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Career Case Study: Fashion

Susan Leaver careers case study fashion

Today we have a case study from Susan Leaver, Commercial Director at Turtle Mat

Susan Leaver is the Commercial Director at Turtle Mat with a focus on sales, marketing and product development. Initially training in fashion design, Susan spent her formative years in a commercial design environment supplying lingerie and nightwear products to M&S. In 1999 she formed part of the New Product Development team at Sara Lee Courtaulds where she worked on future technologies such as fragranced and therapeutic fabrics, and investigated ultra-sonic technology for seam replacement.

In 2000, Susan left Sara Lee and spent a year designing and developing products for Cerie International (Hong Kong) and for Heathcoat Fabrics in the UK. In addition to her freelance work, Susan enrolled on a Master’s Degree course at Central St Martins where she gained an MA in Design Studies.

In 2002 she joined Turtle Mat where she developed their mail-order and e-commerce business alongside expanding their collection to include design. Susan was appointed Commercial Director in July 2009 and is responsible for all sales, marketing and NPD across both the Direct and Retail channels of the business.

 

Which subject did you study at university (and where did you study)?

I studied Fashion Design at Epsom School of Art & Design in the 1980’s (Now merged into UCA University for the Creative Arts). I also did a Post-Graduate (MA) degree in Design Studies at Central St Martins (now UAL- University of the Arts London).

 

What was the most important thing you learned in education/university?

Good design isn’t just about creativity or being able to put pen to paper and make something look good.  As with other industries, there is still a ‘commercial’ process sitting behind the design activity. This is often neglected and people aren’t always aware that being able to dissect (and question) a brief requires a level of understanding of the end use or end user that cannot simply be imagined. Research is key to this understanding as well as being creatively inspired.

 

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

Having worked in the fashion industry for some years, I was keen to explore other design fields, particularly those with a textile connection, Home interiors was a natural choice and closely linked to fashion. I really enjoyed the combination of design and business in my previous role and the position at Turtle Mat gave further opportunity to expand on this experience.  In addition, Turtle Mat were at an exciting point in their growth with new (design) technologies opening up to them, I felt I had the skillset to turn what was quite a mundane product into something more beautiful.

 

What was the turning point in your career?

Having developed product collections for some years for a major high-street retailer, I moved internally to work on research-led projects within a NPD team. This really opened my mind to all manner of possibilities within the current field I was working in, plus those beyond it.  It was from here that I went back to college part-time and did an MA.

 

What does a typical day at Turtle Mat look like for you?

Working in a small business doesn’t bring many typical days! Supplying both to trade and direct to consumers means that we have to often be responsive to their needs. We are a small niche team and my day can be anything from coming up with new mat designs to planning product launches and liaising with both clients and suppliers.

 

Do you have any motivational words for students aspiring to make it in this very competitive industry?

As with anything, it’s about hard work and determination.  By all means have some fun but make sure you have a clear goal and get as much as you can from every one and every available source- in a nutshell, make every day count. A firm grounding sets you up for the future, fashion courses are renowned for pushing you to the limit in terms of creativity and stamina, this training has served me well throughout my career. Also, don’t underestimate your transferable skills; I went from designing underwear to designing mats- think outside the box. And lastly, write every idea down, physically or digitally, keep a note of it you never know when it might be relevant.

 

Guest blogger – Daniel Yeo – Search Laboratory

TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!

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TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.

 

The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.

 

When

Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30

 

Where

The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH

 

Tickets

A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.

 

This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)

 

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Associate Recruitment Consultant

If you are a confident person, have sales skills and can communicate well with people, this could be a career you would enjoy. In this job you will need to be a good negotiator. You will also need to be organised, professional and enjoy working towards targets.

Metis Human Capital Graduate Scheme 2016

Our goal is to support your growth so that you can establish yourself as a confident consultant with Metis Human Capital in six months. We offer an in-depth training scheme that will allow you to progress from the classroom to a mentored seamless integration into your team. You will be taught about the financial service’s market, your specialist area(s), typical sales structure and the candidate side of the recruitment process. There will be additional client based training to develop your skills to influence and negotiate, pitching for PSL’s and develop new client relationships. Once you have graduated from our academy we will continue to support your career development to help meet our mutual goals.

Desired skills

  • Graduate level education.
  • Focus and self-motivated.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong networking and presentation skills.
  • Other language skills would be an advantage.
  • Sales experience is desirable but not essential.

Role Benefits

  • £20k-£22k annual salary + commission.
  • £35k OTE year one.
  • Market leading commission of up to 40%.
  • Structured career path.
  • Ongoing training and development.
  • International opportunities.
  • Quarterly and annual prizes for achievements including overseas vacation.

Apply via

www.metishumancapitalcareers.co.uk 

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £35,000.00 /year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate spring fair

Looking for an exciting graduate position? Unsure of what you want to do after graduation?

Come to the Spring Graduate Fair at the University of London. The fair is a chance for students and graduates to meet with scores of prospective employers and postgraduate training providers from a wide range of sectors.

The Spring Graduate Fair is the only national graduate recruitment fair held in the spring term and will enable you to meet face-to-face with up to 70 top employers and recruiters from a wide range of sectors. You can network with their representatives, give them your CV and find out more about their graduate opportunities. Past exhibitors have included KPMG, Jaguar, British Airways and Sky. To find out who the exhibitors will be this year, click here for more information.

Remember to print out a few copies of your CV to have on hand!

As well fantastic networking opportunities, there will also be presentations by career Consultants on the essential topics to kickstart your graduate career. Previous topics have included ‘how to best answer difficult interview questions’ and ‘how to write a great CV’. Entry for these is free and will be operated on a first come first serve basis.

There will also be a CV surgery on offer, enabling you to check that you are marketing yourself appropriately and that your CV is on track. These will be delivered in blocks of fifteen minutes and will be run by Careers Consultants from the University of London.

The event is free and you can turn up on the day, but to save time it’s worth registering first online. Registering online also means you receive the latest updates and special information to help you get the most from the day.

 

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Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Wayfair. Entry Level – Marketing, Berlin

Entry Level positions in Marketing Team, Wayfair.

Full-Time
Berlin, Germany

About Wayfair:

Wayfair offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. With an unparalleled selection of more than seven million home items from 7,000 suppliers, Wayfair helps people find the perfect product at the right price. Our unparalleled selection and superior customer service coupled with the convenience of online shopping, makes it easier than ever before to find exactly what you want for your home. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair.com, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful style meets irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

 

WAYFAIR is looking for graduates and early career professionals on an ongoing basis to start their career in Marketing. We are building the marketing platform to run a pan-European online home & lifestyle business and replicate the success of our US parent company. At Wayfair Europe, you have the possibility to work in an exciting and rapidly-evolving startup-like environment in Berlin while being backed by the technical expertise and know-how of a large and successful US business.

Wayfair Marketing and you – data analytics or creative track?

As a graduate or early career professional in Marketing, you will closely work together with experienced Online Marketers in developing, executing and tracking Marketing campaigns.During your initial 12-18 months, you will have the opportunity to rotate within the different Marketing teams so that we together can identify the role most suitable for you. While all positions will require sound analytical skills, we offer a more quantitative data analytics track and a more creative track. Apply and we will find out what fits best to you, be it in Search Engine Marketing, Display, Social, SEO, Content Creation, Mobile App Marketing, Video, Direct Mail & Print or Data Science.

You will:

  • Quickly take on responsibility for your own initiatives, supported by an experienced marketer
  • Work with teams Company-wide including Creative, Category Management and Engineering
  • Analyze key performance metrics of your initiatives, identify root causes and develop levers
  • Become a subject matter expert on your initiatives
  • Rotate every 6 months within the team and be an early entrant in a growing company

 

We have a multitude of roles within our Marketing team – apply and we will find out together where you can fit in best. You should apply if you:

  • Are excited about Online Marketing, love to find out how things work in detail and solve problems
  • Like to be in the driver seat and seeing the impact of your work every day
  • Have a can do attitude and make things happen
  • Can multi-task, organize well, and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Have good analytical skills and are comfortable in a data-driven business environment
  • Have a Bachelor or Master Degree in Economics, Business, Mathematics or other concentrations with heavy quantitative focus preferred
  • Done a few internships already or have 1-2 years of professional experience

 

And finally, our proposition to you!

Of course the usual competitive salary, bonus, office snacks and drinks and Friday evening beers, but also…

  • An awesome, multinational team right in the startup hub of Berlin, Kreuzberg
  • A huge opportunity to be an early entrant and set the stage with us
  • Career path guidance and mentoring
  • We want to share our company with you in stock units
  • We pitch in to your gym membership and office sport events
  • Monthly team events
  • And let’s not forget: the chance to join the next global giant in ecommerce

If you are interested in applying and seeing some of the other positions that Wayfair have please follow this link. Good Luck.

Work to live; or live to work. What’s important for you?

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Graduate Working Hours… What To Expect

For graduates starting their first jobs, it can be difficult to imagine what full time working life will be like… from new colleagues to a whole different set of targets and pressures. One important aspect of any new job is the average working hours you will be expected to fulfil, however some graduates may feel uncomfortable asking about work-life balance during interviews – perhaps worried that it may give off the ‘wrong impression’.

The JobCrowd has been examining their graduate review data, and identified the average working hours you can expect from each of the main sectors, along with the average work-life balance rating (top five sectors with the longest average working hours are in bold)…

Here are their findings….

Career Average Working Hours Work-Life Balance (/5.0)
Accounting 8am – 5pm 3.9
Administration & Customer Service 8am – 5pm 3.9
Advertising, Marketing & PR 8am – 5pm 4.0
Banking & Finance 8am – 5pm 3.9
Charity & Voluntary Work 9am – 5pm 3.7
Construction & Civil Engineering 8am – 5pm 3.8
Consumer Goods & FMCG 8am – 5pm 3.9
Creative & Performing Arts 8am – 5pm 3.9
Education 8am – 5pm 3.9
Energy & Utilities 8am – 5pm 4.0
Engineering & Manufacturing 8am – 5pm 3.9
Government, Public Sector & International Development 8am – 5pm 4.0
Health & Social Care 8am – 5pm 4.0
Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism 8am – 6pm 3.7
HR & Employment 8am – 5pm 3.9
Information Services & Research 8am – 5pm 4.0
IT & Telecoms 8am – 5pm 3.9
Insurance & Pensions 8am – 6pm 3.9
Journalism & Publishing 8am – 5pm 4.1
Law 9am – 7pm 3.4
Management Consulting 8am – 6pm 3.8
Media & Broadcasting 9am – 5pm 4.2
Property & Housebuilding 8am – 5pm 3.8
Retail  8am – 6pm 3.8
Science & R&D 8am – 5pm 4.1
Transport, Logistics & Distribution 8am – 5pm 4.0

 

To find out more about TheJobCrowd’s graduate insights, say hello at info@thejobcrowd.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Featured Vacancy: Forestry Student Placement, Corby

Lockhart Garratt has developed into one of England’s leading consultancies providing expert, independent, high quality and professional advice with a focus on all matters relating to trees, woodland and forestry. They manage approximately 8000ha of woodland throughout Central England and East Anglia with offices in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

Last year the careers and employability team placed James Broom on to a placement with them. Now he’s coming to the end of his placement he’s reflected on his time with the company.

“My placement year in industry with Lockhart Garratt has provided me with an extensive and working knowledge of lowland forestry within England. My time has primarily been assisting the senior forestry staff with grant applications, woodland management plans and contractor management. There has been the constant opportunity to branch out into the other business units of the company. This is a unique aspect of Lockhart Garratt as it is a multi-disciplinary consultancy. This has resulted in a very unique view and understanding of broader land management aspects within lowland England. There has been the opportunity to continue and expand my working knowledge of ArcGIS throughout the year. There has been consistent external training provided covering a multitude of aspects from productive broadleaves to sawmill and nursery excursions. There is wide representation within the forestry industry of staff at Lockhart Garratt including Confor, ICF and RFS. I have been able to attend events and meet people alongside my colleagues. Finally there is a great mix of men/women and younger/older people which has made the year a lot more enjoyable and sociable!” 

James Broom/Undergraduate at University of Cumbria

From James’ success University of Cumbria have been asked to advertise the placement again. Lockhart Garratt has a proven track record in coaching and mentoring recent graduates and new entrants to the industry. They ensure that a variety of new skills and work experience is provided over the year.

For full detail please see below or the Lockhart-Garratt website: http://www.lockhart-garratt.co.uk/index.php

 

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