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Career in Fashion Industry

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By EMN Updated: Feb 25, 2020 11:58 pm
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Many students dream to choose fashion as their career. When we talk about fashion it is not only limited to fashion shows but it is one of the most creative professions. When we talk about fashion as a career then we have to talk about fashion design, textile design, leather design, etc. All this together makes the fashion industry.

Many players including global players in the fashion industry are not looking forward to 2020 and beyond as gloom appears to be the Indian market. The McKinsey Global Fashion Index forecasts that fashion industry revenue growth will slow further in 2020, down to 3-4 per cent, slightly below predicted growth for 2019. The most optimistic region is Asia that China and India. Despite the current slowdown in the economy, the Indian clothing market is expected to be worth $53.7 billion in 2020, making it the sixth-largest globally, according to the fourth annual State of Fashion report by The Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company.

There are many advantages in India related to fashion. The rise in income levels is expected to drive demand in the textile industry. And similarly, growth in building and construction will continue to raise demand for non-clothing textiles. India has abundant availability of raw materials such as cotton, wool, silks and jute. 100 per cent FDI (automatic route) is allowed in the Indian textile sector. To boost exports, free trade with ASEAN is allowed. Huge investments are being made by the government under Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) and Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to encourage more private equity and to train the workforce. These factors bring more opportunities for students who are planning to choose fashion as their career.

Courses in a leading institute like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) include Bachelor of Design in Accessory Design, Fashion Communication, Knitwear Design, Leather Design, Textile Design and Fashion Design. In the master level course, it provides courses like Master of Design, Master of Fashion Technology and Master of Fashion Management. There are many other institutes in the country that offers similar courses and also different diplomas and advanced diplomas. Admission in leading institutes is through All India Entrance Test which is conducted in all leading cities of the country.

Students after passing out senior secondary may appear for the entrance for bachelor courses and for post-graduation diplomas minimum qualification is graduation. NIFTS’s campuses are in New Delhi, Patna, Shillong, Kolkata, Mumbai, Raebareli, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, etc. Students may prepare well to get admission in these campuses. Coaching institutes are there to guide and mentor the aspirants.  Aspirants should be vigilant when they take admissions in private colleges as all campuses may not be credible and reliable. One must be creative and possess employability skills to be successful in this industry.  

Ranjan K Baruah is a career mentor, skill trainer, motivational speaker and can be reached at bkranjan@gmail.com for any career-related queries

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By EMN Updated: Feb 25, 2020 11:58:25 pm
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