Still in search of the perfect gift or maybe feel that it’s time to give yourself something good this season? Well, we wholeheartedly believe in self-gifting and, if one of your goals for 2012 is to truly focus on your business, or learn more about a specific fashion topic you may not be familiar with, then the Hot Topics gift cards from FIT, may just need to go on your gift list. In the spirit of motivational posts, especially with the new year upon us, here are a couple of reasons, you may want to grab yourself one:
Continuing education: You’ve probably said to yourself, I’m going to take a class to learn more about x, or I need to learn more about y, and wonder if there’s a class for it. In our previous post, we mentioned all of the wonderful programs that F.I.T offers for people that are new to the fashion industry. I believe that continually educating yourself is the smartest thing a designer and entrepreneur can do to stay relevant and smart.
Budget: One big benefit to the continuing education program is that it won’t break the bank and will fit in to all types of budgets. Gift cards can be purchased in several denominations and start at $60 and go up to $300. They can be used to pay for one or two classes or even an entire program.
Time commitment: Perhaps you’re hectic the first part of the year or your day job may not allow you to commit in advance. Well, some Hot Topics courses last just one day or even a couple of weeks. Gift cards are also available for use during the winter, spring summer and fall semesters.
A variety of topics: Hot Topics cover a wide range of course from business, marketing, technology and trade courses. Some of our picks include:
- Creative Enterprise Ownership: The CEO courses are in-depth four-session classes that have specific areas of focus for those that want to get at the nuts and bolts of a topic. Sessions include topics such as Setting A Course for Your Business, Legal Basics for Business Start-Ups and Building Your Business Brand.
- Tools of the Trade Courses: A series of classes that can be taken alone at $35 or purchased together. They are specific to your needs as a designer with topics that include: Assessing Your Market, Sales Marketing and Public Relations and What Tradeshows do I Participate In? along with several others.
- Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs: This four-session course focuses on product development and design while also showing students how to make a line “beautiful, commercial and sustainable.”
- Knitting, Sewing and Alterations: These multi-session courses will provide you with a good understanding of the trade in each area of expertise. Session topics include: Learn to Sew like a Pro,Hand Sewing, Mending and Alteration Essentials and Knitting for Novices.
Whatever your niche or area of specialization, these programs cater to your needs, schedule and budget. We love them because they are affordable and taught by professionals working in the industry that can give you new perspective business.