According to this article in WWD, the job situation for students in the fashion industry is looking real good these days. The article quotes Judy Nylen, director of career and professional development at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., who says "Job listings in fashion are up 42 percent this year over last year, which is huge.”
We're not just talking about fashion companies here, some grads have landed cush jobs at footwear brands like Nike and Reebok. Pratt’s assistant director of career and professional development, Deborah Yanagisawa says companies aren't looking for people in entry-level peon gigs either: “This is the first year I’ve actually had a major firm tell me that they wanted to hire a designer. In the past, they’ve all asked for assistant designers, so it’s very exciting that at least one firm has said it wants to hire young, exciting talent at the designer level.”
Don't get it twisted, these new jobs are demanding much more talent than previous years. It seems there's been a rise in kids trying to break into the footwear industry, so companies are looking for people who are experts not just in sneakers, but are well-versed in fashion footwear too. So for you sneakerheads out there, better start reading up on Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. [WWD]
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