This is the collection I made and sent them. It was part of the first of two trials to get the job.
Working For a Big Fashion Company
In my last semester of university, I was fortunate enough to get contacted by a human resource member of Stradivarius. Which for those of you who don’t know is one of the many fashion labels of Inditex Group (Zara, Oysho, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Lefties, etc), but of course, you do know.
They told me they were interested in me participating in an internal company project, that is basically talent scouting and if they liked me and I passed the test, I would get a contract for 6 months.
I passed that test and worked there for 6 months.
It wasn’t a lot of time, but it was enough for me to get a real glimpse of what it’s really like working for a big fashion company.
1. Fast-Paced Work
Everything is so well structured by departments and every single person has a specific role and task to accomplish. It works really well as a whole. Reviews are scheduled, paychecks are on time, and career paths can be easier to predict because progression tends to follow a predetermined pattern.
You can imagine, having to deliver many collections a month, the pace this company works is extremely fast. And that can put a lot of pressure on you. Which is a great thing! Because you have to constantly push yourself to be at the level they expect you to be. And you are going to grow and learn a lot from this.
2. Meet A Lot Of New People
A lot of people are involved in a company this big. So the possibilities of making new acquaintances are really high.
The more people you meet in a working environment means that you have more “resources” to learn from.
And maybe even get some new friends you could take outside of work too.
1. Too Many People
This is a double-edged sword. That’s why I put it in the Pros too.
Like graduatejobs.com stated: “There is an element of facelessness about working at larger companies. When you are working on a floor with hundreds of other people in a building containing thousands of other employees. With all these people a sense of team camaraderie can usually be lost quite easily.”
2. You Are Only A Number
So basically, big companies are often highly organized operations, so noobies are brought in to work on specific problems and in certain areas and will have clearly defined remits to their work. It means that you most likely will not get chance to broaden your skills beyond what is put in front of you.
Most noteworthy, the resources this kind of companies have access to are basically endless. To see it for yourself, and actually making good use of top-notch technology in your day-to-day work can be quite an amazing experience.
Working for a big fashion company can be a source of pride. Because people immediately recognize the name, and some feel that it provides an advantage when applying for other jobs down the line.
As a result, for me, it was quite an amazing experience; I met great people and I learned a lot. To actually be able to see my designs be sold at stores worldwide is a very special and gratifying feeling.
So for me, the PROS weigh more than the CONS. Even though, one of those cons, is that I had to start wearing glasses again because looking at a screen the whole day was hard on my eyes.
Are you working for a big fashion company? Share your experiences in the comments! I’d love to read them!