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Hungry for knowledge

Attendees at the Next Generation gave their thoughts on the event, and revealed their career ambitions

Louise Placzek, 25
Assistant merchandiser, Evans
“I’m here to meet new people and see how they coped during the past year.
I want to get re-inspired. As assistant merchandiser, I’m looking to move up in merchandising.”

Kayleigh Angus, 22
Co-founder, Think of Media
“I’ve started my own company with a college friend so I’m here to network. The people here are at the top of their game. I love learning and since I’m so young I get to learn so much stuff from others in the industry.”

Joanna Bustalino, 28
Designer, Almagro Couture
“My ambition is to be a
top designer at London Fashion Week. I hope to do some good networking today and find out more about how the business works.”

Maria Jarmada, 25
Buyer’s assistant, Asos
“Today is about learning interesting things about the industry. I need a bit of renewed ambition. Hopefully I can find out where the industry is headed and what other retailers are looking forward to.”

Sam Erskine, 22
Sales assistant, Dr Martens
“I’m here to learn more about the fashion industry in general. I work in sales and I want to get into PR and marketing. I feel like this is the place to do it.”

Heather Chilcott, 25
HR officer, Dorothy Perkins
“I work in HR for Dorothy Perkins so this is a good opportunity to see the talent in the industry. It’s really important to have these events - we should always
be aware of the talent in the industry.”

April Rose, 23
Design assistant, Trouser London
“My ambition is to be a casualwear designer.
I have a real interest in organic and natural fabrics. I’m here today because I need to find myself a good career path. I need [to make] more contacts and I’m hoping today will help.”

Roger Howard, 25
Assistant merchandiser, Burton
“My ambition is to become head of merchandising. I’ve learnt so much at Burton. Today, I’m hoping for inspirational talks from the best in the industry.”

Martin Gibson, 36
Merchandiser, Marks & Spencer
“I’ve worked at M&S for 16 years. Last year, I moved into merchandising from finance. I’m here to listen to others who’ve worked elsewhere. It’s good to meet people from other firms.”

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