Fashion Entrepreneur Podcast

Fashion Originators

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Hi.

Welcome to Fashion Originators, a podcast hosted by me, Stephanie Irwin. Every other week, I interview game-changing fashion entrepreneurs. Each episode, THEY share their wins, losses and wisdom – all to inspire your career and personal goals.

Find a fashion job you love (in 4 steps) #motivationmonday

Find a fashion job you love (in 4 steps) #motivationmonday

 Whether you want to work for a fashion originator, or are one yourself, being able to find a fashion job you love can be a challenge. 

Devising a business idea? You’re probably asking yourself where you fit in – where your ‘people’ are. Vying for a day job at a fashion startup? You’re probably wondering what the company culture is like, or if everyone else loves Business of Fashion as much as you do (hint: they don’t).

Regardless of your predicament, I have built a strategy framework that has served me well in the past. It flows like this:

Find a fashion job you love

1. Target (main idea for career or business)

2. Potential companies (competitors or places your could work)

3. Niches (untapped specific problems within the space / roles that relate to your specific talent) 

 4. Contacts (experts you know within the space you want to be).

As helpful as building this chart was, however, it’s shocking how difficult answering the ‘Target’ part can be. What is your main goal for your career? How will you help other people? It's very easy to just start applying everywhere -- avoid this temptation. 

For me, my target has always been to democratize fashion through new technology and promoting up-and-coming designers. While this may seem broad, its enough of a target (for now) that I know whether my career aligns with my personal values.

So, how did I come to this conclusion? As (I think) I’ve said in the past, journaling on long plane flights has been a key component to most things I have accomplished successfully in my life. Buy a large journal, then write out a list of things you want to try and do – then commit. In writing out your ideas, and learning what you like through experience, you’ll gradually come closer to ‘finding’ you’re the elusive ‘purpose’ that we all chase.

That being said, I think it’s important to remember – this can change and it’s totally okay! Simply look at people with university degrees. The amount of friends I have who studied Biology (and thought it was their purpose) yet ended up in a different industry are absolutely everywhere.

If you want to learn more about finding your niche and purpose, be sure to check out my episode with the founder of With Grace B. Bold, Megan Sullivan. Her insights on building a value-backed business have really helped me to this day. 

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