Can we make our kids wear cute college apparel, apps, and other cool stuff?
The new-found popularity of college apparel is a positive sign for the future of the job market, according to the head of Oxford University’s Business School.
“I think that we are now in a phase where we are seeing a real shift towards this kind of casual, cool thing, which is really exciting for young people,” says Michael Gaffney.
“The more people can buy something that is going to work for them, and not have to look up how it is made, the more likely they are to be able to do that.”
It’s a trend that has been underway for a while, with many people flocking to college campuses to take part in what is known as the ‘college-to-workday’ movement, in which they get a few hours of free time in the evenings to work out.
Gaffney said this trend has taken off with the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, where students can upload and share their projects, and which has seen millions of people uploading their projects.
“This has really made the job-hunting process more social, and so more effective for job seekers, because it’s now not about getting your job, it’s about creating something that your friends and colleagues are going to enjoy,” he says.
“There are so many cool ideas for wearing to work, so why not make it a bit of a party?”
Gaffneys advice for aspiring designers:It’s probably best to start by learning to code.
“It’s the only thing that will help you in the job search,” he said.
“We have lots of job opportunities in the fashion industry, and there’s a huge range of programming languages available.”
That’s a great time to start learning coding, because the more you can code, the better your chances of getting hired.
“Gaffys advice for designers working on their designs:”Find a company that has a good coding platform.
It might not be the best platform to start out, but if you can work with them, you’ll get a great base.
“Once you’re confident that you can do something, then it’s best to go and create your own.”
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