Key skills for a career in visual merchandising
Justine Simpson says to be a good visual merchandiser, you “have to be quite resourceful and good at finding solutions. You also have to be good at taking feedback and finding a compromise…you can get a long way by being helpful, solution-driven and having a positive attitude.”
Monica describes the perfect visual merchandiser as “empathetic, open and flexible!”. Leydis agrees: “Visual merchandisers are creative, active, optimistic and decisive!”
Creativity and Design Skills
As it’s such a practical career, visual merchandisers need to be highly creative with a talent for design, colour and style! To reach the higher levels of the career, you’ll need to demonstrate real creative flair and imagination in your ideas.
IT and CAD Skills
To create designs, you’ll need good IT skills. You’ll need to use computer-aided design (CAD) software, such as AutoCAD, Mockshop or Adobe Creative Suite. You’ll use these to develop plans to share with your team and you’ll need to interpret other’s plans too.