What is Success in the Fashion Industry, According to the Professionals?
Millions of men and women grow up dreaming of success in the fashion industry; but, only a few end up with a career in the field. And only a precious few of those have the motivation and talent to become successful models or designers.
In order to apply science to this often thought of ephemeral industry, The Career Development Quarterly, vol. 58, no.3, March 2010 (Toronto Reference Library - Business, Science and Technology Department) has published results of two sets of open-ended interviews with 33 fashion industry professionals. The data was analysed using a ‘grounded approach methodology’: a) External definitions of success mentioned were salary, promotions, sales, being seen as an expert, and having influence and b) Internal rewards included being innovative, maintaining integrity, and work satisfaction.
This article could better shine a light on career directions in the area of fashion. To read the hardcopy and come to a conclusion, do come to Toronto Reference Library, 3rd floor, Periodicals section, or read it online.
To find books on this subject, you can search our catalogue using subject keywords: fashion vocational guidance. I recommend The Fashion Careers Guidebook, 1st ed., by Julia Yates. 2011.