If you study at LCF you have access to all the latest services and resources from the Graduate Futures team.
The aim of Graduate Futures is to provide current students, and new graduates, with focused careers and employability advice. This service grows knowledge and self-reliance, helping students to plan and manage their own careers.
Our team also provides support to students finding placements and work experience opportunities. They have a full schedule of careers activities, including industry-led events and live brand competitions. Attending these events can enhance students’ transferable skills and build their industry network.
The Graduate Futures team provides enterprise support to students who want to set up their own businesses or start out as a freelancer. Find out more about enterprise support here.
What LCF offers:
- Careers advice and employability skills to students
- A fashion-focused jobs and placements service and jobsboard, exclusive to LCF students and graduates.
- Opportunities to be involved in industry projects on-course.
- Support on setting up a business upon graduation.
What we offer our students
Undergraduate student opportunities
Students are able to attend events and essential employability sessions. These sessions will cover fundamental employability skills like writing CVs and cover letters.
Students can access events and employability skills sessions. These will cover all employability skills required to help you secure work experience or a placement. Second year students can attend bookable 1-2-1 coaching tutorials with a Placement Officer.
Students have exclusive access to a range of industry projects, competitions and brand events. Participation in these activities will place you within LCF’s talent pool and help to raise your profile. You can also attend bookable 1-2-1 coaching tutorial with a Graduate Futures Consultant.
Postgraduate student opportunities
Postgraduate students have access to an exclusive week of events, dedicated to employability and enterprise. You can also attend bookable 1-2-1 coaching tutorial with a Graduate Futures Consultant.
Student and graduate jobsboard
If you study at LCF you get access to Careers Live, a fashion focused job board managed by Graduate Futures. The site advertises jobs and placements exclusively to LCF students and graduates.
LCF Careers Live allows industry employers to create a profile and advertise opportunities in only five minutes. These can include jobs, internships, placements, short-term work experience and freelance opportunities. Students and graduates can sign up for an account with a valid LCF Student ID.
Launched in October 2017 during the Fashion Business School Summit at the Vinyl Factory, the WGSN competition asked students to pitch an idea or presentation to them in an area which they thought the forecasting giant should be targeting. The competition was set-up by LCF Careers (now Graduate Futures), who worked closely with WGSN and Vivian throughout her time there. Vivian ‘blew’ the judges away and was awarded the 1st prize at the presentation. Runners up were MA Strategic Fashion Marketing student, Lisa Niepelt and MA Fashion Journalism student, Laura Coupland.
The students attended meetings with four managers at WGSN Headquarters and delivered an overview of their work. Present at the meetings were Activewear Director Clare Varga, Womenswear Director Jane Body, Menswear Director Volker Kettenis and Managing Editor Laura Cunliffe.
Inditex: Tempe Hometown Trend
Launched in November 2017 to second year students of LCF’s BA (Hons) Cordwainers Bags and Accessories and BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear undergraduate courses, this competition was embedded within course units. Students were asked to create and present a collection of shoes or accessories for one of the Client’s retain chains. The Designs were to be for aimed at the Client’s SS18 season and needed to target the Client’s consumer base, while incorporating brand values.
The winners included Paul, Samuel and Lauren from BA(Hons) Cordwainers Footwear and Sebastian, Ross and Kyeongyoon from BA(Hons) Cordwainers Bags and Accessories. The judges were amazed with the students’ attention to detail at researching into global and cultural trends within the industry, when designing their collections. These designs will be included in the Client’s SS18 season, and a year’s paid internship for all selected, based in Alicante, Spain.
Inside LVMH Program
The Inside LVMH Program was open to fashion business students from across Europe, and launched to students of our Fashion Business School in January 2018. The project asked for teams of 3-5 students to develop an innovative concept on the topic: ‘Imagine the luxury experience of tomorrow’.
LCF’s Team Holoview, Emma Barois - MSc Strategic Fashion Management; Zoë Chrysostom - BSc(Hons) Fashion Management and Juliette Bosscher - BSc(Hons) Fashion Management, were selected by LVMH judges as one of the top 45 entrants into the competition for their groundbreaking and original product concept. Team Holoview attended the closing event at the LVMH Headquarters in Paris, spent an afternoon with LVMH Managers and representatives and have been entered into the LVMH Talent Pool, sharing their profile with all LVMH recruiters of their 70 Houses.
Puma Design Sprint
This competition, launched in November, invited students from LCF courses BA(Hons) Fashion Sportswear Design and BA(Hons) Fashion Design Development to join a talk and workshop questioning the future of sportswear design.
The brief asked students to explore, experiment & express their creativity with insight and guidance from Puma creative leadership to answer the question: ‘How would you envision sportswear design of the future?’
What we offer our graduates and alumni
- New graduates have use of the Graduate Futures service for two years after graduation.
- They also have access to LCF Careers Live, LCF's in-house jobs board as long as you register whilst a student. This advertises jobs and placements from across the industry, to LCF students and graduates.
- They also gain access to enterprise support, Centre for Fashion Enterprise and alumni benefits.