A Life in Fashion – a DIT graduate’s journey to become a fashion buyer


27 August 2013: Phillipa Ryan, who completed DIT’s Fashion Buying & Management postgraduate diploma, now works with two leading companies.

She explains how she came to study at DIT, how she became a fashion buyer and what advice she’d give to someone thinking of doing the course.

‌“A familiar story to anyone trying to break into the 'fashion industry' is lack of contacts and not knowing where to begin - the scope of roles is so vast and the Irish industry so small that finding your place can be difficult,” she says.

“My decision to join the Fashion Buying postgraduate came after a multimedia degree, four years working in media buying and a year travelling the globe. The course was a start, a change and a push in the right direction.

“Entering the course as a mature student was a leap of fate. For anyone attempting to return to college after years in the workplace, it can be one part exciting, one part frightening and one part challenging.

“The work placement is invaluable to students in gaining industry insight, experience for your CV, contacts and direction to which area you work best in. I interned in Brown T‌homas - it was a great learning experience and has really stood to me since finishing.

“One of my favourite parts of the course was our week in Scotland studying the Materials and Fabrics module. Visits to manufacturing factories and class work help inform and raise awareness of processes, work and all that is essential to form and function of the garment. Learning about clothing fit and understanding faults are essential pieces of knowledge in any buying office.

“Immediately after finishing the course, I started a paid internship with Harris Agencies after which I was kept on to work on a part-time basis. Following on from this, I joined Lennon Courtney on a part time basis so I now balance both jobs during the week.

“Everyone finds where they suit best. The PG Dip in Fashion Buying gives a great start, insight and introduction to the industry. The best advice I can give to anyone looking to join the course is to have an open mind, seize every opportunity and work hard. It's 12 months of intensive practical and academic based work. It will most definitely give you the start in fashion buying that you are looking for.”

DIT’s Fashion Buying & Management postgraduate diploma course is now accepting applications for its January 2014 intake.

This one year, full-time programme is designed for graduates seeking to break into the exciting and fast-paced fashion buying industry.

If you would like to find out further information on this course, please contact Programme Director Dr Dee Duffy at dee.duffy@dit.ie or visit www.dit.ie/pgdipfashionbuyingandmanagement



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