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From the FRA To BAA – How Sophie Got Her Dream Fashion Job


17th February 2016

We love hearing from our former students about how they’re getting on in their careers. We recently spoke to Sophie Bentley, who studied at the Fashion Retail Academy in 2015, about how she landed her dream job as a Buyers’ Admin Assistant at Missguided in Manchester.  

“I had known for many years that I wanted to get into fashion buying and that it would be something I am good at. However, with my degree in English, a couple of internships in fashion and retail experience on my CV, I struggled to break into the industry. 

I was recommended the Fashion Retail Academy by a family friend who has worked in fashion for many years after they heard rave reviews. I saved up as much money as I could, quit my job in retail and moved to London! 

sophie buyers admin assistant career

I loved that we were taught by experienced professionals from the industry and the individual attention they gave every one of us studying. What I really valued from the course is the genuine, honest, impartial advice that I still carry with me in my career today. We were given a wide range of valuable information and taught applicable skills in both buying and merchandising. Without a doubt, the most valuable aspect of the course for me was the job prospects that were presented to us. 

We were given one-to-one coaching on interview skills, techniques, CV tailoring workshops and honest career advice unique to us. We were introduced to contacts in the industry who presented us with advice on life and real job opportunities. We were taken to the Head Offices of some of the biggest retailers in the industry. Getting amazing advice from the people that are hiring for your dream job, and the status of the FRA, really gave me the edge I needed on my CV! 

I started my job as a Buyers Admin Assistant for Arcadia the Monday after my course finished, after meeting the Head of HR and landing an interview during my study. After 6 months at Arcadia, I moved back to Manchester to be a Buyers Admin Assistant for Missguided. 

It was so refreshing to be a part of the culture at FRA and to meet the amazing tutors and pupils, who I am still friends with today. I owe my career to FRA and because of this, it’s the best decision I ever made! I can honestly say that my time at the FRA was more valuable to me than my 3 years at university.  

All I will say to anyone thinking of applying, you won’t regret it.” 

Congratulations on your success, Sophie!  

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