I’m often asked what’s it like to be a student in Borås. Other than studies and assignments, there’s plenty going on. I often attend guest lectures, events and meet up with people from the industry.
Meeting people from the Industry
Last month, we have H&M buyers and buying assistants meeting students to talk about the job as a buyer at a global fashion company. We also had Company Day where various companies and NGOs were here to present thesis projects and collaborations for the students. Companies present include IKEA, FOV Fabrics, SweRea, Silva Sweden and more.
It’s already mid March but there are still plenty of upcoming events for the month
15 March: Lecture with Robin Cornelius, founder of the Swiss company Product DNA
Product DNA is a Swiss company specialized in the traceability of supply chains and the promotion of transparency in consumer goods. The lecture ‘Traceability, the new dimension in textile CSR policy’ will be about how to make the textile value chain more transparent in order to meet social and sustainable challenges in the textile industry.
19 March: Textil Kraft Grand Opening at Textile Museum, the Swedish School of Textiles
The grand opening is a free event which begins with a ceremonious inauguration at 12:15. Textile Craft is about the textile industry through the ages, along with development of machinery and its impact on the industry. The full program include Q&A’s on textile industry and performance by theatre group Skapet.
20 March: International Student Brunch
Easter is coming and it’s time for the International Easter student brunch. The concept is simple. Students bring a typical (Easter) dish from their home country and get to enjoy the buffet with food from all over the world!
21 March: Tips and tricks in how to perform well at a job interview
A career workshop with opportunity to get tips and feedback on your CVs at Career Services
Nov’15 – 24 March: HYBRIDERNAS POESI exhibtion, Textile Museum
This year’s recipient of the Nordic Award in Textiles is a visual artist Gunvor Nervold Antonsen from Norway. The exhibition displays works from the later years of her powerful style, where two- and three-dimensional objects in various materials and techniques come together in expressive installations.
A mini getaway to Russia and Finland at student price! Travelling with big overnight ferries between the cities and transportation from Borås and to Borås, this popular trip has been fully booked.
Image credits: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se
After graduating with a MSc in Corporate Finance, I worked as a corporate analyst in Singapore for a year. Work was good but I often found myself wondering what it was like to work in the textile/fashion industry, something which I’d always been curious about and always wanted to do.
Then it struck me ‘I have to do this and go after what I want’.
It’s not easy to ‘follow my heart’, give up my career and steady income. Not to mention, the uncertainty of switching to an entire different industry which I barely knew, not knowing if it was even worthwhile. The more I thought about it, the more energized I felt. #YOLO, if not now, then when?
Why is it my first choice?
University of Borås offers textile management master program in English, exactly what I’m look for and even better, I don’t need prior background in textiles, fashion or design.
With full scale textiles manufacturing equipment on site, along with one of the only five knitting machines in the world is located right here, University of Borås is more than just a university!
University of Borås has a strong reputation with a front edge on several exciting research projects. When I learned the capability of smart textiles and how it can improve people’s everyday lives, I became even more intrigued. Further more, students at University of Borås are regulars at fashion week.
University of Borås is located in the city center and within walking distance to many cafes, Knalleland shopping center, secondhand shops and several supermarkets. Many fashion companies are based in Borås and around the region – Gina Tricot, H&M, Lindex, Ellos and many more – where many students have their internships.
It’s an ARTSY town where many well-known graffiti artists have set foot. Don’t miss out the Nolimit Borås street art in this town!
Here in Borås, my friends come from all over the world, it’s a truly diverse student town. What more can I ask for?
Textile and fashion students out there…
Kappahl is running a Sustainability Design Contest which runs from 25 January to 27 March 2016. This contest is open to textile and fashion students in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland. The winner gets the opportunity to realize his or her idea with Kappahl’s design team and a trip to any of Kappahl’s production countries with the theme of sustainable production, worth 25,000 SEK.
The contest can be written in English or Swedish. For students who are interested in taking part in the sustainable design contest, check out the video below and for further information and requirements about the contest, visit Kappahl’s website.
Why care about sustainable fashion
According to Greenpeace, one of the major sources of pollution is the fashion industry. We also also aware of human rights exploitation in the textiles and fashion industry such as child labor, not fulfilling the minimum wage requirements, workers working in harmful environments and the list goes on. Not forgetting the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that took the lives of 1,129 workers in 2013, something which can be and should be prevented.
Big companies have a big role and responsibility to be more sustainable. I’m glad to see big companies taking concrete actions towards sustainability, with production that respect the people and the environment. As consumers, we can also play our part and make the right choices.
Image credits: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se