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Sophie Tromans

Career Path: Assistant Designer, H&M
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

I always dreamed of working in fashion and Northumbria was the school that made it seem like a reality to me. I chose to go into fashion with a love for the subject and I never really thought I could make it my full time job. During my time at university I got to work on live projects with companies through the school that gave me great contacts. During my placement year I went to work for H&M as an intern, and it was this internship that gave me the contacts I needed to secure a job after graduation.

What are you doing now?Sophie Tromans

I am currently working as a Design Assistant at H&M in Stockholm, Sweden.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The biggest draw was the industry placement year and it was actually this that helped me secure my job post-graduation.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying fashion was very intense but I had a great mix of lectures, seminars and practical time in the studio.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course is very connected with industry and working on live projects with commercial brands really prepared me for interviews post-degree.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

My placement was the thing that got me my job after graduation. Without the contacts I gained from it it would have taken me much longer to find work.

What was the best thing about your course?

The staff and the students, everyone is super-friendly and helpful I had a really great time learning there.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria has many industry links that we could use to help us.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The best skills were digital, with great Photoshop and Illustrator classes I left school fully prepared for the professional working world.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The people, my friends and classmates everyone is super-welcoming and hardworking.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Think about what you want from your course. If you want a really commercial fashion course where you get time to decide what you want to make this might be the one for you.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun , Challenging, Rewarding

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