A well-designed career starts at Kangan Institute

Date:31-10-2011

A well-designed career starts at Kangan Institute

A creative career in retail was what Melissa Bourne visualised when she enrolled in the Diploma of Visual Merchandising at Kangan Institute. Her dream became a reality soon after she graduated in 2010. From starting out as a visual merchandiser at MYER Chadstone, she recently moved on to a new position at Factorie as a field visual merchandiser for Victoria and her responsibilities include planning and designing store displays at outlets across the state. Melissa, who lives in East Melbourne, decided to undertake the diploma course at Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion in Richmond to gain practical skills through real-world training. "I've always been a practical and hands-on creative person and visual merchandising is the perfect way to express that," she said. "The amount of time dedicated to work experience in Kangan Institute's diploma course really appealed to me as I knew that it'd help me get a job at the end of the course." As part of Kangan Institute's partnership with MYER, Melissa completed work placements across numerous MYER stores and worked with six other students on a window display project at the Southland branch. "I really enjoyed the experience as I like designing a concept and then sourcing the props for it and seeing it all come together at the end," she said. "Kangan Institute taught me how to create something out of nothing and the partnership with MYER was a great stepping stone for my current job at Factorie." Melissa's passion and drive extended beyond the course - she also worked on a window display for a vintage store on High Street and maintained a spring racing hat display at The Langham Melbourne Hotel. Melissa's future goals include working overseas and exploring new opportunities within visual merchandising and related fields. "Until I studied visual merchandising, I didn't realise how many avenues you can go down," she said. "The course has gotten me really interested in store design as well so that too is a future possibility." Kangan Institute will be following Melissa's career with great interest, as we're sure her skills and talent will bring about more successes and achievements. Kangan Institute's Diploma of Visual Merchandising offers students a creative mix of classroom learning and practical experience through partnerships with major retail partners including MYER and Dimmeys. Melissa was part of the course's first batch of graduates.