There are many great benefits in choosing fashion design as a career over all other professions. For one, you get to travel around the world, learn about new cultures/languages, discover new adventures, as well as try great cuisine. Secondly, your day-to-day tasks are always different – expect the unexpected from sourcing, sampling, production and marketing. Life is always much more interesting when you are working and traveling on the other side of the world, where you get to meet some really cool and interesting people along the way. The scenery is never the same or boring, and the workload is always challenging. The best part is that you get to make money and, at the same time, enjoy living your life to the fullest, unlike regular 9-to-5 jobs, where you are stuck in a small office cubicle and don’t get to travel or earn a decent salary. In addition, working for someone else usually means that you have to deal with a cranky boss or mean coworkers on a daily basis, and suffer through all the usual dramas at your workplace! Working for yourself is, by far, more rewarding than working for someone else because you get to keep all the profits you earn for yourself. Why would you want to work so hard making your boss richer, while your life is going nowhere and your pay stays the same year after year? A career in fashion design is a privilege, not a burden, when you can have so many great options to grow your career, and increase your wealth.

– Chris Falcon is a Canadian designer and fashion educator with over 35 years of experience in the garment design and manufacturing business.