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Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Svorinich, Class of 2016

How did LIM College help prepare you for your career?

At LIM, we were encouraged to intern almost every semester, so that is what I did. On top of that, I held down a job, while also keeping my grades up. Multi-tasking was a big factor in succeeding at LIM, which translates to the job I have today, which is Assistant Buyer for Burlington Stores.

What career accomplishment are you most proud of so far?

Although there is a training program at my job, I had a unique situation where I had to train while simultaneously performing the actual job. What I first thought was a disadvantage turned out to be a good thing. I basically jumped into my role with two feet and had to learn a lot on my own. Looking back on where I started and seeing where I am today gives me validation that I worked hard because I’ve made so much progress during my first year.

If you could go back in time and give career advice to yourself, what would you say?

Going into your first job is scary. I thought I was going to learn everything so quickly and pick things up right away, but that definitely was not the case. It takes time to learn your role and to master it, so slow down and enjoy the journey.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the fashion business? 

The first piece of advice I would give is to be yourself. Throughout my internships and now in my job, I’ve found you can get lost in the workload and trying to prove yourself. Your first job is going to be hard, but being true to yourself and not changing who you are makes it much easier. Secondly, this industry is fast-paced and always changing, so you have to be able to multi-task and adapt to any situation. You never know what the day will bring, which is always exciting!