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Time to Step it Up
As they get closer to graduation, one of the greatest changes our students are about to experience is abandoning their shorts, t-shirts and yoga pants, as they begin to dress for success in their new roles, or as my older daughter stated, for adulting. Dressing for success can be daunting in different ways, but the one that stands out most may very well be its cost.
Starting with the career and internship fairs students are attending, students need to look professional. For the young men, this may mean a suit and tie and for the young women, while they have more options, it may mean a suit, pantsuit, skirt, and blouse, or dress. That’s not to mention shoes. For students who may not have the means to go and purchase a new outfit, UCF has The Knight’s Pantry, a lending service where students can rent blazers for five business days. It is open to all UCF students with a valid Student ID Card. Students also can pick out to keep five donated business attire items and enough donated casual attire items to meet their needs. It is a donation-driven service so not all sizes and types of items may be available. They can also check out Plato’s Closet (Waterford and Oviedo) and Style Encore in Waterford. Both of these places, especially Style Encore will have business attire for much less than a normal retailer.
Success is in Your First Impression
Students need to research the companies they will be interviewing with and eventually working for. Some companies are very conservative in their dress policies and require business attire, while others are more business casual. Trends change, but the basics still require that their look should be polished. Most department stores will have suit(able) options.
As they begin to upgrade their success wardrobe, they will be happy to know that student discounts are everywhere for the asking. Students can sign up online and download the app for Student Beans which will give them discounts for food & drink, fashion, tech and mobile, health & beauty, travel, study, and more. Check out our blog Student Discounts- Money Saving Resources. A similar student discount app is Unidays.
Finally, check out the Thrift Stores/Secondhand stores. From dresses to skirts, blouses, and even jewelry, this is another affordable way to find suitable outfits for interviewing.
Welcome to adulting.
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