Owner / FBI College
The fashion industry can often be an intricate web of who knows know, and that’s why you need to know today’s #careerstory, especially if you are interested in a career in the fashion industry.
Selena Mazuran if the Founder of FBI Fashion College, a specialised school focusing on the plethora of businesses in fashion. FBI was founded because of Selena’s foresight when she saw a noticeable gap in specific and relevant training to succeed in a career in the fashion industry.
It takes a certain type of person to break new ground, ground that nobody else will touch. Selena is audacious and relentless. When doors closed, she bashed them down, nothing stopped her in her quest to start FBI.
We are basking in fashion royalty today.
Please meet the incredible Selena Mazuran.
Selena, we are so happy to have you here. Can you start by telling us where you grew up and how your experience shaped the person you are and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in beautiful Broken Hill. That lovely town shaped me in many ways, especially making me very resourceful. I think it was also a combination of my upbringing that taught me to be respectful, thankful and confident. That confidence instilled in me that I could achieve anything. So there was no reason why my own business wouldn’t work if I established strong foundations.
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I went to St Josephs High School in Broken Hill. That was a fun experience. I was probably the student most likely not to succeed, so there is hope for everyone.
Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
No there was no internship opportunities none back then when Adam was a boy! But… I always worked, I was even working when I was at school. Before opening FBI I often had more than one job at a time.
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
I studied Business. I also did numerous Marketing and PR courses. I also completed The David Jones’ Management Program. This was integral in equipping me for success.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
My journey so far has been a roller coaster ride, not the one which makes you feel ill, but the one that is totally exhilarating.
The last 23 years has been Fashion Business Institute, as I started it in 1994. There was just me teaching Fashion Business subjects, Styling, Buying, PR and Marketing….. Not only were we the first to do so, we were also the first to forge the concept of organising Workplace Training in Tertiary Education. Basically all Fashion
Basically, all fashion companies in the beginning said no. I didn’t take no for an answer and continued annoying everyone. When they learned that in fact it could be beneficial The FBI Careers Agency took off.
Highlights are funny times at FBI and proud times at FBI, when students achieve their career goals. When we hit 1500 students placed in paid fashion jobs and establishing our very own Advanced Diploma of Fashion Business are definitely highlights.
How did you get into the job that you are in now?
I saw a market niche, so opened a business that would fill that niche. I started small and didn’t borrow any money.
What is the hardest part of your current job?
There are no hard parts, many challenges, but nothing that is hard.
What does a day a typical business day look like for you in your current job?
That is tricky because every day is different. Generally each day involves liaising with Fashion Companies, staff and students.
Marrying up students with fashion companies, whether it be for internships or a job.
Each day involves assessing our curriculum, its relevance and making sure it’s up to date.
Meetings with staff and teachers are important for risk management. Each day involves chatting with students to make sure they are happy and we are exceeding their expectations.
Lunch is a very important part as there are many interesting options in Glebe now.
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
Lucille Ball. she is so funny and so smart, the first woman to own a film company. She was also a trail blazer, being the first woman to ever appear pregnant in the media. I love her.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
They shouldn’t waste any time. If you have the right attitude come to FBI and we can help you. But realise that it isn’t going to be easy, but you will get there if you have determination and are focused.
List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration in your profession?
- People: Other business people who I trust.
- Favourite Websites: Start with Why, FastCompany, PRIA, Buzzfeed, Positive Psychology Program.
- Favourite all time book/s: Together is better – Simon Sinek, The Little Prince, Anything by Donald Dahl or Oscar Wilde, Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury, Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman. most nonfiction, especially the Arts.
- People: Gina Rinehart, Ita Buttrose, Mia Freedman, Gloria Steinem, Jane Goodall. Elon Musk.