When we launched our annual search for the fashion retail industry’s 30 most promising talents aged 30 or under, we couldn’t have foreseen the volume of responses or the enthusiasm that followed.
This is testament to one of the UK fashion sector’s great merits: recognising, celebrating and nurturing talent.
So it is with pleasure that we bring you our annual Next Generation supplement, in association with Matalan. With the initiative now in its sixth year, we aim to help first-, second- and third-jobbers to make their way within the industry and build their careers.
The centrepiece to this supplement is our aforementioned 30 Under 30 feature. Here we tell you who made the final cut and, because there were so many great applications, also give honourable mentions to those who fell just outside the top 30 - these are also ones to watch for next year and beyond.
Getting your foot in the door of any business is always the first hurdle, but once you’re in, how long should you stay? It’s all too tempting to chase the money and job title by going to a competitor, but does that strategy pay off in the long term? Or will it damage your career opportunities to be seen as an individual that quickly jumps ship? These are the questions we ask, and try to answer here.
If you’re reading this because you are about to apply - or are thinking of applying - for a new job, make sure you read our ‘Ticking every box’ feature here, where we tell you how to polish your CV and LinkedIn and other social media profiles as well as perfect your interview technique.
The White Company clothing director Barbara Horspool has certainly managed to climb the career ladder with great success, and here she tells us how she did it.
Horspool might have made her way through the design route at Marks & Spencer, New Look and Jigsaw, but buying and merchandising remain two of the most popular routes into fashion retail. We speak to five professionals who have taken this career path.
With the ecommerce sector booming and new technical roles cropping up, we explain how retailers are struggling to fill jobs in this area, resulting in these candidates seeing their stock rise.
Finally, we bring you the findings from our recruitment roundtable, attended by Matalan, Boohoo.com and Reiss among others.
This supplement will be followed by our Next Generation event on April 16, in which key industry voices talk about their careers and offer advice to the audience. Want to attend? If you’re in your first, second or third job, tell us in no more than 150 words why you should win a place by emailing email@example.com.