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James Gillick’s inspired journey to a successful career

Through working in Arnott’s James’ love for fashion and a specific desire to work in fashion buying began.

For James he has always enjoyed seeing what trends and styles are next up! “I felt a role like this would be perfect for me as it would allow me to convey my ideas and creativity as well as provide me with a challenging role in the industry.”

James particularly found the Fashion Buying /Trend forecasting and Visual Merchandising classes to be brilliant and for him found the support and feedback from tutors Anne Marie and Mary Kelly invaluable. “I left the course with massive belief in myself and what I could achieve in the industry.”

James believes that the content has been very relevant to the actual job he is now working in, finding himself constantly thinking back to what he learned on the course.

“In short, the course is very up to date and ongoing discussions about relevant new trends is great since fashion now can completely change monthly because of the world of social media”.

Core content for James has been learning how a business operates with detailed break downs on how to price products, buy products and how it affects margins.

“The combination of Fashion Buying/Trend Forecasting and Visual Merchandising all went together perfectly, and it gives you great confidence to work in the industry”.

James secured his dream position as Online Merchandiser for Brown Thomas & Arnotts Menswear and is looking forward to growing in the ever-changing world of online retail.

From working as a Buying intern and from his current role as an Online Merchandiser for Brown Thomas and Arnott’s James confirms he can 100% say that the theory covered and the general chats with the tutors is all so relevant to his actual job.

 We wish James all the best in his exciting career and his future look bright!

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