By: Ranjan K Baruah
Many students dream to choose fashion as their career. When we talk about fashion it is not just about fashion shows but as one of the most creative of professions. And fashion as a career is about designing textiles, leather and more. All this together makes the fashion industry.
Many players including global ones in the fashion industry are not looking forward optimistically to 2020 and beyond, as gloom seems to overshadow the Indian market. The McKinsey Global Fashion Index forecasts that fashion industry revenue growth will slow further in 2020, down to 3-4 per cent, slightly below predicted growth for 2019. The most optimistic region is Asia – China and India. Despite the current slowdown in the economy, the Indian clothing market is expected to be worth $53.7 billion in 2020, making it the sixth largest globally, according to the fourth annual State of Fashion report by The Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company.
There are many advantages in India related to fashion. Rise in income levels is expected to drive the demand in textile industry. And similarly growth in building and construction will continue to raise demand for non-clothing textiles. India has an abundant availability of raw materials such as cotton, wool, silks and jute. 100 per cent FDI (automatic route) is allowed in the Indian textile sector. To boost exports, free trade with ASEAN has been encouraged. Huge investments are being made by government under Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) and Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to encourage more private equity and to train work force. These factors bring more opportunities for students who are planning to choose fashion as their career.
Courses in leading institute like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) include Bachelor of Design in Accessory Design, Fashion Communication, Knitwear Design, Leather Design, Textile Design and Fashion Design. In the master level course it provides courses like Master of Design, Master of Fashion Technology and Master of Fashion Management. There are many other institutes in the country that offers similar courses and also different diplomas and advanced diplomas. Admission in leading institutes is through All India Entrance test which are conducted in all leading cities of the country.
After senior secondary, students may appear for the entrance to bachelor courses. For post graduation diplomas in fashion the minimum qualification is graduation. This year’s NIFTS’ entrance for UG and PG course would be held on 19th January and results would be declared by February / March this year. NIFTS’s campuses are in New Delhi, Patna, Shillong, Kolkata, Mumbai, Rae Bareli, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, etc. Students may prepare well to get admission in these campuses. There are coaching institutes to guide and mentor the aspirants.
I wish our readers a great year ahead in 2020. Let this year be a year of success for our students and aspirants looking for placement. I wish parents and guardians equally take interest in career planning of students so that we can make a vibrant future for all of us. Wishing all our readers Happy New Year! Keep reading and do send feedback and queries.
(Ranjan K Baruah is a career mentor, skill trainer and motivational speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8473943734 for any career related queries)