. But sometimes it just doesn’t go as you expected.

I first started University in 2014, excited and ready to take the first step towards my dream career. However, as I got into my first term studying fashion design, I realised I wasn’t enjoying my course as much as I thought I would. I hadn’t made any friends, I didn’t enjoy my classes, I wasn’t learning what I expected and I didn’t particularly like most of my tutors. But I told myself I had to work through it, I thought it might improve if I kept going. So I slogged through the first term, failing my first project. I managed to make it through the second term, improving my grades, and struggled through the third. But I made it and I passed first year. I was so relieved to have made it to the summer break, so I removed University from my mind and enjoyed the holidays!

But, three months later, starting back in the second year, I realised that I really didn’t want to be there. I still hadn’t made any good friends, I didn’t feel like I learnt much from my first year and I just felt in my gut that this wasn’t the right place for me. So I decided to take the brave move to leave this University.

I was lucky to have people around me to discuss my options with, family and previous teachers. They helped me realise that it wasn’t the course I disliked, but the institution itself. Their methods, and way of teaching didn’t suit me as a student, so I decided to transfer to a different University that was more suited to me. However, because of the lack of teaching I’d received from my past institution and the knock on effect that this had on my confidence, the course leader of the new University decided that it’d be best if I re-did first-year to consolidate my skills as a designer. At first, I was a bit unsure whether I wanted to do this, it involved going backwards and paying another year of tuition fees. But I decided that it was worth doing, as it was a place I thought I could really grow and really be happy in.

Although this was a tough experience for me, I’m glad that I went through it. I think it made me a much stronger person and I am much happier at the University that I’m in now. Hopefully, from my experience, I can help anyone else who feels the same way I did. I think it’s important for students to enjoy University, so if something doesn’t feel right, do something about it! Here are a few tips for anyone feeling this way.

If it’s the course…

If you’re at a University that you really love, i.e you’ve made good friends, like the area and the atmosphere, but you’re just not enjoying what you’re learning. You may have just chosen the wrong course! If you think that’s you, make an appointment to talk to the course leader about how you’re feeling. Usually, if you do this in the first term, they should be able to transfer you to a different course (if there are spaces free). If you’re in the second or third term, it’s still worth talking to your course leader to see if there’s is anything else you can do.

If it’s the University…

If you know that you love the subject you’re studying, but you don’t enjoy the way it’s taught or the atmosphere of the University, you may need to transfer. This one’s a bit trickier, but ultimately you’ll still need to go to see your course leader to let them know that you want to leave. But before you do this, make sure that you’ve secured yourself a space at another University more suited to you. The best way to do this is to try and get in touch with the course leader at your preferred University and see if they’ll allow you to transfer (you may need to go in for an interview like I did). If you can’t transfer, you may need to withdraw from your University and apply through UCAS for the following year – I don’t know the details of how this works so I would talk to the admissions team at your chosen University or speak to someone at UCAS. Whatever happens, make sure that you inform Student Finance (if you are a UK student) so that your funding is correct for you.

If it’s University in General…

You might get to University and realise the whole experience just isn’t for you, and that’s fine! Just make sure you’ve really thought about your decision and spoken to family and people you trust about it. Again, if you decide to leave University completely you’ll have to speak to your course leader. But my advice to anyone that decides to leave University is to make sure you have something else planned to do. Whether that’s a job, apprenticeship or even starting your own business! It’s important that you have something to wake up to in the morning, and something to keep you motivated.

All in all, the most important thing is to make sure whatever you do makes you happy. I know it’s cliché, but life is too short to go somewhere and do something that you don’t enjoy.

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Maintaining a Study/Life Balance

Studying at University can be really stressful. Juggling coursework, deadlines, family commitments, having somewhat of a social life and possibly a part-time job is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. If you’re studying a creative design course, it is especially difficult to get the balance right between doing coursework and actually living your life!

However, you’ll be glad to hear that studying a design course doesn’t have to take over your life. I’ve put together a few tips to help you find and maintain balance throughout your time at University.

#1 – Use a diary or calendar

Get a diary, or even better, use the calendar app on your phone to keep a record of all your classes and any other personal commitments (like a part-time job). Using this, you can then easily see what free time you have to complete coursework, see friends and family or just relax!

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#2 – Create a project planner

For each project you have been assigned, create a project planner detailing each individual task you need to complete in order to fulfill the brief and meet the assessment requirements. Alongside each of the tasks, also note the date it needs to be completed by. It may help to work backward from the deadline date and give yourself enough time at the end to resolve any issues if anything didn’t go to plan. If you follow a project plan, you’re less likely to end up with loads of work to catch up with at the last minute, and it allows you to plan in some personal time to spend relaxing or with friends and family.

#3 – Use to-do lists

Using your project planner, make regular to-do lists, either daily or weekly, to keep on top with tasks that you need to complete. To-do lists help ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks, and also gives you a sense of achievement when you can draw a line through tasks you’ve completed!

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#4 – Learn to prioritize

Some Uni tasks will take precedence over others, ensure that you complete the most urgent tasks first as to not leave them to the last minute.

Sometimes, you may need to prioritize yourself over your coursework! If you find that you’re feeling really stressed out or tired, take some time for yourself to relax and rest before trying to finish your coursework. You won’t create your best work if you aren’t feeling good, so always find time to check in with you.

I hope these tips have helped you out! I’m planning to write some more detailed blog posts on time-management, project planning and organisation soon, so look out for those on my social media 😊.

 

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Making the Most of Your Time at University

University is a really exciting time. It’s a time where you get to learn loads of new things and meet some great people. There are loads of opportunities available to students whilst at university, so it’s important that you’re looking out for them and take advantage of them whilst you’re studying.

I’ve put together my list of tips to make the most of your time at university:

#1 – Don’t skip class!

Once you start university, you soon start to realise how much more freedom and independence you have in comparison to being at school, it then becomes very tempting to skip a few classes! But, my advice is you should try to miss as few classes as possible. Firstly, you are paying for every class you have at university through your tuition fees, so you want to make sure you get the most out of your money. Secondly, missing a class or lecture could mean you miss an opportunity or information that is really valuable. It also makes it more likely that you’ll fall behind the rest of the class.

For students studying fashion design, it can be very tempting to skip classes when you feel you haven’t got enough coursework to show your tutor. You may tell yourself that you’ll just skip this one class so that you can catch up. However, this is usually a bad idea as you end up falling more behind! It’s much better to go to class with the little work that you have done and get feedback on it, and also ask for help if you are struggling. And remember it’s quality over quantity :).

#2 – Join a club

If your university has clubs or societies to join, join one! Have a look if there are any that interest you, they are usually a great place to meet new people that aren’t on your course and learn new things. There may even be opportunities to start a new club or society if you so wish!

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#3 – Budget wisely

Student loans don’t tend to stretch that far. After paying your rent (if you’re not living at home) you don’t have a lot of money to play with. Try making a weekly or monthly budget, and make sure you stick to it.

This tip is especially important for fashion design students. As well as paying for the normal student stuff, and having enough money for any leisure activities. You’ll also need to leave quite a big chunk of your budget to buy fabrics and pay for printing. You’ll want to have enough money so that you can buy good quality fabrics for your final garments. But try not to spend too much money on fabrics in the first year as you’ll want to be saving money for your final collection in third-year.

#4 – Take advantage of your university’s resources

There are loads of resources available to university students from universities, you just have to keep a look out for them. Some resources include career advice, business start-up advice, essay writing help and financial advice. If you’re interested in finding out what resources your university offers, ask your course leader or another member of staff.

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#5 – Get involved

Universities also offer some volunteering opportunities for their students, as well as paid roles. Ask about becoming a student rep, helping out at open days or at any other events. Sometimes these roles will be voluntary, but these can also be paid roles for students.

#6 – Student discounts

Being a student is one of the few times in life when you get discounts and freebies! Take advantage of this and make sure you know about all the best student deals. Some great student discount membership organisations are NUS and Unidays. Amazon Prime also has a great student deal.

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#7 – Work placements, internships & study abroad

Some universities and courses also offer opportunities for students to do work placements or internships whilst studying. It’s a really great idea to do as many internships or work placements whilst studying as possible as it allows you to make contacts for when you graduate and are looking for work. If your course doesn’t allow you time to take up a placement during the term, you could also look for summer student internships.

Your university may even offer opportunities for you to study a term or a year of your class abroad, in destinations such as Europe, Canada, Austrailia, Asia and the USA. This is a great opportunity to grab if you’ve always wanted to experience life in a different country. Talk to you course leader about these opportunities in your first year.

#8 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help

My final tip is to never be afraid to ask for help. Don’t let opportunities pass you by just because you didn’t ask. University is a time to learn, explore and make mistakes, if you need help, there will definitely be someone at your university willing and able to help you out :).

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Attending University Open Days

If you’re looking to go to university, it’s really important that you attend open days for the universities that you are considering applying to. It helps you make an informed decision about where to apply as you get to see the campus, meet the tutors and talk to current students.

I’ve put together a few tips on how to get the most out of university open days, before, during and after.

BEFORE – Get prepared

  • Decide and research into what course you’re interested in. There is usually a lot of information about courses on university websites.
  • Look at where the university is in relation to the nearest station and its location with the town/city. This is where Google Maps comes in handy!
  • Plan your route. Decide what is the best transport to take to get to the university, you may decide to drive, get a taxi, bus/coach or train. Some universities may even require a plane ride! Just make sure you plan in advance so that you have time to book any transport tickets and get the best price for them.
  • Have a rough plan for the day. Every university runs their open days slightly different. Some universities may offer you a timetable of events happening on the open day beforehand including talks and tours. This gives you time to decide which ones you’re interested in and allows you to make a plan. You may even need to book a place on a talk or tour, so make sure you check this with the university beforehand.
  • Compose a list of questions about the university/course that you want answers to. Below are some examples of questions you might want to ask:
    • What are the entry requirements?
    • Is there still an opportunity to get onto the course if I don’t meet all the entry requirements?
    • What do the tutors look for in an application and personal statement?
    • Will I need a portfolio to apply for the course? What should be included in a portfolio?
    • What do the tutors look for in a portfolio?
    • Does the course do interviews?
    • Is there any time for work placements or internships on the course?
    • What have previous graduates gone on to do?
  • Also, think about questions you may want to ask current students to get a different perspective. Below are some examples of questions you might want to ask:
    • What are the best and worst things about the course/university?
    • What has their experience on the course been like?
    • What is it like living in the town/city?

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ON THE DAY – Ask lots of questions!

  • Make sure you arrive on time! You don’t want to miss any important talks/tours.
  • Attend course talks/lectures for courses that you are interested in, make sure you take notes at all the talks/lectures to reflect on when you get home.
  • Attend any finance talks that some universities offer if you are confused about student finance.
  • Go on tours of the university campus and accommodation.
  • Go on tours of the town/city if they are offered.
  • Allow yourself time to explore the area yourself to see if you can picture yourself living there.

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AFTER – Reflect

  • Look through your notes and any leaflets that were given to you to ensure that all your questions were answered, and you understand everything that you were told on the day. If you’re unsure about anything, phone or email the university to clarify any details.
  • Discuss the open day with a parent, family member, teacher or friend. This allows you to reflect on the open day and ultimately make a decision on whether you want to apply.

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Should I go to University?

During the period of time when you’re studying for your GCSE’s and A-Levels, there’s a lot of pressure from parents, teachers and even friends that you should go to university. University is a great place to expand your mind, learn new things and meet new people. But, going to university is not for everybody. There are other options available to you when you leave school such as apprenticeships, starting your own business or jumping straight in and getting a job!

In the end, no one can tell you whether you should go to University or not, it’s a decision that you have to make for yourself. But, I’ve put together a few questions that may help you make your final decision.

#1 – What is my end goal?

Before you decide to go (or not go) to university, you should have a rough idea in your head about what your end goal is. This includes knowing what subjects you really enjoy, what industry you could see yourself working in or even what job you could see yourself having.

Certain career paths require you to have a degree, whereas other do not. It’s important that you research into the career or job that you’re working towards before you make the decision of whether or not to go to university. Good places to research this information include career books, job descriptions and talking to professionals or teachers that have experience in the particular industry you are interested in.

However, if you’re not sure about what your end goal is, that’s okay too. Very few people know exactly what they want to do when they’re in their teens, or even in their twenties! The most important thing is that you ask yourself what you enjoy doing and what you’re talented in and then go from there. If you are really struggling with this, talk to a teacher, family member or career advisor to get their help.

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#2 – Is there a subject that I really love and want to explore?

Unlike school or college, when you go to university you have to decide on one (or sometimes two) subjects that you want to study for 3+ years. So, it’s really important that, if you do decide to go to university, you choose a subject that you really enjoy that will hold your interest for the duration of the course. Remember, university study is a lot more independent, so you will need to be able to motivate yourself to study, complete assignments and do your coursework, which is a lot easier when you love the subject you’re studying.

Sometimes, if you have a career goal in mind, you may have to study topics that you don’t absolutely love. But if you know that studying that particular subject will get you to your dream job or career path, that can be enough to keep you motivated as well.

#3 – What are the alternatives?

If you aren’t sure whether you should go to university or not, you should look into what the alternatives are. At school, the idea of going to university is really pushed upon us, but there are other ways to reach your overall goals. Some of the alternatives available include apprenticeships, taking a gap year, starting your own business or getting a job. Research into all the alternatives available and think about which is the most suitable for you and your goals.

#4 – Do I need a degree?

Again, it’s important to consider your career goals. Not all careers require you to have a degree, some may prefer apprenticeships and other may offer entry level jobs for applicants straight out of school. It’s all about research!

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#5 – Can I afford to go to university?

University has become a lot more expensive in recent years which sucks 👎, so it’s important that you consider the financial side of going to university. Research into how much your preferred universities are charging and how the student loan system works. Have a look at

Research into how much your preferred universities are charging and how the student loan system works. Have a look at this and this for more information about student finance (UK).

As well as looking into the costs of the course and accommodation, think about the other costs of living that you incur as a student like food, utility bills, course materials etc. The maintenance loan that is offered to you by student finance often doesn’t cover everything that you need to pay for as a student, so you’ll need to have some savings, get a job and/or have parents that are willing to help you out financially.

However, if you really do want to go to university, don’t let money get in the way. There are services and support available if you look for it, so make sure you do your research. Contact your local council or your chosen universities to see if they can offer any financial help. You may also be able to make savings by living at home whilst studying if that’s suitable for you, or you could take a gap year and get a job to save up some money that you can put towards your university fund.

I hope these questions have helped you think about whether going to university is the right option for you. Remember that this is a decision that you have to make for you, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just think about what you will be happiest doing, and what will bring you closer to your personal goals.

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Art Supply Shops in London

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Art Supply Shops in London

As an art & design student you’ll constantly be needing art supplies to work on your projects. I’ve put together a list of art supply shops in London that I’ve come accross that could be useful to you. Don’t worry, if you’re not studying in the London area, most of these shops allow you to order online!

Cass Art
Website: cassart.co.uk
Store Locations: Islington, Hampstead, Charing Cross, Soho, Kensington, Kingston
Order online?: Yes

Cowling & Wilcox
Website: cowlingandwilcox.com
Store Locations: Shoreditch, Camberwell, Highbury
Order online?: Yes

London Graphic Centre
Website: londongraphics.co.uk
Store Locations: Covent Garden
Order online?: Yes

The Southbank Art Company
Website: southbankart.co.uk
Store Locations: Elephant & Castle
Order online?: Yes (limited products)

Jackson’s Art Supplies
Website: jacksonsart.com
Store Locations: Stoke Newington, Fulham
Order online?: Yes

Art Supply Shops London

Atlantis Art
Website: atlantisart.co.uk
Store Locations: Old Street
Order online?: Yes

The London Art Shop 
Website: thelondonartshop.co.uk
Store Locations: Finchley
Order online?: No

L.Cornelissen & Son
Website: cornelissen.com
Store Locations: Bloomsbury
Order online?: Yes

 

Great Art
Website: greatart.co.uk
Store Locations: Shoreditch
Order online?: Yes

AP Fitzpatrick Fine Art Materials 
Website: shop.apfitzpatrick.co.uk
Store Locations: Bethnal Green
Order online?: Yes

Art Supply Shops London

Shepherds 
Website: store.bookbinding.co.uk/store
Store Locations: Pimlico
Order online?: Yes

QueArts
Website: quearts.com
Store Locations: Kennington
Order online?: No

Paperchase
Website: paperchase.co.uk
Store Locations: Tottenham Court Road, various locations
Order online?: Yes

If you know of any more great art supply shops in London that should be added to this list, let me know! Tweet me @tizz_tazz or contact me here.

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