United Colors of Fashion Visits Local Schools
By Ada Onuegbe
United Colors of Fashion (UCOF) Manager of Education, Grace Manalo, presented fashion opportunities to students at high school Career Day events in New York. Flushing High School in Queens and Lower East Side Preparatory School in Manhattan each hosted panels of working professionals from a variety of industries. Grace shared her experience on the panel with me.
How interested were the students in fashion careers?
They were really interested in design. A big message I wanted to get across is that the fashion industry has many more career paths than just design! You don’t have to be a designer to be in fashion. There are other successful, stable, and exciting positions such as a trend forecaster, pattern maker, merchandiser, production manager, and more! I definitely believe the media has a lot to do with what young people expect the fashion industry to be like, and often times the media is incorrect.
Any last words?
Another big message I wanted to get across is that you CAN be successful and be in fashion. It takes a lot of confidence and dedication. Just like any other industry, you need to have patience, you have to be passionate, and you have to work hard.