April 10, 2008 - "I graduated from AIU London's Fashion Marketing programme in June 2005 and moved back to my home country, Belgium. Through my senior thesis which provided a historical, sociological and anthropological analysis of Belgian fashion and its marketing strategies, I started an internship in the commercial team of a Belgian avant-garde designer in Antwerp, after which I was hired as a commercial assistant. A few weeks later, I was picked up by another Belgian avant-garde designer, and I became his head of production. I made sure his collection was produced correctly and on time, and supervised deliveries to our client, who were mainly Japanese. Next to this, I regularly delivered guest lectures.
Currently I am currently working as the area visual merchandiser for New Look Belgium. We are in the process of setting up the visual merchandising department at New Look's divisions on the continent, i.e. France (8 branches) and Belgium (5 branches). The company is in rapid expansion, so it is terribly exciting to be a part of that. I manage with the store visual merchandisers, and report to the regional business manager in Belgium and the visual identity manager in Paris.
At New Look, I was told that they consider my education to be an asset to their business.
I would not have been able to make such swift progression my career were it not for the freedom I enjoyed at AIU to pursue my own ideas and develop them to the fullest. It's amazing to see how quickly things can grow, if you really have a passion for something."