Career Planning: Textiles and Clothing (1982)

Career Planning: Textiles and Clothing (1982)


the young men and women who graduate
with a degree in textiles and clothing for the most part are preparing for
careers in business and industry most specifically their career interests
relate to the fashion industry which consists of a broad network of
businesses involved in the production and distribution of fabric and apparel
merchandise many who choose textiles and clothing as a major are surprised to
realize that together fiber production fabric production and distribution
manufacturing of apparel distribution of apparel and related accessories and
retailing constitute the sixth largest industry in the United States and thus
the career opportunities associated with the fashion industry are vast a good
many of the textiles and clothing graduates take their first position with
a large retailer retail executive training positions offered by these
retailers are often regarded as an excellent training ground for entering
almost any part of the fashion business executive training programs with
retailers often last from six months to two years and at the end of the two-year
period trainees are then advanced into mid management positions executive
trainees in 1982 are receiving between nine thousand and fourteen thousand
dollars a year to start with salary increases after six months trainees
often advanced a position such as department managers or buyers within two
years of completing the executive training program with the retailer for
those who do not wish to be involved in the buying aspect of the retail business
large retail stores also offer good positions in such related activities as
personnel management advertising and public relations to mention only a few
some graduates use the experience in a large retail operation as a base
experience for their ultimate goal to own their own clothing specialty store
the distribution of textile goods is not limited to the retail setting some
graduates work into careers which involve the distribution of goods at the
regional national and even international levels it has been our experience that
students with initiative have used the business component built into the
textiles and clothing program to go into a wide variety of marketing and
management positions regardless of the product type students who are excited by
the more creative side of fashion turn to careers in design the opportunities
in industry for designers are as diverse as the variety of goods in the
marketplace and span the range from high fashion to mass production to custom
design their to the Graduate may extend their career opportunities within
industry to include positions in apparel production management provided they make
wise use of elective credits appropriate use of credits as electives and in
options will allow the graduate in textiles and clothing to compete
favorably for positions in fashion journalism government and adult
education both in the formal classroom setting and in the Cooperative Extension
Service a student considering a career in the fashion field should carefully
evaluate his or his or her own personal qualities and skills these qualities and
skills which are especially important and common to all areas of textiles and
clothing include initiative that is the ability to introduce new ideas and begin
new tasks independently persistence and that is to carry through incomplete
assignments assertiveness or possessing self-confidence competitiveness and
ambition as well as the spirit to take on extra tasks
and to compete with co-workers for advancement tolerance to stress that is
working effectively under pressure and yet remaining patient analytical skills
or the ability to accurately work with figures and analyze data organization
that is to follow procedures and guidelines and to have a willingness to
work hard to achieve his or her career goals the employment opportunities and
the outlook for jobs for textiles and clothing graduates are very good
retailers are located in every community throughout the United States and thus
jobs in retailing are readily available regardless of the geographic location
there’s no question that if you are geographically mobile however you are
able to take advantage of the better opportunities in retailing textiles and
apparel manufacturers to are located throughout the country with the largest
concentration of industry in New York the North and South Carolina’s Georgia
Texas and California positions in fashion journalism and education are
available in every state while those in government research and development are
concentrated in specific geographic areas the textiles and clothing
department at Iowa State offers three majors to prepare for the careers just
discussed the majors include fashion merchandising apparel design and pattern
making and related science each of the majors contains a similar group of
general education courses including physical and social sciences humanities
mathematics and commute communications including computer science a second
component of the course work places emphasis on the technical understanding
of textiles and apparel on production and on fashion students learn about what
motivates people to buy how individual families allocate resources for clothing
and household textiles and how clothing relates to human behavior in addition
the fashion merchandising program offers a series of courses in
eating fashion industry’s merchandising planning and control merchandise
management and visual merchandising courses from the School of Business
include marketing retailing accounting personal sales and a variety of other
business courses which the student may select from among his or her electives
the well-rounded program contributes to the students potential for being a
successful merchant with both fashion and business sense students that are
design majors focus on the related courses in the art and design department
as well as on pattern making and clothing construction courses offered by
the textiles and clothing department courses include clothing selection
fashion illustration costume design flat pattern draping tailoring and
construction using mass-production techniques the related science major is
appropriate for those students interested in positions in textile or
apparel production or who plan to continue their education at the graduate
level the program includes a large component of either the physical or the
social sciences career opportunities include textile testing text allure
apparel management extension and teaching jobs for men and women with
related science degrees are excellent and generally have a higher starting
salary than those usually found in merchandising and design the key to
success in business and industry rests not only with the academic preparation
but also with business experience we encourage students to gain work
experience in the form of part-time or full-time work throughout their college
years in the junior or senior year students may compete for entrance to the
field experience program whether in retailing design extension or museum
work the full time on the job training is supervised by the campus faculty as
well as by the job supervisor it is an opportunity to apply information from
the merchandising design and related science programs to the actual work
setting and contributes in a way to the students professional
development because Iowa State is located outside of the major fashion and
textile centers of the country the department requires that all students
participate in one of the plans study tours the tours introduce students to
the regional or major markets of New York Dallas Chicago Atlanta st. Louis or
Kansas City the objective is to expose the student to wholesale markets
shopping centers and flagship retailing and manufacturing and design facilities
and to allow them to ask questions of persons professionally active in the
fashion world the objective of the department then is to provide the
student with a broad understanding of textiles and apparel products and to
provide also the appropriate professional and business management
skills for the graduate to succeed in the wide variety of careers to be found
in the fashion business and industry for more information about careers in
textiles and clothing please consult the career monograph that accompanies this
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