Transitioning into tech while maintaining my fashionable mind. Fashion and tech at first glance have not many aspects in common, especially when it comes to career path. Furthermore, it might
Transitioning into tech while maintaining my fashionable mind.
Fashion and tech at first glance have not many aspects in common, especially when it comes to career path. Furthermore, it might seem so absurd how a creative mind could get intrigued by the complexity and technicality of programming.
Coming from a scientific background during high school years and a degree in fashion design, I have always perceived creativity from a different angle and, in fact, I have never categorized myself as the fully artistic mind, but I have instead approached creativity from an analytic perspective and furthermore, building things has always been the part of the creative process I mostly enjoy: whether is pattern making/garment development or, in more recent times, programming.
Can programming even be considered a creative aspect? It certainly has a strong technical side, however it can be simplified as an essential process aimed to build digital products (whether that is a complex software or a basic application) and in a similarly strange way the conceptual association with the technicality of pattern making doesn’t seem that far.
From my experience, technology has never been an intriguing field nor an attractive subject between girls and, in fact, only in the last years I have started to get a glimpse into the tech world. While working in e-commerce was pretty clear that learning programming was a fundamental requirement to actively navigate through and understand the digital world from a technical perspective. The decision to educate myself on a new industry became soon clear.
Self study soon got replaced by skill share-based meet ups first and boot camps after. Being exposed to the London tech scene offered a multitude of options for my learning path and, although getting into tech is a career choice for some, it has become a manifesto for others; in fact, diversity within the tech industry is still a hot conversation and sometimes skill-share sessions get replaced by events on gender gap issues. After all, meet ups are great networking funnels.
The most efficient way to learn programming, when learning on the job is not an option, is certainly a well demanding boot camp which will surely challenges and make you reconsider the path undertaken many times along the way but rewards afterwards. Without any doubt, shifting mindsets and being exposed to a new scale of concepts are the most challenging aspects of the learning path but ultimately source of motivation and accomplishment.
Fashion is an industry that is slowly moving towards a change; experimenting alliances with different industries, not the least technology, and while keeping a strong presence and heritage from the past, renovating approaches and introducing new mindsets within the industry can lead to overall modernization at a large scale, from product to service.
words and visual by Giulia Mummolo