Case study

Junior designer — Stephanie Kitchen

Stephanie hopes to build up her experience and progress to the role of designer

How did you get your job?

I got my job after winning The Textile Institute's Design Means Business exhibition that was sponsored by Pentland. The exhibition is an opportunity for fashion and textiles graduates to showcase their graduate collections and speak to people from the fashion industry. My prize for winning the exhibition was a two-month paid internship at Pentland in the Design Pool, which then led to a full-time position.

Entering competitions and doing internships is a great way to gain experience and exposure

How relevant is your degree to your job?

My degree in fashion design from Bath Spa University is very relevant - the skills I learned on the course directly led to my job, which I don't think I appreciated enough whilst I was studying.

What are your main work activities?

Every day is different for me at Pentland, as they have such a variety of brands in their portfolio. So far I have done projects for Berghaus, Red or Dead, Ellesse, KangaROOs, Canterbury and Lacoste. It's such a unique opportunity to work for a big variety of companies on different projects ranging from clothing to footwear. My days can include anything from research trips, finding inspiration, creating mood boards, sampling, draping, sketching designs and ideas, and technical drawing.

How do you use your degree in your job?

I currently use a lot of what I learnt at university at work, especially the technical skills (for example using Photoshop and Illustrator) and presentation skills.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love everything about it; every project is different, which is really exciting. I love all the different brands at Pentland and the people in my team. We all work on different projects so it's exciting to see what everyone is working on and feed off each other's ideas and enthusiasm. The building itself is a really great environment too, with a lake and onsite gym!

Where do you hope to be in five years?

I hope to have progressed to the role of designer, having gained a lot of experience working within Pentland, with more responsibility and new challenges.

Any words of advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

My advice would be to do your research so you know where you want to work/what you want to do and then tailor your study accordingly, making sure you work really hard. Entering competitions and doing internships is a great way to gain experience and exposure.

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