A lot of people believe working in the fashion industry is just glitter and statement skirts. However, it takes a lot of hard graft to break into the fashion circus and a lot of the time you’re doing it with a not so sexy blindfold on. Recently, I sat down (on the sofa) with my friend Hannah, one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to carving the catwalk to your “dream” job. When we’re not talking rubbish we can actually be sort of informative…
Hannah and I met when studying at Conde Nast College, so what did she think of it?
The best thing about it is the people you meet. A lot of opportunities- particularly internships- come up from interacting with people. Hannah’s advice, always follow up with anyone you meet and always take every opportunity you’re given.
It’s also great because you learn a lot of stuff that you actually need to know, as opposed to information you’ll never need again. There’s a lot that you think you know, until you get there and realise you don’t know anything.
The careers advice at CNC is also next level, you can’t really find anything online that tells you what is and isn’t good. Getting advice first hand from people who have actually experienced it is invaluable!
Hannah has had 13 internships in the industry…how she survived some of the horror stories i’ll never know! Regardless, we can maximise on her experience and pick her brains. First things first, how do you go about finding internships?
Websites like Fashion Workie and The Dots are where you find some of the best jobs/internships. Once you get going a lot of jobs become connected. You get on the radar and editors will recommend you to others, so the momentum will build. “There’s the whole thing that the fashion industry is nasty but that’s so untrue”, so don’t be disheartened by a few rumours!
Is what you wear to an interview important?
Very. It’s an extremely influential factor. As unhelpful as it may sound, make yourself look unique. Wear something smart but fun. When it comes to shoes try to avoid trainers unless they’re chic.
How about Cover Letters?
NEVER send a generic Cover Letter. Think how many applications employers receive. People often only read the first and last paragraph, so keep it “short and sweet.” Half or a quarter page about why you’re going for the job and what makes you unique.
Most important piece of advice?
Always bring trainers in your bag…wherever you go.