Rio Marie Pringle – TICE Fashion:
My name is Rio Pringle; I’m a 17-year-old student currently studying Fashion Retail and Enterprise at Newcastle College and have hopes of continuing to Northumbria University to study Fashion Communication.
From a young age, Fashion has always been an interest of mine but like all young children, I was completely unaware of the variety of job roles and opportunities out there. The moment I heard about TICE, I immediately knew it was something I’d love to be involved in because it meant I was able to gain more of an understanding into the industry whilst being surrounded by people who shared my passion.
One of the things that stood out the most from my experience was the mentors, each and every one of them are experts in their field and their support throughout the stages helped me to gain and improve on my skills. Another is the feeling of pride seeing my work showcased at the final show, knowing that it was something I had worked hard on and it was an amazing feeling to see my efforts appreciated. The final show is an experience in itself as in one space, there’s so much talent from a variety of creative industries. Finally, the friendships I made with a variety of different people who without TICE, I may never have met.
Since TICE, I’ve found myself to be a lot more confident and career driven. I found that with every stage, I was becoming more enthusiastic and excited to get involved. My leadership and teamwork skills were put to the test throughout which helped me build upon them as well as giving me the confidence to speak up and voice any opinions I had.
TICE has helped me massively with my career choice as I was given the opportunity to explore lots of aspects within the Fashion industry, learning that designing, buying and selling isn’t all there is to it. I was able to get first hand experience from different visits throughout each stage and this meant I could decide for myself which area I found most interesting and wanted to explore further.
Without Burnside Business & Enterprise College being involved in the TICE programme, it’s likely that I never would have pursued Fashion and kept it merely as a hobby because I would never have had the chance to talk to such inspiring people and gained answers to any questions I had on the industry itself.
Following TICE, I found myself mentioning it at every opportunity I could. It particularly helped me in interviews for both enrolling onto my course and for part time jobs as I had a lot more confidence than before. I was given the chance to complete work experience with TICE as a Young Evaluator where I contacted past students to get feedback on their own TICE experience.
My one piece of advice to anyone who is considering TICE is to go for it. Even if you feel like the creative industries aren’t something you’re completely made up on, by taking part and having that opportunity to explore further, you might end up finding something you want to pursue. Working closely with professional’s means you are able to get any answers to questions you may have on how to get to where you want to be.