Five Reasons Why MBFWA is Vital to Your CV

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    Five Reasons Why MBFWA is Vital to Your CV

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While we firmly believe that all internships and volunteering experiences are great opportunities to learn new skills and expand your professional sphere, there’s something special about scoring a spot behind the scenes at MBFWA. Ahead, we look at the unique volunteer experiences an event like this can offer, and why every fashion or events student should spend at least one season in the iconic black t-shirt.

1. Variety (it’s the spice of life, after all…)

While some internships will have you feeling like you’re on a haute hamster wheel, no two hours are the same when you’re an MBFWA volunteer. Garment preparation, working with models and stylists, bump-in/bump-out, staging and front of house responsibilities are all in a day’s work for an MBFWA volunteer, allowing everyone involved to get a true taste of each role that goes into making an event of this size a success.

2. Intensity (in the best way, like too much chocolate…)

While rest between shifts is important, there’s nothing quite like the rush that comes with working in such a fast-paced environment. A week of volunteering at MBFWA will test your ability to adapt, work to a brief and deliver results under pressure - all essential traits for anyone looking to break into the fashion and events industries.

3. Exposure (this week, seeing is believing…)

Only at MBFWA will you get to see designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, models, media, AV, event management and PR staff all working under one roof. If you’ve been thinking about exploring a particular avenue or role within the industry, observing how this role fits into a broader event can give great insight into the demands and daily tasks of your desired field.

4. Homegrown Heroes (keeping it local never looked so good…)

As global citizens, it’s all too easy to forget that there’s a wealth of established and emerging fashion talent right here in our own backyard. Getting up close and personal with the work of local labels is incredibly rewarding, and serves as a wonderful reminder to support the designers and craftspeople that keep the Australian fashion industry alive.

5. Networking (and not the nerve-wracking, cold-calling kind…)

The sheer volume of volunteers at MBFWA presents a fantastic opportunity to network with peers while gaining practical industry experience. You’ll meet volunteers from all walks of life, with a melting pot of educational experiences, ages, locations and interests. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers and network on the fly throughout the week, as the volunteer you’re taping shoes beside this week might very well be a future coworker.


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