How to get your first job in the fashion industry: Successful Fashion Designer Podcast interview with Bjorn Bengtsson

SFD 001: How to Get Your First Job in the Fashion Industry with Bjorn Bengtsson

May 08, 2017

What is this? I know, I know, this post looks really different from the usual posts…so I’ll take a quick second to introduce you to The Successful Fashion Designer Podcast.

If you recall, our last episode of the SFD Monday night live show was almost two months ago on March 13th. In that episode, I promised you we were working on something super exciting to continue to bring you more valuable content. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been interviewing Successful Fashion Designers and Marc’s been hard at work editing.

Today, we are thrilled to deliver the first episode of the weekly podcast. I truly hope you enjoy it and would be thrilled if you’d take 60 seconds to leave an honest review in iTunes – the more of these we get early on helps the podcast get discovered and ranked.

Visit the Successful Fashion Designer site for more info.


Breaking into the fashion industry is tough. Even if you go to fashion school, the competition is fierce. But there are a few thing you can do to get ahead. Bjorn has over 30 years of experience working in fashion, and in this episode he shares exactly how to get an interview, what he’s looking for during that first meeting, and what you can do to impress your next boss.

You will learn:

  • The value of internships and building relationships
  • What to include (and not include) in your portfolio
  • Why Illustrator skills are mandatory – but what other skills you need to survive
  • The skills learned in school vs what’s required in the real world
  • How to better prepare yourself for a job while you’re in school
  • How to create opportunities if you don’t have a fashion school degree
  • Why a curious mind will take you far
  • How to get in touch with Bjorn for guidance (thank you for this generous offer Bjorn!)

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