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Panel Discussion and Career Services Meet Up
(left to right) Courtney Smoyer, Jennifer Device, Katie Kim, Rick Horwitch

​(left to right) Courtney Smoyer, Jennifer Device, Katie Kim, Rick Horwitch

Twenty-three companies and over 280 students connected in a dynamic and exciting networking event in the Trabant Student Center on Wednesday, October 24.  The event was sponsored by Career Services  Center and the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies; it included a wide array of apparel industry executives and companies. 

To kick off the event, an hour-long panel discussion attracted a standing-room-only crowd eager to learn more about the apparel industry and specifically how to better prepare for internships, interviews and job hunting.  The panel consisted of Jennifer Device, Senior Manager of Merchandising Training & Talent Development for the Qurate Retail Group; Rick Horwitch, Vice President of Global Retail Lead Supply Chain Strategy at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services; Katie Kim, Uniqlo Recruiting Manager and Senior Trainer for the UMC Program and Internship Program; and Courtney Smoyer, Associate Merchandiser for Rompers, Jumpsuits, Sets, Children’s, “Seasonless Chase and Fast Fashion” with Lilly Pulitzer.  The moderator for the event was current University of Delaware Graduate Student, Adjunct Instructor and Entrepreneur, Cha Cha Hudson.  Led by Cha Cha, panelists discussed their career paths, best practices in preparing for interviews, most common mistakes made by applicants and other relevant topics.  In addition, students had time to ask questions of the panelists before the event concluded. 

The networking event that followed was a unique opportunity for companies within the industry to engage in one-on-one conversations with the student participants.  Companies who attended were as follows:  Athleta, Amazon, Burlington, Ross Stores, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, UnderArmour, Eddie Bauer, Lilly Pulitzer, Haddad Brands, Solomon Page, Castlewood Apparel, Nike, Loft, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret (Corporate), Uniqlo, South Moon Under, QVC, The Children’s Place, URBN and Trendalytics.  The energy and positivity in the room was obvious and everyone agreed that it was a win-win experience!

Career Services FASH Meet Up

​Career Services FASH Meet Up

Career Services FASH Meet Up

​Career Services FASH Meet Up

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
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