Graziela Sousa

Alumni Talks @FAUL

Nov
02

We started to implement the Alumni Talks at FAULisboa, in the fields of Design: Fashion, Communication and Product Design.

The scheme is as follows: each month we have a talk at lunch time with an alumni which comes and speaks about its career, discusses the challenges of the workplace and also explains the way he/she chose to pursue studies, courses, post-grads etc.

We already had the opportunity to host 3 talks in the field of Fashion:

  • December 2017 – with Filipa Homem, who graduated more than 15 years ago, worked with Alexander MacQueen, H&M, TopShop, Knot among many other international brands;

  • May 2018 – Daniela Pais – a sustainable designer and trend researcher, who pursued studies in the Nederlands after graduating from FAUL and has since built her own sustainable brand Elementum, while collaborating with Li Edelkoort’s trend office ‘Trend Union’;

  • October 2019 – this time, we decided to try something a bit different and tried a different orientation, having topics or themes for each talk, having the chance to gather more than 1 alumni for each one – so we tried for the first time at October 26th. The theme was Fashion Communication and we invited a fashion journalist, Margarida Brito Paes (editor of Delas.pt – the Diário de Noticias online fashion magazine) and Maria Rita (a fashion photographer who has been working for the last 8 years with several brands, stores and magazines).

The format is still evolving, but this was an approximation to a better format – specially because we aim to show our students what a graduate can do after leaving the university as well as the different courses that a career in fashion can take.
It is very important to show them that they can do several things other then designing clothes, because the fashion industry demands much more than that, and can offer several other jobs and opportunities.
It is also important to underline that these alumni can help to uncover the ‘unknown’ gap from leaving the uni to finding a job one loves and one can excel and make a proper living at.
The room was full and the attendees made several questions, so we’ll do one more in the next semester and then reflect about the growth and evolution of the initiative.

Sei Fazer

Jun
27

Along this big life change and journey I’ve had the privilege to get to meet great and interesting people who became sources of support and inspiration.

One of them is Joana, who taught me so much and contributed heavily in several aspects of my way of thinking, behaving and actually facing the world and the things I know about.

Through sharing books, situations, articles and glasses of wine, of course, we realized we could actually do something about empowering other women.

Joana decided to start with the ones close to her: gathering a few friends in a Facebook group called ‘Sei Fazer’ (which can be translated into ‘Know how to’), where we can ask about things we need to know about but have no formal way of learning, like changing a tire, or using a drill. I followed her and gathered more friends and now we feel we can do whatever we please because there was a big echo among other women – the best trickle down effect EVER <3

 

We already change tires without calling the insurance company and have a knitting circle being organized, we are considering knitting on the beach, dunno how that will turn out 😀

go do

Oct
26

It’s not that common to get this inspired by the daily thought by Seth Godin on my email. So here’s what shook me today:

First, interact

The best way to tell if your speech is going to go well is to give your speech.
The best way to find out if your new product has market appeal is to try to sell it.
The best way to become a teacher is to teach.
There’s a huge need for study, refinement and revision. No question about it.
None of it means anything, though, if you are hiding from the market.
There used to be a dangerous myth: the genius in an attic, who arrives one day, fully formed, with a grant, a Pulitzer and a string of accolades, out of nowhere.
Great work doesn’t come out of nowhere. It comes out of interactions with the people you seek to change.

Creating something to help students and upcoming fashion designers has been my drive for more than two years, and I’ve said many times ‘I need to be prepared’, or ‘I’m building my model, I’ll apply it later’. Truth be told – I just need to f&€king start something, devote myself and make it grow.

I watched this keynote speaker sometime ago (professor Paul Hannon) saying that if one wants to teach and promote entrepreneurship one has, first of all, to have an entrepreneurial behavior – so here’s me, just leaning in!
I just started a Facebook group in which I’ll be sharing a few important matters and opportunities with students, upcoming designers and professionals, hoping I can ignite the innovative and entrepreneurial spark, while fostering information sharing and collaboration. It’ll work as a complement to the blog’s activity and will be more focused on sharing interesting articles, useful links, resources, job opportunities and contests.

Let’s see how it goes/grows.