Fashion Business Jobs Abroad

Back to Programs

A Guide to Fashion Business Jobs Abroad

Every year, thousands of attendees drool over the awe-inspiring pieces on the catwalks of Fashion Weeks around the world. From Milan to Paris, fashion wannabes are dying to etch their way into fashion designer jobs abroad. Some may forget, however, the other side to the fashion world: the business side. Want to experience the highs of the fashion world? A career comprised of international fashion jobs might be your key inside. If the world of fashion calls your name, but you want to approach the logistical side of this topsy turvy environment, take a look at fashion jobs abroad!

Why Work Abroad in Fashion

A growing number of people from around the world traverse cultural boundaries to join foreign work forces—and why not? The rewards speak for themselves. A steep learning curve, exchange of cultures, learning a new language, broader perspectives for your interests, interesting job options; fashion opportunities abroad are expanded simply by working in another culture.

You could work in social media, accounting, or even sales! Stepping out of your cultural “safety bubble” for work demonstrates your mobility, flexibility, and cultural savviness— a sexy add-on to any outfit. In today’s job market, employers hunt for these kinds of skills. Since fashion business is an ever-growing international industry, you’ll not only get a fierce job, but you’ll get some stellar travel in while you’re at it!

Locations

When you think about the fashion capitals of the world, New York, Paris, or Milan may come to mind. If you're looking into fashion jobs abroad, you’re looking for a different hybrid of skill sets and cities than for fashion alone. Lucky for you, fashionista, a plethora of cities have international fashion jobs of some kind. Here’s just a few great places for you to start your  search for fashion opportunities abroad:

Madrid, already known for its fashion beauty, houses some of the best business schools in the world, which produce a wide job market for finding fashion design jobs in Spain. If that’s not enough to draw you to this Spanish city, try thinking of munching on tapas (tiny plates of heavenly Spanish creations) and sipping sangria in a plaza warmed by the afternoon sun. It’s not all work and no play for the Spaniards! If you’re more culturally inspired, check out museums and architecture.

China may seem like a broad suggestion, but pick any of the large-sized cities in the country, and you’ll find work before you can say “Hermes.” China is known for it’s forward, sometimes quirky fashion; fast-paced technological advances are what makes fashion jobs in China stay ahead of the curve. Beijing, Chengdu, and Dalian are popular picks. Chinese organizations are known to understand that having the cultural counterparts of their clients working alongside them enhances the effectiveness of their work. If you’re not sold on the Eastern world yet, some of the most ancient traditions in the world and fantastic food will grab your attention.

Last but not least, consider some English-speaking countries. Explore the lush countrysides of Ireland and take a gander at its diverse range of textiles. Walk along the networked streets of London, one of the leading fashion cities, and let famous designers inspire you, like Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Westwood. The bustling lively city of New York in the United States is the top choice for most fashion divas, since it is America’s capital for fashion and business. You can’t make a wrong choice when it comes to these opportunities for international fashion design jobs!

International Fashion Jobs

When it comes to variations, the differences you’ll see will be mostly in culture and in work environment. Whether it’s buying, selling, merchandising, marketing, news, or social media, if you’re business savvy, the fashion world just may require your expertise! Spain’s work environment may be more laid back and allow you to take a siesta break in the afternoon. London and China, on the other hand, will keep your caffeine buzz high and working like you mean it!

Most entry level fashion jobs abroad require a higher degree of specialization than an undergraduate degree (such as a graduate degree in fashion merchandising/sales and marketing, production management, visual presentation/styling, PR, etc.), which can be more directly applied to a niche business or organization. Salaries vary significantly around the world and depend not only on what specific type of work you find yourself in, but also your prior qualifications and experience in the field. The goal of seeking fashion jobs abroad should be to get your (good-lookin’) shoe in the door and beautify your resume for future jobs.

Your work week will vary depending on where you choose to land a job. European countries typically work 35 hours in a full-time position with lots of vacation days. On the other hand, the workforce in the USA can work 40 or more hours each week as a full-time employee. Since fashion is such an international business by nature, you will find that most people will be bilingual or speak several languages. However, do not count on this being the case. The language barrier can be a significant obstacle to finding international fashion jobs in many regions of the world. Major fashion employers do tend to value native English-speakers, but still, as within many other professional fields, it will greatly help your chances and you will appear much more professional and prepared if you at least know a little of the native tongue.

Benefits & Challenges

The benefits are clear: learn another culture, language, and build your resume while you create your dream professional career. If you’re used to a long work week, perhaps you can benefit from a shorter one in Europe and take advantage of your proximity to so many other nations. You’ll also be able to fuse another country’s style with your own! Draw inspiration from people on their way to the market and the catwalk.

Challenges will vary by country, but some to look out for are changes in work environment and etiquette. You may have a longer workweek, or your employers may expect you to finish the project until it’s perfect. Be aware of adjusting to work culture as well. Think about what the typical business customs are. How do business associates greet one another? How are business meetings conducted? As a foreigner, you’ll likely be excused for small mishaps, but do your research before starting work, and you’ll be just fine.

If you’re ready to tackle the world of fashion jobs abroad, now is the time to jump in and strut your stuff. Remember, you don’t have to be Coco Chanel to find fashion opportunities abroad. Jobs are available for every piece of the business model, so don’t be intimidated!

Read More

written by:

A Guide To
Fashion Business Jobs Abroad

READ ARTICLE

 Find Fashion Business Jobs Abroad Now

Save

This listing has been saved 43 times

The Stir Experience

Our Work & Travel Program gives you the ultimate flexibility to work and travel based on your schedule. All programs include unlimited pre-departure support in the US and in Australia. We are ready to assist with your adventure, helping you make informed decisions on where to work, live, and travel in Australia. Land a placement that matches your skills and be ready with our orientation ...

Save

This listing has been saved 142 times

Knowledge Must

China has captivated the minds of people around the world for thousands of years. There has always been a mix of awe and fascination for everything Chinese. In recent decades, China has been widely acknowledged as a global powerhouse, from cultural exports to business prowess, from the fine arts to technology. Chinese organisations have long understood the value of foreign employees for enhanci...

Save

This listing has been saved 70 times

Beijing and Shanghai Summer Internships

The ImmerQi China Internship Program offers participants the opportunity to gain international work experience in a dynamic economy, learn Mandarin, and become culturally immersed in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. The program is ideal for undergraduates looking to get international experience before graduating or recent graduates trying to get their foot in the door. ...

Save

This listing has been saved 290 times

J-1 U.S. Internships and Training Programs

Looking to intern and advance your career in the United States? You are in the right place. Cultural Vistas provides thousands of international students and professionals every year with the necessary visa sponsorship and support to enhance their skills and gain exposure to American business practices and culture through internship and training programs with U.S. organizations. In additio...

Save

This listing has been saved 227 times

Nomaden Berlin

Thinking about moving abroad? Then we can think of few places better than the vibrant German capital Berlin. At Nomaden Berlin, we don’t just want to help you move to Berlin, we want to immerse you in the culture, language, and lifestyle of Europe's coolest capital. We are Berlin’s first full-service relocation package provider and assist Working Holidaymakers, job-seekers, young profession...

Save

This listing has been saved 15 times

China Internship Program + Mandarin

Get all the professional benefits of our internship program, while also gaining the academic benefits of our intensive Chinese language program! This program is highly customizable - you choose how many months you want to split between taking Mandarin classes and interning. The internship program will give you the opportunity to get real hands-on experience in the internship sector of your ch...

Save

This listing has been saved 175 times

Asia Internship Program

Indonesia is one of the most idealistic destination to participate in an internship program. It is a great place for your future business opportunities as it has been maintaining its position as the biggest economy in Southeast Asia for decades. With the major advance in Hotel & Tourism, and Engineering and Manufacturing, Indonesia is a perfect country-choice you cannot miss in order to enhance...

Save

This listing has been saved 6 times

Intern in Barcelona with Absolute Internship

Break out of your comfort zone this summer at Absolute Internship's award winning program in Barcelona. Take the next step along your career path as you intern full-time in one of Europe's hottest start-up capitals while exploring the city's rich history and breathtaking architecture. Intern for one, two or three months and choose from other 30 industries including Entrepreneurship, Busines...

Save

This listing has been saved 19 times

Hutong School

Participate in an internship program in Beijing, and get the chance to kickstart your career the capital of China. You are invited to check your options with the current opportunities offered in Beijing: - International Trade Intern (Finance): 2 months to 6 months - Finance Intern (Finance): 3 months to 6 months - Law Intern (Legal): 2 months to 6 months - Business Manager Assistant (L...

Save

This listing has been saved 18 times

Full Time Internships in China

Are you aggressive to learn about Chinese market systems and success factors, Do you want to know more about how to consult and lead products into the Chinese Market without fear Do you want know more about the Chinese economy, want to gain understanding of the concepts of: Business development, Consulting International relations Engineering, Project management Logistics Supply chain A...

Save

This listing has been saved 24 times

Paid Internship in the Fashion Industry in Madrid, Spain

Spain Internship is looking for social media experts to work in a web fashion company in Madrid. Have the opportunity to hone communication and marketing skills. Tasks and responsibilities of a social media intern includes developing strategies, communicate with clients and fashion readers, and updating social media accounts. Interns will receive ¬300.

Save

This listing has been saved 26 times

Sabbatical at Kalani: Hawaii's Largest Retreat Center

Kalani's Sabbatical Program is the best of our guest and volunteer experiences rolled into one fun and relaxing month. Whether you have a writing or creative project to explore, want to take time to discover who you truly are, or simply need a retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation, you'll find a nourishing home here. Connect with new friends while on sabbatical, and return home refreshed and ...

Save

This listing has been saved 209 times

Placement Italy: Become a member!

Placement Italy is an Italian company with the mission of helping international students and graduates that are looking for internships and jobs in Italy. Placement Italy has partners in all the most important cities in Italy, such as Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice and Verona. In order to become a partner, companies have to meet Placement Italy requirements. Int...