So the question we get asked most often as students in this luxury programme is, “Where are you going to go after you graduate?”
Nobody actually knows the answer but for me this is a bittersweet question. I want to get experience in this field, but I cannot go home. There is no luxury market in Trinidad. Plain talk.
I am open to a lot of places but the beauty of studying various luxury markets IN various luxury markets is that you learn pretty quickly where you’re interested in and where you’re not. For example, I think Shanghai is a completely liveable and extremely enjoyable city but I could not make my life here. It is too far from everything I love. Now don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity was extremely attractive I could spend one, maybe two years here. But that is the maximum. I mean. Where would I buy my shoes?
So basically, through research and readings from school etc., I have been getting more and more excited about the Latin American luxury market. I mean I love New York, but who in the fashion/ beauty/ luxury field doesn’t want to work in New York. The competition is intense and obviously will be skewed in the favour of someone who doesn’t have to be sponsored to live there (read: not me).
So I have been researching Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, (and by extension Miami, urgh vom) and other Latin American territories for large luxury brands. And for sommmeee that also means…Barbados!! I mean these places are all just a hop, skip and a jump away from home and there is nothing more attractive to me than that.
But of course. There is the whole language issue.
I stopped studying Spanish at CXC level. I continued with French which I always just liked better. But all of a sudden a light bulb went on in my head and I realized that in order to be marketable in today’s globalized world, monolingual ain’t gonna cut it. The other thing that has made that click is being in China with people from these international programmes. I am the ONLY native English speaker in my programme and thus, I am the only person in my programme who speaks only one language. There is my roommate, Sarah, who speaks Arabic, Mandarin and English (probably one of the best language mixes for luxury EVER lol), and all the Europeans I have met speak upwards of three languages.
And I chilling over here with my English. No no no no no.
So by nefarious methods I procured a copy of Rosetta Stone and quickly loaded up Spanish, French, Mandarin and Portuguese. I’ve been working nonstop on the Spanish for about 10 days supplementing my Rosetta Stone tutorials with reading Spanish language articles online pretty much daily. My roommates are always laughing at me cause they hear me doing my pronunciation exercises in my bedroom (my girl Rosetta is hard of hearing sometimes so often I have to yell at the laptop and repeat things a million times “UNA BICICLETA!! QUE ES ESTO? QUE ES ESTO? QUE ES ESTO?”)
Just like in high school, my reading and comprehending skills are strong, my speaking and listening needs work, so I’m working HARD. I make sure to read articles on topics I that are interesting (such as Miedo al sexo? Un articulo sobre los temores sexuales como nudophobia, el miedo a la desnudez. Lol I now know how to say G spot and missionary position in Spanish too!).
Pretty much I need my skills in a couple languages to be strong enough by July that I can put it on a resume, cause I not trying to be out here wasting mih Daddy money. Any tips, tricks or hints on how to get fluent FAST?