EVERYONE may agree that you may have the talent, but if you have no formal qualification to back that talent, it can be as good as dead.

LISOF, the progressive Fashion Design and Retail Academy, is inviting people interested in fashion design and retail, to apply for bursaries to the value of R730 000 in its #MyFashionCareer bursary competition.

Creative individuals with a passion for fashion and the business of fashion and retail can enter the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition and stand the chance to win one of four exciting courses that will kick-start their dream career.

To apply, simply visit www.myfashioncareer.co.za, complete the entry form in a few easy steps, and stand the chance to win one of these LISOF bursaries, which include:

- A 3-year diploma in fashion.

- A 3-year BA fashion degree.

- A 3-year BCom fashion degree.

- A 1-year honours fashion degree.

Entries to the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition are open until Friday, 9 December.

Shana Rosenthal, CEO of LISOF and renowned expert in the fashion and retail industry, said a career in fashion offers much more than just the glitz and the glamour.

“It’s for this reason that LISOF introduced its BCom fashion degree, which addresses the industry’s need to nurture the skills required for the business aspects of fashion and retail,” Shana said.

Those determined to take their passion a step further should consider LISOF’s honours degree with its earn-while-you-learn approach that creates the work-readiness that the retail industry requires – allowing students to enter the fashion and retail industry seamlessly.

By participating in a six-week postgraduate programme at a leading fashion and retail institution in London, LISOF honours students will gain invaluable international work experience with this optional addition to the course.

Shana said that with the #MyFashionCareer bursary competition, LISOF is creating an opportunity for Mzansi youth to empower themselves by standing a chance to pursue a high-earning career in the fast-paced and progressive world of fashion and retail in South Africa.

The South African textile and clothing industry facilitates about 80 000 jobs annually.