How to get EXPERIENCE with NO EXPERIENCE


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!



Ps. Need help? We also offers TOOLS and PRODUCTS to help you young creatives when starting a career. Check out the FYI Shop and FYI Review Clinic.

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