Hayley Gee is currently a Senior Merchandise Admin Assistant for Topshop working at their Head Office in London. She works within the Buying and Merchandising teams which are responsible for the full life-cycle of a product from initial design concept to production and retailing in stores.
Hayley’s enthusiastic about her time here at the School of Textiles and Design.
‘The University has a great reputation with lecturers who really know their subject. The facilities are also second to none with access to current trend information, magazines and design at your fingertips. As the campus is smaller than other universities I also thought it felt more like a community than larger universities; the lecturers are always available and their door is always open, if you need support.’
Hayley studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Marketing and Retailing.
‘I loved how varied the course was from promotion and advertising to distribution and logistics. I think it was really beneficial to have a general understanding of how different aspects of fashion business work when it came to applying for jobs.’
One of the best things about this course, according to Hayley, is how the course equipped her for ‘getting her foot in the door’.
‘There was a buying and merchandising class which definitely helped when it came to job applications and interviews as I could apply the theory from the course. Also being able to show you understand how all the different roles/aspects can interlink and use real examples from the industry which was a large part of what the course taught me. I’d definitely recommend the course to other students, I had an amazing four years studying in Galashiels and can’t think of anywhere better to learn if you’re interested in a career within textiles and retail.’
Hayley explains what life is like in her exciting role.
‘Everyday is different. Working on the Merchandising team, I’m responsible for planning intake in to the business which means dealing with suppliers daily. I’m also responsible for allocating the stock to stores and ensuring the stock gets to the right place at the right time. I love a challenge which is perfect for this job as it is fast paced and often involves thinking on your feet. The job also comes with perks such as sample sales and discounts which means my wardrobe is never empty.’
And lastly, Hayley offers advice to students.
‘I was lucky and knew that a career in Merchandising was what I wanted to pursue but you still have to be prepared to put the extra work in, to stand out when it comes to graduate recruitment. Anything you can do to help get your foot in the door now; work experience, volunteering, personal projects is a huge help when it comes to interviews after graduating.’