Applying for a position or a university related to the fashion industry always brings confusion and anxiety to all candidates. We will take a look at 5 common anxieties when applying to the fashion industry and how to overcome these!
1. NOT KNOWING WHERE TO START
The disorientation of not knowing where to start in the process of preparing the Portfolio /resume is probably an universal anxiety when applying to the fashion industry. For those of you who are just learning about the industry, being overwhelmed by knowledge and information, or how to find a career path for oneself, is a naturally occuring part of the process.
However, we need to keep a calm mind and gradually learn to get rid of the initial feeling of panic. In the article “Apply the fashion industry: where to start”, we also clearly show the steps to help you determine the right direction. In addition, having a mentor during the application process is also a good option that you can apply for!
2. THE FEELING OF OVERLOAD
I have come to know firsthand that, in the process of preparing your resume, you not only need to supplement your knowledge of the fashion industry, but also a multitude of other requirements such as a foreign language certificate, some basic graphic skills or experience, participation in extracurricular activities / doing projects... These things make us feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Take time to rest a bit if you are feeling tired and stressed because I believe that if you have enough passion and determination to pursue it to the end, the fear of "not being able to complete everything perfectly" will eventually pass. As long as you always keep your "mindset" set on a straight path, then being overloaded can be avoided easily.
3. AN UNNECESSARY CONCERN FOR EXTERNAL FACTORS
“Friend A is both the club president and has participated in many other activities, so their profile must be outstanding; If you draw as well as they do, you will definitely get a scholarship; This year the school's quota has become stricter…”
A series of external factors can affect your mindset, driving you further away from your self-confidence in reaching your goals. However, those factors are only a small part of what can affect your application results. Most importantly, recognizing our own weaknesses and constantly practicing and improving every day is what’s really worth our attention. Paying attention to the outside helps us to know where we are, but don't forget to look inward to take care of ourselves!
4. THE OBSESSION WITH SCHOLARSHIPS AND INSTITUTION PRESTIGE
Choosing a reputable environment will give us many opportunities to develop ourselves as well as engage in many other activities. However, many students become obsessed with whether they "must" get into a top school or "must" have a high scholarship, so that there is always a feeling of fear and pressure throughout the application process. However, for the fashion industry, I think it's important to choose an environment that's right for you, that will support your aesthetic and artistic taste. A shoe that is too wide or too tight makes you uncomfortable, don't be distracted by the glamor of a study or work environment that you forget if it’s really “you”.
5. THE HORROR THAT GOES BY THE NAME OF “THE INTERVIEW”
Perhaps this happens not only for those of you applying to the fashion industry, but also in any other field. Expressing excessive anxiety before and during the interview can have a negative impact on your results. Turn that fear into strength, listen carefully to all requests and answer honestly with a positive and friendly attitude. Employers will always appreciate those who show passion, enthusiasm, progress, and most importantly, live true to themselves.