Fashion Designer Documentary (Behind the Seam)

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ZARA scouts Raffles in search of fresh talent

image001 Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore – Raffles Delhi, Raffles Hong Kong and Raffles Singapore were proud to host giant fashion group Inditex, owner of international fashion-forward brands like ZARA, Pull & Bear,Massimo Dutti and Bershka, during their campus visits. The company came to Raffles campuses in hopes of finding fresh blood for their international internships and their ZARA GO! programme. The latter offers candidates an opportunity to work at the headquarters of Inditex in Galicia, Spain for one year to master the operations of the company. Upon completion of their training, candidates can work in an Asian country of their choice.

The international interviewing panel from Inditex was led by Human Resources Director of ZARA India Ms. Betty Catharine Hygrell, Human Resources Manager Ms. Manvi Burman, Mr. Jose Luis, recruitment team of ZARA China, and Ms Christina Velesco Diez from Human Resources Asia.

With more than 6,200 stores in 86 countries and a consumer base of millions, ZARA’s visit naturally created a
big buzz among Raffles Designers and Entrepreneurs. Soon-to-be graduates saw it as an opportunity to enter
the industry of their dreams that was not to be missed.

Zara’s visit to our college has been an enriching experience, as we got to learn about how the brand and industry works in great detail,” said Garima Singh, a student of Fashion Marketing and Management. “It has been really helpful for me in my area of study, as I now know the different roles and tasks of people in the various job fields in such a brand. We got a chance to interact and learn from them, as well as the chance to submit our CVs to them which is a big oppimage003ortunity for all of us.

Raffles Creative Practitioners were similarly appreciative of the educational experience that their students got.

“These kind of international activities make our students more conscious of how the world of fashion works”, said
Maria Cuadrado, who teaches Fashion Marketing.

“Having the opportunity to access information straight from the horse’s mouth is really valuable. Also, being interviewed by professional recruiters is a great experience for an international school.” Zurina Naicker, a Fashion Design Creative Practitioner, echoed her colleague’s sentiments, praising the team for being “highly experienced,
well prepared and enthusiastic.

Laura, part of the ZARA team, had nothing but compliments for Raffles talents, saying, “All of them come from a very
strong background in fashion and they are also very business-minded, which is something that ZARA is looking for to
join the team.” Laura also revealed her excitement in having long-term collaborations with Raffles to engage more
budding talents.

Raffles thanks Inditex for their visit, and wishes all hopeful candidates the best of luck.

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