Paige Denim Graphic Designer and FIDM Grad Simone Garcia recently visited her alma mater to speak at a meeting with the Premiere Product Development Group—an elite group of FIDM Students earning degrees in Product Development.
Simone graduated in June earlier this year with a Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation Degree from FIDM.
She advised the students to do internships. "It's 100% important to have an internship." In fact, that's precisely what led Simone to Paige Denim. Back in March, Simone was sitting in the very same seats that the students were sitting in when
Laura Jenkins from Paige Denim was the guest speaker for the Premiere Product Development Group at FIDM. Simone and Laura, also a graduate of FIDM, connected that day,and Simone followed up for an internship. Simone's first day was on April 18th, her birthday. She interned for a few months before she was hired full-time in September as a Junior Graphic Designer.
"I encourage you guys to go for it, and get out there!" the recent FIDM Grad announced.
When asked what set her apart from the other candidates in the job interview process, she said it was her portfolio. Simone did very well in Estel Hahn's Brand Portfolio class at FIDM. "During my internship, I showed my boss my portfolio and he was impressed." She was offered the job before she was even finished with her internship.
Ultimately, Simone wants to be a buyer and have her own business. In the mean time, she said one of the biggest perks of working at a premium denim label is building relationships with others.
Paige Denim Graphic Designer & FIDM Grad Simone Garcia holding a pair of Paige Blue Galaxy Coating jeans. Featured Story
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Name: Ja'Shae Jones
Major: Merchandise Marketing
Graduated: June 2014
How did your Zappos paid internship come about? I learned about the Zappos internship through the FIDM Career Network. I applied for the position, and proceeded to follow up through email. I was then was prompted to create a virtual interview video where I had to answer various questions and record myself. I also had to complete a challenge project on the future of consumer shopping.
After the first round I was asked to have a few more phone and Skype interviews with some members of the merchandising team from Zappos. I was soon after offered the position as a merchandising assistant intern.
Where are you based? Did you have to relocate? I am originally from Ohio, but I went to the FIDM Orange County campus my first year, so I lived there for a year then I proceeded to move to Los Angeles where I finished my Merchandise Marketing Degree at the LA campus. For the internship, I had to relocate to Las Vegas, where the Zappos headquarters are located.
What does your internship entail? As a merchandising assistant intern I wear many hats. In addition to normal buying and merchandising responsibilities, I assist in order writing, inventory analysis, inventory management, product selection, product categorization, invoice reconciliation, vendor communication, and marketing discussions. As an intern I also get to shadow other departments and categories, other than fashion merchandising, to really get great insight on how the business is run from start to finish. What are your impressions of the company so far? Zappos is known for the unique company culture, and it really is an incredible experience. Every day has been a new adventure, and I am constantly surrounded by the most amazing people. Each day gets even better and better. Featured Story
Name: Ja'Shae Jones Major: Merchandise Marketing Graduated: June 2014 How did your Zappos paid internship come about? I learned about the Zappos internship through the FIDM Career Network. I applied...