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?
Vacation’s over. I have now started working full-time since August. After my internship at IKEA had ended, I went for several interviews and was offered a position in communications from the same department which I did my internship. There are many companies within IKEA and I work for IKEA of Sweden AB in Älmhult. It is the heart of IKEA’s product development. This is where designers, product developers and engineers work closely together to develop the range and supply the home furnishing offer all around the world.
I had also switched the two year master program to one year which means that right now, I’m working full-time on my master thesis. The good thing is I can work on my thesis from home. I’m also trying to make a connection between the research area and my work. At my workplace, there is a textiles department and potentially my ground of my thesis inspirations. The textile manager happens to be a former graduate from my school, The Swedish School of Textiles.
If you are thinking of writing your thesis in collaboration with a company, one way to get started is to contact the companies directly. A good opportunity to do so is during Career Days in the university. It is best to have the research topic and ideas ready when you approach the companies so that the companies’ representatives can put you in touch with the right person or department related to your research area. At University of Borås, we also have Company Day where companies present thesis topics and seek collaborations with students.
September is the time to shake off post summer-vacation procrastination. Note to self and those who are also writing the thesis: Don’t panic and Start Writing!