An Audience With...Careers Clinic: Gemma's five minutes of fame
Sunday's afternoon shows were interrupted for Graduate Fashion Week's 'An Audience With...' Careers Clinic, a chance for students to get some advice and put their questions to key professionals from across the industry. River Island's MD Richard Bradbury lead the discussion and was joined by Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Mulberry, Gaia Geddes, Executive Fashion and Jewellery Editor of Harpers Bazaar, Alice Smith of Smith and Pye Recruitment, Graduate Fashion Week chairman Terry Mansfield and some young New Media upstart called Gemma Cartwright (that'd be me, then)...
It was only a few years ago that I was a fashion graduate myself, so joining such highly respected and experienced industry peers on stage was quite a daunting task. However, I hope students at the talk appreciated the fact that someone so young was up there proving it can be done. There are fantastic jobs out there for people looking to work in fashion, it just takes a lot of self-belief and a little luck to get them! I remember the stresses of that final year, and I definitely remember what it's like to be applying for jobs and dealing with rejection, so hopefully I could join my fellow speakers in giving some useful advice.
The careers council talk touched on everything from what to put in a design portfolio to what new jobs are being created as a result of fashion's embracing the web. GFWlive.com was there to film some of the best bits, so watch out for videos very soon. We also grabbed Stuart and Alice at the end of the show for a quick chat about their involvement with GFW as judges (as well as a bit of a goss about the fashion industry in general). That's coming very soon!