- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- the ability to use your initiative
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- thinking and reasoning skills
- active listening skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- working to design instructions
- analysing or predicting trends in fabrics, colours and shapes
- producing concept and mood boards (a collection of items to capture a mood, like photos, fabric pieces or colour samples)
- producing designs by hand or by using computer-aided design (CAD)
- developing basic shapes ('blocks') through patterns
- estimating costs for materials and manufacture
- finding suppliers
- supervising the making up of sample clothing items
- making in-house presentations, for example to finance departments and merchandisers
You could work in a workshop or in a creative studio.
With experience you could progress to senior designer, head of a department (like head of women's wear design) or design director.
You could also go freelance or start your own company.