As my first semester as a masters student rapidly comes to a close, I’ve been asked to write a reflective piece on my ‘future study plans, some of the things I’ve learned so far, and to reflect on setting goals for next year and beyond’.
Honestly thinking back on the last 12 weeks it seems to me that my thoughts more taken up with going back to being a student – something I haven’t done for 20 years – than how the classes I took would impact on my future goals next year and into the future.
While I feel that I have garnered the odd useful fact here and there, I actually think my learning has been less about the class subject matter, and more about how to navigate a non-Asian work environment and how to go from being the boss in charge of everything, to just another student.
It has been remarkably difficult to learn to just let go. I need to stop expecting 300 emails in my inbox everyday, I no longer have to stay up until 2am to get content published before everyone else, I don’t have to do a shoot on the weekend, I don’t have to attend four events in a single evening …
Actually, that last one is something I’m surprised to find I miss. Mainly because I’m not media anymore – no more freebies! And I really miss the friends I made over the last 10 years in Singapore.
I especially miss working with all the talented people of the Singapore fashion world … Kenny, Andrew, Carrie, Addie, Randolph, Sha, Diya, Bryan, Jasmine S, Nametha, Meiyu, Jasper, Darissa, Deb … I could go on and on but then some people will be missed out and get very cranky!
I am learning to be more patient with my expectations not only for the subject content I so desperately want to learn ‘right now’ but also to take into account that not everyone has done the things I’ve done, can do the things I can do without a second thought, and that other people might not think exactly the same way I do.
My friends, former colleagues and staff will be rolling around laughing at the thought that I am even thinking about trying to be more patient. And I admit, I am only attempting to be more patient. I haven’t got anywhere near there yet.
As for next semester, next year and beyond …
I’m strongly hoping that as the course moves out of foundation subjects and into more specialised and targeted information I will find my brain taken up with a whole range of new and difficult things to think about.
I am still planning on heading back to Singapore to take over Lasalle’s Fashion Media course – as long as Circe will have me!
And more and more I’m thinking about the importance of fashion brands having access to professional media, marketing, and brand-building skills. Will I create something like Fashion East? Or will I work more on developing professional courses for graduate designers who have gone straight into business? Maybe I’ll set myself up as a consultant.
After all, everyone knows I’ve always got something to say about everything … And that I’m always right. 🙂