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Anyone can go to school, but education is only part of the equation: to get that first job, you'll also need real world experience. But what exactly is it, and how do you get it?

Real world experience is knowledge and training you can't usually get from a book. Let's say you're a guitarist in a rock band. You may be extremely talented, and you may practice five hours a day. Does that mean you're ready to play in Madison Square Garden?

You can probably guess that the answer is no. There are many things you can only learn through going out and doing them. A musician that plays in small clubs will find that his guitar sounds totally different in a large arena. And what about agents, and recording contracts, and sticking to a budget? As you can see, it's a little more complicated than just walking out on stage.

The sewn goods industry is the same way. You may be a great artist, and you may have a great eye for the latest styles, but there are hundreds of other things you still have to learn, from how to choose the best fabric to getting along with your co-workers.

So how do you get real world experience?

 

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