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Jannel James

BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing
Graduated 2021

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Did you feel that the course prepared you for going into industry?

Yes, this course has helped to equip me with the skills and knowledge needed to aid my transition into the industry. Throughout this course, I have learnt how to be resilient, manage my time, work to deadlines, and develop my presentation and communication skills through industry-live projects

Have you been able to use the knowledge and skills you learnt on the course in your job roles?

I have developed my analytical skills; the finance unit in Year 1 was a challenge for me but studying that unit has helped prepared me for my current role. I work with spreadsheets and excel software for most of my role, and the Buying and Merchandising unit in year 2 also helped me develop my confidence in analysing data, working with spreadsheets, and liaising with suppliers. The Buying and Merchandising unit helped prepare and gave me an overall insight as to what the Buying Assistant and Buyer’s roles are, understanding the critical path and supplier relationships.

“I enjoy working in a fast-paced, result driven and collaborative environment. I love that I can take ownership and responsibility over my schedule yet still work to deadlines alongside the buyer. Most of all I enjoy working with my team, everyone is supportive and friendly. ”

What did you enjoy about your time at Solent?

I enjoyed gaining an all-round view of the fashion industry, having different lecturers with various industry backgrounds teaching the courses also offered valuable insight into the industry and great contacts to build up my network. Solent offers a collaborative and industry-led course that has equipped me with the tools and skills to shape my career going forward.

I enjoyed the creative units the most, the historical fashion research and multi-channel marketing assignment were my favourite assignments. Lastly, I enjoyed meeting new people and making lasting friendships and connections.