You Will Get an Amazing Sense of Pride when People will Appreciate your Design – says Fashion Designer, Pooja Grover

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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Pooja Grover
Profession – Fashion Designing
Designation – Fashion Designer, CEO
Organisation – Viviana by Pooja Grover
Age – 46
CityDelhi
Work Experience (Years) – 5
Professional Qualification – Diploma in Fashion Designing from South Delhi Polytechnic

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I recently started my professional career. I was a housewife until five years ago. Solely on the basis of my diploma, I entered the field of fashion designing as an independent designer. Slowly, as I built my brand, I hired a few people to work under me. I hail from a reserved family, so it was difficult to start out. However, as I gradually started earning and making a name for myself, my self-respect grew and even my family, friends and others around me began giving me respect, and this encouraged me. I started from making bags and stationery, and now I make clothes, bags and kids’ stationery. It has been a long and fruitful journey.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

I design and make clothes, bags, and kids stationery. This also involves dealing with vendors and manufacturers to get samples, and then procure the final products. Apart from the designing aspect, I am also involved in pedalling my products in the Chinese trade market. A huge chunk of my responsibilities is and putting up stalls in exhibitions. I design and set up stalls at exhibitions, and these exhibitions serve as my primary point of contact with other exhibition organizers, manufacturers and other people in the industry. Another important task I do is to constantly expand my social media presence, which is currently limited to Facebook and Instagram.


Average Income for a Fashion Designer in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
5 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work require you to travel?
Rarely
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Never
How would you consider the job security for a Fashion Designer?
Insecure
Would you consider being a Fashion Designer Risky?
Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance as a Fashion Designer ?
2 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability for a Fashion Designer?
3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
What are the different ways of entering as a Fashion Designer?

There are no specific degree requirements. One simply should have the aptitude for designing products for the consumer base.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Ok
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success of this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Education is not necessary but it is advisable.
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Expensive

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
2 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organised and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

There should be a desire to innovate, and yet the innovation and creativity should be grounded in pragmatism

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

In this profession, one gets to do the thing they’re passionate about – make innovate and pretty products. The sense of pride when people appreciate your designs and use your products is unparalleled. You can pace your year as you would like to – you can be your own boss in deciding when and how many products to design in a year, and how many exhibitions to attend. Networking, although a daunting task, can be very easy and certainly helpful as the community is very warm and the interactions are always healthy.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?

Whenever you’re in the grind, things can get very hectic and stressful. You end up working long hours and late nights. Family time can get severely affected as a result of this. My schedule gets very busy because designing can be a very time-consuming affair, and then once the design phase is over, it’s time to visit as many exhibitions as possible to get maximum exposure. Also, profit and loss are extremely unpredictable in this line of work. In a way, this profession is also seasonal. Most consumers buy only during major festivals like Holi, Diwali etc.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Difficult

Getting recognition, building contacts, getting good manufacturers

How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Difficult
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I think I will stick to my current profession