“So I Could…” | Miguel Feliz

Sneaker Essentials graduate Miguel Feliz gives his take on the course in his Testimonial video featured above. Press play to watch what he had to say!

Name: Miguel Feliz
Course: Sneaker Essentials
IG Handle: @spidermigz

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials so I could..
continue to learn more about the industry I plan to pursue a profession in, regardless of whether my plan is successful or not.

Where are you working now?
Right now, I am a Seasonal Athlete at the Nike House of Innovation on 5th Avenue. Previously I had an unpaid internship at Staple Pigeon.

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?
There wasn’t any rock that was left unturned really. The course covered everything that needed to be covered in the process of coming out with product, at least to my understanding. I learned about crucial aspects when it comes to the actual manufacturing of a sneaker, the history of footwear, and how to market a product alike. I came into the course knowing I love sneakers, but now because of the course,I now know that I love to tell stories and I want to use sneakers as the medium in which I tell those stories from a marketing perspective.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?
The sneaker design project was really fascinating and nerve racking at first. I was afraid to tackle the challenge at first but eventually I came up with a great story to tell which was reflected on the design. Throughout the course of completing the assignment, I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator and found a new hobby in making sneaker templates to create custom colorways in my free time.

How did the partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?
It played a big role. I actually wanted to attend FIT so to be involved with the school and sneakers alike is a good look for me.

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?
It played a role in my interview process for Nike. It helped bolster my resume and show that I was really serious about getting involved in the industry one way or another.

What would you say to a friend or fellow sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?
If you really love sneakers as much as you say you do or want to learn something new, this course is for you. No question about it.

“So I Could…” | Noelle Nelson Guerrero

Name: Noelle Nelson Guerrero Course: Fundamentals of Global Sports Management I enrolled in the Fundamentals of Global Sports Management course so I could.. stay on top of my game and goals towards becoming a knowledgeable Sports Industry Professional.   How did the course prepare you for working in the sports industry? I have acquired great knowledge and feel much more confident in pursuing work and career in sports.   How did the partnership with NYU for Fundamentals of Global Sports Management affect your choice to take the program? The fact that it was offered by NYU was a definite reason for choosing this program because of the access to the faculty, the reputation, and the well established Sports programs it represents. I was happy to be able to attend NYU courses through a well programmed platform residing in another state of California.   What is your biggest takeaway from this program? The program was impressive and informative. I especially appreciate how up to date and current the material is and the visual media incorporated was done very well. I am very appreciative that I was able to enroll in this program with the offer to apply for a partial scholarship to help with the costs. I learned a lot about the history and future of sports and was challenged with the course questions and marketing project which I found to be a great way to apply the material. It was the right amount of required assignments and I didn’t feel too overwhelmed. I’ve acquired and retained good useful information. I like that you can study at your own pace and time to complete the certificate. Such a Great! program for anyone interested in the Sports Industry.   What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable? Vince Gennaro lectures and insight about Blockchain in sports. I appreciated the history timeline presentation and courses Media Marketing, Data Analytics and Global Ecosystem both instructors were awesome.   What would you say to a friend about Fundamentals of Global Sports Management? If you are interested in learning about all aspects of the sports industry presented in a relevant, useful well developed presentation of curriculum and delivered by sports industry veterans, true sports professionals and educators this is the course to take, you will enjoy the content and won’t regret the decision to enroll. You will obtain a well earned NYU Certificate to add to your education accomplishments.

“So I Could…” | Harrison Davis

Name: Harrison Davis
Course: Sneaker Essentials
Instagram: @sneakerscoffeechampagne

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials so I could..

gain a more global perspective on the industry that I’m so passionate about.

Where are you working now?

Stadium Goods

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

Sneaker Essentials helped me decide what part of the industry I was most interested in pursuing the rest of my career in. Having owned a tier one independent sneaker boutique for 6 years, most of my vantage point comes from that angle of the industry. As I transitioned from Baltimore to NYC, Sneaker Essentials helped me to narrow down my specific interests within a much wider industry and endless opportunities in NYC. Ultimately I landed at Private Client Services at Stadium Goods. Being introduced to a more in-depth look in to the SG brand, and mission, during the Sneakers Essential course definitely impacted my decision to apply to positions at Stadium Goods.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials to get a broader perspective of the industry, end-to-end. My primary experiences had been as a collector and owner in the independent space. To grow my career and be able to compete in the NYC market I wanted to grow my knowledge of design, supply channels, big box, mass marketing, etc.

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?

The course gave me great perspective into the mass amount of different avenues you can take within the sneaker industry. From design, to supply chain, processing, management, buying, customer service; I really feel like the course gave a great overview of the industry as a whole.

How did the partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

Just like FIT legitimizes the knowledge being shared, the partnership with Complex legitimizes that the people sharing the knowledge are significant in sneaker culture, beyond just knowledge.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?

Sue from Rime really stuck out in my mind. Her authentic story about creating a boutique in the early 2000’s, to her first collab with Puma, to the struggles of being independent really resonated with me, and gave great perspective around that era of the industry.

What would you say to a friend or fellow Sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?

I would tell friends that are both interested in getting into the industry, or who have been in the industry for a while, that the course is a great high level framework of the industry at large. For those looking to get into the industry, this gives invaluable insight into many of the heavy hitting brands and stores. For those who have been in the industry for a while, this allows you to look back at the industry from the outside in as you prepare to make your next moves or rethink old logic.

“So I Could…” | Michael Franz

Name: Michael Franz
Course: Sneaker Essentials
Instagram: @welcomemyfranz

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials so I could..

pivot my career path to sneakers through the added skills this course provided.

Where are you working now?

American Honda Motor Co. as a District Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

I used the downtime of the past 3 months pandemic to buy an ipad and apple pencil and learn to design mockups in Procreate, some paid opportunities have already come through the pipe, my final assignment being an example of that.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

Because I love all things sneakers and wanted to become a student of my passion!

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?

It taught me the top down view of what the industry looks like and what the different roles entail. I was able to see where sneakers began and where they are going in all facets as well and that was important to being a well rounded student of the industry.

How did the partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

Brought validity to the curriculum for me.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?

That there is a vast amount of jobs and roles that you could fit in within the sneaker world, you just need to carve out your place in it by honing in on which part you love most.

What would you say to a friend or fellow Sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?

I would highly recommend taking the course and putting the time in to soak up every lesson.

“So I Could…” | Abigail Killam

Name: Abigail Killam
Course: Sneaker Essentials
Instagram: @ajkillam1202

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials so I could..

enhance my knowledge of the sneaker industry and strengthen my resume to land a job in the fashion retail industry.

Where are you working now?

Everbridge.

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

It has been a strong talking point on interviews.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

I want to get into the fashion retail industry specifically footwear and this course just seemed like it would help me on that career path.

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?

I find that this course gave me great knowledge and boosted my confidence in sneaker knowledge.

How did the partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

It heavily affected my choice as the Fashion Institute of Technology has a reputation for being one of the best schools in the world for fashion and if I was going to take a class it might as well be from the best.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?

The creative skills I have built for myself in the assignments I had such as creating the mood board to designing sneakers, and creating an unboxing video.

What would you say to a friend or fellow Sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?

I would highly recommend enrolling if you want to do a deep dive into every aspect of the sneaker industry.

Jasmine O’Conner Talks Sneakers, Coursework and Following Her Passion

Name: Jasmine O’Conner
Course: Sneaker Essentials
Instagram: @jasmine_oconner

I enrolled in Sneaker Essentials so I could..

Follow my passion and dream of working in the sneaker industry.

Where are you working now?

Cummins Inc.

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

Not yet.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

I knew this course was right for me when I enrolled because I had just started a new chapter in my life and was ready to go after my sneaker passion.

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?

I have way more knowledge about the sneaker industry than I did 12 months ago.

How did the partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

It highly affected my decision. I’m always looking for things that are real and have credibility

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?

I loved learning about the design process and the thought that goes into it. It was very helpful to see the inside of the factories as well.

What would you say to a friend or fellow Sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?

Taking Sneaker Essentials was a very humbling experience and I would recommend the course.

Brittney Perry Gives Us The Sneaker Essentials Scoop for #SoICould

Name: Brittney Perry
Course: Sneaker Essentials
Instagram: @perrycoshoes
Website: https://perrycoshoes.com/

Where are you working now?

I’m working on releasing 2 fall color-ways of my shoe and creating a new silhouette to release in 2021.

Has your experience in Sneaker Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

It got me back in the groove of graphic design and some of the basics or brainstorming ideas such as mood-boards.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

I wanted to have a better understanding of the history of sneakers and how they are made.

How did the course prepare you for working in the sneaker industry?

Taking the course would allow me to speak more intelligently about sneakers. Knowing the history and technical terms would definitely help anyone stand out to a potential sneaker employer.

How did the partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology for Sneaker Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

Complex gave the sneaker program more credibility. Seeing that I could potentially have opportunities to be featured by Complex and work with others in that space was encouraging.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?

Learning the ins and out of how a sneaker is made as well as the parts of the shoe was really beneficial. Even though I have a sneaker brand now, the program helped me gain a greater understanding of sneakers. This can help me communicate my ideas clearly to my manufacturer.

What would you say to a friend or fellow Sneakerhead about Sneaker Essentials?

If you want to have a career in the footwear industry, I would highly suggest enrolling in Sneaker Essentials. You will learn the ins and outs of the industry. Not only about sneakers, but also marketing, design, and videography in the sneaker field.

Elena Railean Discusses Why She Chose Hospitality and Tourism | #SoICould

Name: Elena Railean

Course: Hospitality & Tourism Industry Essentials

Instagram: @helenrai

I enrolled in Hospitality & Tourism Industry Essentials so I could…

Improve my knowledge in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, to drive excellence and 5-star service.

Where are you working now?

Corporate Trainer in Customer Service for Airbnb Project, Lisbon.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

I’ve always had an interest in the Travel and Tourism Industry. I wanted to have an up-skill in this field. Life is a constant learning and improvement experience.

How did the course prepare you for working in the hospitality industry?

It made me aware that it is not only about hotels and restaurants, but it is an entirely new world to be prepared for in order to achieve an outstanding service experience.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?

Event planning – How to use the space that has no purpose at this point for different business conferences and events, at a reduced price.

What would you say to a friend about Hospitality & Tourism Industry Essentials?

If you are currently stuck and not sure where to take the step-up from, this course is a great source of inspiration.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?

I never expected to be so fond of Sales and Entrepreneurship. Enjoyed the class, and how interesting and easy it is integrating.

“So I Could…” | Skye Monroe

Name: Skye Monroe Course: Fashion Industry Essentials 

Instagram: @skye.monroe

I enrolled in Fashion Industry Essentials so I could…

I enrolled in this program so I could gain a better understanding of the fashion industry and the day-to-day process of getting an idea turned into a product.

Where are you working now?

I am currently Self-Employed.

Has your experience in Fashion Industry Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?

Yes, I will be attending Parsons School of Design in Fall 2021.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?

The course taught me the steps to advance towards a career in the fashion industry.

How did the course prepare you for working in the fashion industry?

It taught me all about fashion verbiage, skills, mock-ups, and portfolio content.

How did the partnership with Parsons for Fashion Industry Essentials affect your choice to take the program?

After taking the Fashion Industry Essentials course, I committed to attending Parsons in the Fall.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?

Production Cost course shed light on the business aspect of the fashion industry

What would you say to a friend about Fashion Industry Essentials?

I really enjoyed the program and would recommend it if you are looking into Parsons.

Kenecia Lashae Discusses Why She Chose Beauty Industry Essentials | #SoICould

(press play above to hear Kenecia’s course testimonial)

Name: Kenecia Lashae Course: Beauty Industry Essentials

Instagram: @passport2pretty

I enrolled in Beauty Industry Essentials so I could…

I enrolled in this program so I could gain a better understanding of the fashion industry and the day-to-day process of getting an idea turned into a product.

Where are you working now?
I am working on creating a conscious body care line.

Has your experience in Beauty Industry Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?
Beauty Industry Essentials has not yet affected my career but I’m sure in time it will have a positive effect.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?
I thought the course was right for me because I took two years off from the industry and wanted to polish up with the course.

How did the course prepare you for working in the beauty industry?
The course was a refresher for me in many ways. I think it will show potential clients my dedication to continued education.

How did the partnership with Allure for Beauty Industry Essentials affect your choice to take the program?
The partnership with Allure was a major appeal to me because they are a staple in all things beauty.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?
The course that stuck out to me the most was beauty writing is hard, because it is. I like the instructors’ analogy of writing 500 words on mascara versus a crisis overseas.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?
That I was actually very interested in the branding side of the course and could see myself exploring an additional service.

What would you say to a friend about Beauty Industry Essentials?
I would tell a friend that Beauty Industry Essentials is a great refresher course that can help you explore different avenues of the beauty industry.