Design Assistant, Lululemon, Vancouver, Canada
Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design
She has always wanted a creative career, says AUT fashion design alumna Aishwarya Angadi.
“I’ve always loved sewing and creating things with my hands as a kid. I wanted to pursue a career in the creative field where I could be hands on with the work I do and be challenged to innovate.”
When it was time to choose a university, AUT stood out for the opportunities it offers students and its reputation for interactive learning, Aishwarya says.
“AUT offers a highly supportive environment that enables students to be innovative and take risks with projects. There are amazing facilities including the Textile and Design Lab, laser cutters and 3D printers that are available to use across all degrees, which encourages collaboration and experimentation.”
Valuable international experience
AUT offers its students many opportunities to develop a global mindset, Aishwarya says.
“One of the highlights of my studies was going on an international student exchange to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I learned so much during my exchange about my profession, my industry and about myself.
“My student exchange was my first time leaving home and travelling by myself, so I grew as a person and met so many wonderful people that have inspired me and broadened my views of the world.”
Her time in Canada, however, wasn’t the only opportunity for Aishwarya to gain international experience.
“Another highlight for me was being awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia, enabling me to work and travel in Hong Kong for a month during my final year at AUT.”
A new start in Vancouver
After graduating at the end of 2018, she is now back in Canada, working at Lululemon in Vancouver. She got a sought-after internship through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme, and was recently offered a role as a design assistant.
“This internship was a great opportunity to further develop my skills, work at a company that is a market leader and make contacts, which is very crucial in the fashion industry. I love that I’m constantly learning new skills and being able to apply my knowledge to problem solve, which I highly enjoy.”
The company culture is incredible, Aishwarya says.
“Lululemon is a people-focused company and encourages us to take an hour off during work to focus on ourselves either through meditation, the gym or any of the classes they run in the in-office yoga studio. There’s a big focus on self-development with workshops that run throughout the week to help with personal or professional goal setting, leadership and many more.
“Because there are over 2,000 employees at our office it’s also great fun meeting people from different backgrounds and hearing about their experiences.”