"It is amazing to know that even after graduating I have support from my tutors."
Whilst studying for my Fashion Design and Technology degree I gained the skills and experience that are essential for my career. I was offered a placement in garment technology at George, Asda. Before my placement, I had only ever seen myself as a designer but I am so glad I took a chance and accepted the role of Assistant Technologist. The knowledge I gained at George was invaluable and it gave me the opportunity to put the skills that I had learnt at university into practice in the real world. The placement year opportunities are one of the greatest things about studying at Manchester Fashion Institute.
At the end of my final year, I was offered a full-time role at George as an Assistant Technologist for the Menswear department. My main responsibilities include communicating with suppliers in the UK and overseas on a daily basis, carrying out weekly fit sessions and monitoring quality and its perception to the customer.
I am also building my own brand, Lauren Bennett Menswear. I recently travelled to Beijing for the International Youth Design Competition hosted by the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology, where I showed my graduate collection on their catwalk. I competed against 30 other designers from 12 different countries and received the Silver Award for my designs, which was a fantastic achievement. Since then, Hunger Magazine have featured my work in their eleventh issue.
Don’t be afraid of trying new things, explore different avenues and have fun! Keep in touch with your peers; the fashion industry is a small world and you will no doubt bump into them in the future. Apply for as many jobs as you can, be prepared to live anywhere at first and be yourself in interviews!
The opportunities to showcase your work in final year are amazing; the competitions, Graduate fashion week and the end of year catwalk, to name but a few! I am extremely grateful to the tutors that make these things happen.