Becoming a Buyer with her Fashion Design Degree

Her determination is inspiring and the sacrifice she's making to enter Nordstrom's Internship program just after graduating with a Fashion Design Degree is sure to pay off for Lauren Deranger.

The University of Louisiana put the spotlight on Lauren as one of their top nine graduating students this year who is planning to make her mark in the fashion industry. This honor is certainly not easy to come by according to Robbie Bush, chairman of the association's awards committee.
"What we like to see is a combination of academic achievement, meaningful community outreach on a consistent basis and a focus on how that relates to the next step of their continued careers."
Seeking a career in fashion is an incredibly competitive undertaking where only those that truly have the talent and the focus are mostly likely to succeed. Having only classroom knowledge under her belt, Lauren knew that it would take some creativity on her part to get a foot in the door.
"I knew going into it how difficult it was for someone to get a job in fashion. ... I knew Nordstrom took interns. It's the most prestigious and competitive company, so I looked on the map and said, 'Oh, that's where the buyers are. That's where I want to be.' "
After a successful completion of that type of program Lauren will have the experience, contact and references to make it to her dream job of becoming a fashion buyer.

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