Just Go With it
- BY: LIAM PRATT
- Nov. 1, 2016
Have you ever looked at a fashion show or read a fashion magazine and thought you wanted to be a part of it, but didn’t know where to start. Well joining the fashion industry isn’t as hard as you may think. It’s a matter of just going with it and taking initiative and this all starts with internships and volunteer work.
WHY AN INTERNSHIP?
The most discouraging factor about volunteer work and internships is that they often come without pay. But the question to ask here is whether you would pay someone to work for you if they had little to no experience. An internship is an experience opportunity for both parties. As an intern you get to experience the way the company works, learn the basic skills and learn more about the company. The company you’re interning for gets to see how well you perform, how you behave and your progression. Based on how you perform your internship could evolve into a paid job in the future.
WHERE TO FIND AN INTERNSHIP?
Internships are available everywhere, you just have to be willing to look. The site you’re reading now, Miro Door is an excellent place to find internships and volunteer work. We regularly post advertisements by PR agencies, fashion designers and events like Los Angeles Fashion Week that are looking for interns and volunteers. Miro Door is how I myself got started in this industry and strongly recommend anyone else to do the same.
Sometimes internships aren’t always advertised and require a little more work than simply googling fashion internships, if you want to intern in a particular area such as public relations or a magazine, or more specifically if you want to intern for a particular PR agency or a particular magazine like Harper’s Bazaar. They may not be advertising internships publicly, but what you can do though is write them a letter or send them an email. They may not always reply but you’ve just got to go with it. If you send out 30 emails asking for an internship at least one of them will get back to you if not more. That saying what you put out is what you gain can be applied here.
MORE THAN JUST AN INTERN
If you’re successful in getting an internship you need to embrace it with open arms. Don’t just expect a glamorous job where you get to attend events, or work with supermodels and meet fashion industry heavy weights. Whilst all of those are possible, at the end of the day you could be given jobs like data collection, organising clothes, tidying up and the dreaded coffee runs. But regardless of what task you’ve been given you need to just go with it. Put a smile on your face and do it.
When you finish a task don’t just sit there twiddling your thumbs. Look around. Take the initiative and ask someone if there’s anything you can do or anything you can help them with. If you get stuck on a task or unsure about something, ask someone for assistance. The more questions you ask the more you show your employer and your colleagues that you’re interested in the company, the industry and learning. That’s what internships are for; gaining experience and if you can constantly show that you want to learn more by asking questions then you’re on your way to getting a job.
The last thing I would say is that when it comes to the end of your internship you should ask about the future. Ask if they have any paying job that you might be suited for and if they don’t, ask if they know anyone who does. Asking makes all the difference. Just go with it and have fun.
If you want to check out the available jobs, volunteer positions and internships at Miro Door you can do so via this link http://mirodoor.com/jobs.