Hi guys, welcome back to It’s True Blog. I feel this community is growing day by day and I absolutely love how interactive this platform is becoming. Keep joining the conversation guys and please also share the articles that you like so that we might help others who need these information as well! Keep reading today because I’m going to tell you Why I Quit Working In Fashion/Beauty To Work In Tech.
A little background
I’ve been into fashion quite a long time ago. I mean I not a fashionista at all. I just wear what I want to wear and I don’t nessecarily follow particular trends. But I am very much intrigued about the marketing strategies that a lot of fashion brands are implementing, their stories behind their advertising, their storty-telling, social media, clothing and so on. Basically everything that happens behind the scene. When I was doing my undergrad, I was always working for fashion or beauty brands. I started It’s True Blog a few years ago mainly just focussing on ”outfit of the day”. For those that don’t know, it’s just casual posts where you’re talking about your outfits. Because of this, I even decided to do my masters in international fashion marketing last year. But why did I move into tech and not fashion?
1. I wanted to learn new set of skills
To be honest, I didn’t cross my mind to actually work for a tech company when I graduated from uni. But the opportunity came along and I had the grab it with both hands. I also wanted to learn new set of skills and merge it with the skills I learnt during my bachelor’s and masters studies. It couldn’t have been a better choice because I’ve learnt so much at my current job for Google AdWords. And as we know this tool can be used in and for any industry!
2. Skills that would be relevant for my blog
So I’ve been blogging for a few years now I have seen how fast paced this industry of blogging actually is. Today this can be hot and happening, the next few months it’s already outdated. I wanted to get more insight on different tools that can help in building a community online, deliver good content, attract readers to those content that later will become loyal to your platform. At my 9-5, I’m not dealing with bloggers as clients but boy oh boy are these tools are very much applicable for blogs as well!
3. I wanted to work in a different environment
Another reason why I was willing to move to the tech industry was because I wanted to be exposed into a different work environment. As I already mentioned, I have worked in fashion/beauty sector throughout my bachelors and master’s. I was doing a lot of retail jobs where I was working in groups which were mainly women dominated. When I did my internship at Coty in The Netherlands it was mainly women dominated team.
I read the book of Sheryl Sandberg called Lean In and she spoke openly about the challenges of working in tech as a female and in an environment where it’s mainly male dominated. This intrigued be to actually found out if I could actually relate to the experiences that Sheryl described in her book. I also wanted to find out about the challenges in this environment and how you can proof your capability as a woman. I also wanted to experience the ”difference” between working in different gender dominated teams. Expect an article about this topic guys because I can really relate to the several points Sheryl talked about. Click on the book to get your copy, I really recommend it!
When I graduated from uni, I was still in London applying for entry level jobs in London. I must say that the salaries for entry level fashion jobs really shocked me. A lot of jobs were just offering minimum salary. Well we all know how expensive London is. Personally, I wasn’t willing to settle for a minimum salary. By seeing the salaries, it made me more open to look for opportunities outside of the fashion industry. For me this decision was a smart move, skills wise and salary-wise as well.
This was my story guys. If you would like to receive personal tips and tricks in regards to getting into tech, sign up for the newsletters below!