We've all heard it; 'You need experience to get experience', so how the hell do you get your first internship?! Think of it like a domino effect; once you get your first one, boom, you are off. But how? Read our pointers on how to get started on your career path with no experience.
1. Get a Saturday job
Get yourself a Saturday (or part time) job somewhere fashion-based such as Topshop or Office; this is a perfect IN to the industry. Not only can you actually put this on your CV, it’s a chance to worm your way into the company. Pick up contacts there which will help you get closer to a future role and also if a certain area of fashion appeals to you (such as styling or visual merchandising) you can ask to work in that area; which is great for your CV.
2. Call in the favours
Do you have any friends or family that may give you some work experience? Even for 2 weeks, it's still experience! It doesn’t have to be fashion related, just make sure on your CV you list duties that ACTUALLY RELATE to the role you are applying for. For example; your family friend, Bob, may own a printers, but you want to intern in a fashion design studio. A RELEVANT duty could be:
‘I organised and oversaw production of products; ensuring premium quality control throughout’.
3. Go the extra mile: live projects
Get involved in collaborations, industry competitions and set up projects of your own (such as a blog, uni magazine or help at events). Showing you go that extra mile will win you big points with prospective employers and it’s great content for your portfolio and CV.
When I was at uni, I worked with a fashion design student and created her personal branding. This was a strong project for the graphic design internships I was applying to...So don't be shy and reach out to students at your uni.
*PRO TIP: Adding live projects to your CV is a great way to bulk it out if the 'Experience' section is looking a bit empty. I have written about this in the FYI Ultimate Guide: How To Build Your CV *
4. Get networking
Networking at INDUSTRY EVENTS is a fab way to secure potential opportunities. Meeting someone face-to-face and making a great first impression is so much more powerful than sending an email. If you meet someone and it’s a brand you want to work for, don’t be shy and ask if they could offer you any experience opportunities!