My job as a menswear designer has been very enterprising. The job has enabled me to interact with people of diverse origins and has also enabled me to find satisfaction. I make good use of my strength as a creative designer to the satisfaction of my clients. I also make amends to my weaknesses. The best thing a worker can get from the job that they do is satisfaction and the pleasure of their clients. Having been a designer for some time now, I believe that I have enough experience that I can share with other people so that they, too, may find satisfaction in the jobs they do or even desire to join my profession as a designer. Additionally, I will share my experience as a creative designer (Finn, 2008).
Goals and philosophy:
My short term goals as a creative designer include: to achieve maximum satisfaction from my job, to be a role model for other would-be designers, to work hand in hand with other designers in the profession and to learn new ways of making designs. I aim at becoming the best designer for menswear; to make the best use of any single minute within the profession and help all other designers in the profession to achieve their goals. I also aim at using my talent as a designer to satisfy my clients(Foxley, 2007).
My artistic philosophy is centered on creativity for prosperity. I have faith that I will make maximum use of my talent for a living and entertainment. My satisfaction comes when my clients appreciate the good work that I do for them and thank me for satisfying them. As a designer, the best thing that can happen to me is the client appreciating my work. It feels so good. On a certain day, one of my clients came for help after being embarrassed by another designer in a different town. The designer had offered to attend to the client to his satisfaction but before he could complete the job the designer distanced himself from the work. The material had been destroyed beyond repair and the client had to find another designer to assist them because the previous designer had made off with his money. When the client approached me, I offered to assist him free of charge. I did this so that he could be my regular client in the future. It worked so well that the client appreciated(Gam, Cao, & Bennett, 2011). Those are the moments that make us happy as designers.
I have a number of competitors in this job, but I believe in myself. My experience speaks for itself and I believe that I can give my competitors a run for their money. I am seeking $200 per week. I need not promote myself in any other way because my academic and practice certificates are available. I am well equipped.
Skills and tools:
I completed college in 2010 and attained Grade 1 in my trade. That is the best grade that one can attain as a designer. After completing college, I engaged in a number of internship opportunities that awarded me more than ten certificates. My principal in college congratulated me a lot on graduation day and wished me well in all my endeavors. Those are the strengths that I want to make use of in this job.
We have an organization called the designers guild. To join this organization, one has to be a qualified designer who attained not less that grade 2 in college. The person should be recommended by a professional with at-least five years experience. Moreover, the person intending to join it should not have committed any criminal offence at any time in their life. Upon membership, the benefits are hundredfold: members are able to acquire loans that are payable at friendly rates of interest. Moreover, members became de facto members of the designer trade union whose objective is to advocate for the rights of designer's countrywide and also to market their career on the designers journal free of charge(Foxley, 2007). We also attend annual conferences whereby we invite designers all over the world to come and share their experiences with us.
I have all along desired to be self-employed. This is because a self-employed person has all the freedom to attend to their clients without any undue pressure, work at odd hours and derive more satisfaction than they can derive if they were employed in a design company. Self-employed designers also have the freedom to make a choice of what to offer to their clients. They even have more time to interact with their clients than their counterparts who are employed do(Finn, 2008). My desire is to have a personal touch with my clients so that I allow them to dictate what they want me to offer them. I have received immense inspiration from a well-known designer called Alexander Wang. He deals in menswear and last year he won the trophy of the best designer. I also did my internship with him and that is where I gained the experience that I have. I want to emulate him.
The Professional Interview:
The following is the Interview that I conducted with one of the most popular professionals in design, Mr. Alexander Wang I will present the interview as it was:
Me: How did you choose this field to work in?
Alexander Wang: all along my high school life I have always aspired to be a designer. In high school, I purchased numerous magazines that published information to do with design. I also got advice from my mentors. They motivated me to pursue it.
Me: How did you get started in your professional career? Was it something that you were interested as a young person? (Why or Why not?)
Alexander Wang: like I told you, I got interested in design back in high school. I only needed the money to go to design college and my parents were more than happy to educate me on the design. It was in my heart right from my youth days. I have always felt that, in fact, this was my ultimate job and I would not fit anywhere else. Yes, this is my job.
Me: Did you work an internship or internships along the way, and who were they for, what did you do? What did you learn from your internships)?
Alexander Wang: every college graduate must work as an intern at a popular institution. It is at the institution that the graduate will learn the practical aspects of their job because normally what students learn in school are the theoretical aspects. I was attached with a popular design organization in New York where I learned the practical aspects of design.
Me: How did you get to your current position in your career and how long did it take you?
Alexander Wang: it has taken me only five years to be the managing director of this design organization. After I completed my internship with Johns Designers in 2007, I engaged myself as a self-employed worker in the design market and then after this company advertised his position I applied. There was not stiff competition in the position. The certificates I had assisted me a lot
Me: What do you like about what you do for work?
Alexander Wang: my job entails creativity and that is why I like it. You engage yourself in creative work and what comes up is just amazing. I like it.
Me: What are some things that you maybe “don’t like” so much, but have to do in your work?
Alexander Wang: most of the times your coworkers will not be happy about your achievements and success. That is part of life and you have to put up with it. Again, your client may not be satisfied with your work; it is your duty and obligation to satisfy them, however, hard it may seem to be.
Me: What are the most practical and most valuable skills that you need to have in order to succeed in your field? (Maybe 3-5 Specific things)
Alexander Wang: A person must be dedicated to whatever they do. Secondly, they have to take the interests of other people at heart. Thirdly, they have to believe in themselves; confidence is very important in the success and finally, they have to believe in existence of a Supreme Being who aids their success in life.
Me: Tell me about some difficulties that you had, or the expected challenges in this field?
Alexander Wang: it is always hard to get started in your career. The most difficult thing in academic life is starting your career. It is important that young scholars to be aware of their desires in life when they grow up. That decision must be made early enough while they are in lower classes.
Me: What advice would you give someone trying to break into this field?
Alexander Wang: dedication is the thing. One is required to be dedicated and committed to satisfy the client in the design.
Me: How important are personal contacts in order to advance in your profession?
Alexander Wang: very important. A designer has to be intimately in contact with their clients
Me: Given a chance to do something different in your career, what would that be?
Alexander Wang: Nothing else. I have a belief that I am in the right profession
Me: What projects would you like to work on, before the end of your career?
Alexander Wang: I would want to engage in politics later in my life. There are things that I may not accomplish satisfactorily unless I am a politician
Me: I am grateful for your time. I would like to emulate you.
Alexander Wang: you are most welcome; you only need to commit yourself in the profession. You have all that it takes.
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Foxley, D. (2007, November 27). GQ Crowns ‘Men of the Year’. The NewYork Observer, pp. 3-4.
Gam, H., Cao, H., & Bennett, J. (2011). Application of design for disassembly in men's jacket: A study on sustainable apparel design. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 23-26.