Ask Chris Benz: How Do I Move From Wall Street to 7th Avenue?

Dear Chris, I'm currently a second year MBA student and a big fan of your column on Fashionista. I was working in financial trading for a few years and discovered that I hated it. So I came to school and realized I wanted to put my talents to use in fashion, which I love. However, the industry is really hard to penetrate and it feels like MBAs are not valued. Do you have any advice/suggestions for people who do not have a pure fashion background but would love to get into this industry? Any advice or even a word of encouragement is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!! J-MBA
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Dear Chris, I'm currently a second year MBA student and a big fan of your column on Fashionista. I was working in financial trading for a few years and discovered that I hated it. So I came to school and realized I wanted to put my talents to use in fashion, which I love. However, the industry is really hard to penetrate and it feels like MBAs are not valued. Do you have any advice/suggestions for people who do not have a pure fashion background but would love to get into this industry? Any advice or even a word of encouragement is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!! J-MBA
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Dear Chris,

I'm currently a second year MBA student and a big fan of your column on Fashionista. I was working in financial trading for a few years and discovered that I hated it. So I came to school and realized I wanted to put my talents to use in fashion, which I love. However, the industry is really hard to penetrate and it feels like MBAs are not valued. Do you have any advice/suggestions for people who do not have a pure fashion background but would love to get into this industry? Any advice or even a word of encouragement is greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you!!!

J-MBA

Dear J-MBA,

An education is a huge attribute, of course, to any career. It helps you understand things in different ways, and creates a foundation for you to follow your dreams.

Fashion is, above all else, a business. A financial education is something that's often missing, and in mercurial industries like fashion, something that is highly prized. There are some terrific headhunting companies for fashion-related placement and I am sure they would be overjoyed to hear from someone with your qualifications.

Like I have mentioned in previous Q&A’s, there are so many ancillary yet integral roles under the fashion umbrella, many of which go unsung as heroes in the industry. The financiers and businesspeople are often times overlooked but play just as important a role in the glamor, flash, and romance of the industry as the designers and models.

So, I say, go for it! There is definitely a place for you in fashion, particularly if that is what you love. Finances may not be terribly scintillating in any industry, but you might as well work in one where you’re in the orbit of style.

xx CB

Chris will be back next week with more fashion and career advice. Got a question? Email him on askchrisbenz@fashionista.com.