by CLAUDIA VINTER
Visiting New York was an exciting opportunity to see a range of different textiles based companies first hand and learning about the different ways companies work and exactly what they do.
Maharam, Stoll and WGSN were all completely different types of companies from fabric designing, electrical industrial knitting machines and trend forecasting. Each giving an insight of the different roles they consist of and what their businesses have to offer. Each spoke about the type of skills required for some of their job roles such CAD, and in-house designers who produce flats. This made me see how important some skills can be for getting jobs within these types of companies, which I intend to work on my own skills should these opportunities arise.
Practitioner Florence Spurling also gave a talk of her career path after leaving university, which was interesting to know the different types of jobs people get after a textiles based degree.