Fashion Merchandise Specialist for Target Corporate Headquarters
Kara Koepplin is working as a fashion merchandise specialist for Target Corporate Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She works directly with the company’s buyers on daily tasks and projects, receives and manages marketing samples, allocates apparel tests in Target stores, and executes and maintains item set up. “Fashion and sales are always evolving and changing so there isn't a typical day in my role, it varies day by day but that's the best part,” she says.
Kara is proud that her drive and determination has helped her to get where she is today. She adds that she looks for creative inspiration in her surroundings—especially from her coworkers. “Having the opportunity to work in such an innovative and creative environment, I find myself inspired by someone or something everyday.” Kara’s position allows her to be part of a product life cycle—managing and monitoring merchandise from beginning to end. “I get to see first hand what the Target customer is gravitating towards and it's rewarding to be able to work with the talented buyers and designers who help [to] bring the merchandise to life.”
Kara, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Retail Management from The Art Institutes International Minnesota, says that her education provided the foundation of the knowledge and passion she needed to feel confident in the fashion industry. “Having many teachers who came from a retail background helped me [to] feel confident in the education I was receiving. [I] knew that by learning from them first hand, I would be set up [to do well].” She recommends that current students network and surround themselves with inspiring people. “Take advantage of volunteering at local fashions shows and don't ever be afraid to ask for informational interviews. People are always willing to talk about how they got to where they are today and most likely will wish the same success for others!”
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