Graduates Sonia Bhullar and Aleasha McCallion discuss RMIT's Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), a two-year masters by coursework that combines fashion practice with the principles of business.
When studying a Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), students are encouraged to learn by doing, emulating real-world practice enabling students to test, develop and implement business ideas, to grow a fashion enterprise or build a career in the global fashion industry.
RMIT’s lecturers have extensive industry experience and connections, giving students the tools and capabilities to successfully transition from the classroom into a career in the global fashion trade.
As graduates Sonia Bhullar and Aleasha McCallion have found, the fashion industry moves quickly and there are always opportunities for people with creativity and resilience to take exciting, innovative ideas to market.
Why did you choose the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT?
Bhullar: I did my undergraduate fashion degree at RMIT, and after finishing I found that while I was skilled in the creative side I wanted to further develop my skills in all the business aspects of the fashion industry. The dedication of the lecturers and the standard of education at RMIT are excellent, so I decided that it would be the ideal place to pursue a masters degree.
McCallion: I moved from Vancouver, Canada, to Melbourne, Australia, to study at RMIT – I was looking for a challenging academic program with a business of fashion focus, with instructors who have real-world fashion industry experience and knowledge to impart on their students.
What does the industry expect from fashion entrepreneurs?
Bhullar: An entrepreneur is someone with vision, who is not afraid of taking risks and who trusts their gut to understand the market and make strategic decisions. They must also be creative in conceiving new ideas and recognising opportunities. Perhaps most of all, they need grit – the ability to accept that failure is a learning opportunity and the resilience to follow through.
McCallion: In my masters I conducted an independent research project that aimed to identify the entrepreneurial capabilities that are most important in terms of employability and career success in fashion. After surveying exceptional industry representatives, I found that top of the list was an ability to identify and work on opportunities.
Where do you see your career going as a fashion entrepreneur?
Bhullar: The Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) has helped me realise that I have a diverse range of talents that I can now try to capitalise on. There are many different areas I could work in – I’m currently in the research and development stages for a boys wear line, but I also enjoy fashion journalism and am keen to pursue this alongside my own fashion practice.
McCallion: I recently joined Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) as National Manager. I am very honoured to be a part of such a distinguished and integral organisation that represents many exceptional brands, businesses, and manufacturers in the Australian textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry. I look forward to working alongside ECA towards a more transparent and ethical local TCF industry.
Do you have any advice for those wanting to kickstart a career in fashion entrepreneurship?
Bhullar: My advice is to find a mentor in the specific area of the industry you wish to pursue. The lecturers at RMIT have mentored and encouraged me all through my journey, pushing me to excel in everything I do. It’s also important to be open to any and every opportunity that comes your way.
McCallion: Be sure to spend some time talking with industry folks and entrepreneurs from a range of industries and areas. Learning from others and nurturing your professional relationships really enable you to enrich your perspective and confirm your own values and business practices.
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Story: Bradley Dixon