When I started college had many ideas of what I wanted to do with my life but they changed over and over again. I originally started as a psychology major but halfway through my sophomore year changed over to business and was considering marketing. I then decided to keep psychology as a major and business as well and see what I could do with both. My psychology has helped me so much in life and business.
In my senior year I went to a job fair and found a major retailer there who was looking for assistant buyers. I decided why not and loved fashion. I signed an application, interviewed and found out a few days later I had the job. I finished college and went to work one week later. I knew about fashion but had a lot to learn about the buying world of it. As time went on I learned how to know what a good men’s dress shirt was. I would feel the material and know what it was made of and if we could sell it and for how much. There were oxford button down shirts, pima cotton, polyester blend and more. Then there were polos, Henley tees and casual ones. The dress pants were pleated and nonpleated, wool blend and on. I never thought there was so much to know about ties and how nice the silk ties were. The money was fantastic and the job was amazing. I worked in men’s clothing, got a generous discount to wear their clothes and learned about the fashion field. I used my psychology to purchase clothing for this company figuring out the mind of those buying them. I went to fashion shows, dealt with garment vendors, bargained with them. I was lucky enough to have a boss who wanted me to learn everything, happily married and became a good friend as well. One memory I have was having lunch in New York with him and him throwing his tie over his shoulder so he would not get any stains on it as it was an expensive silk tie and just laughed at him. I stayed with this job for 15 years moving to a full buyer position and reaping the rewards. I became a woman’s dress buyer and that was another challenge. I loved wearing dresses and buying them was a blast. Following the trends, thinking like the age that would buy them was the key and I became very successful at it. Buying for this company involved travel to fashion shows, meeting designers, and using my business knowledge I never thought I would use my business degree this way but have never regretted this. Fashion is a tough paced world, many salaried hours but very rewarding as well.
Interestingly I am now pursuing my graduate degree in psychology to practice working with young children especially focusing on grief. Mine have suffered through grief and feel there is a need out there. The double major in college was exhausting for me but has left me with many options and glad of it. I will finish my graduate degree and now practice psychology and how many can say after pursuing a double major in college that they have used each major in real life. Being happy and successful is difficult but possible.