School may be out for the summer, but the lessons learned throughout the year are often put to good use during break — especially if you're one of the thousands of students honing your skills through an internship or recent graduates on the hunt for a job in the industry. Starting a career in fashion, whether that means editorial, design, public relations, retail, marketing or a different area altogether, is a dream for countless college grads around the world, but breaking into the space is no easy task.
While the business is rapidly changing for a digital and direct-to-consumer world, jobs remain notoriously difficult to come across, and those that open up are highly competitive. If you dream of working in fashion, but are in need of some guidance from those who've been there, we're here to help: Not only do the editors on team Fashionista have firsthand experience navigating the tricky post-grad interview and job search process, they've spent over a decade collecting wisdom from some of the biggest names in the industry in order to pass it along to readers.
Here, we've collected what we consider to be the most valuable pointers to recent graduates — and anyone looking to change course and start a career in fashion — in partnership with Istituto Marangoni. It's free to download, just fill out the quick form and you're good to go.