Libby Matson decided to study a Diploma of Visual Merchandising while completing a Bachelor of Business, Economics and Finance.
Although it’s not the most conventional pair of degrees, RMIT has been invaluable in making my entrepreneurial aspirations become a reality.
“I wanted to upskill in digital design to be able to bring my ideas and concepts to life in a more professional manner, and to stand out from other finance graduates. I really liked that the visual merchandising course had the digital design element but was also applicable to fashion and photography, which are keen interest areas for me.
“I’ve learnt how to conduct myself as a freelance creative for clients and gained an understanding of industry expectations. I’ve also now got a solid understanding of photography and further developed my studio and construction skills. The most valuable skills I’ve learned are definitely my digital design and post production skills using the Adobe suite programs.
“Although it’s called visual merchandising, there are a variety of other areas you could move into from this course. With my finance degree almost complete, I’d love to move into a corporate role that incorporates design, business and innovation.
“I also recently launched my own online business, Collective Envy, for buying and selling lightly worn designer wares. I’m hoping it will prove to be a successful venture in the near future.
“The skills I’ve learned in my visual merchandising course have been invaluable for helping bring together the design elements of the business, and my finance degree has given me the business sense to make it viable.
“I think it is well worth doing a short, sharp, industry based program like visual merchandising. For me, it has been perfect to increase my skill set and then take this into other career ventures.”