How to Get Work Experience in the Industry – Part Two

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In part two of this series, India, Aysen  & Helen tell you about the experience the gained, how they got the chance and their advice for you.!

India Stow, Final Year Fashion Management Student

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Company: Wrangler

Role: Consumer Marketing Intern

How long I was there: 1 year

How I Got The Role: Applied for the position through In Place at Trent

Main Responsibilities: Helping support the Senior Consumer Marketing Manager. The role was split into 4 main parts: Internal Communications, PR & Events, Content Creation and Digital.

My Advice on Applications: Be as enthusiastic as possible – it really shows when you are passionate about a job! Also double/triple/quadruple check your CV and cover letter, with so many people applying to each job they will throw away any application with mistakes.

My Advice When You’re Working: Get involved and ask as many questions as possible. This is the best time to learn and grow, anything you struggle with (mine was always presenting) push yourself to improve on it during work experience.

Aysen Miller, Final Year Fashion Communication & Promotion Student 

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Company: Debenhams

Role: Social Media Intern

How I Got The Job: I applied for the job after seeing the position advertised on Fashion Workie. After a speedy response the next day, I was invited for an interview with the Social Media team and was offered the job the next morning!

How Long I Was There: 2 weeks over Summer (now contacted regularly to assist in the Press Office)

Main responsibilities: My particular role was writing content and creating images for social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+) and assisting with blogger communications. My role also included updating department monthly documents, writing wrap-up reports for press events and assisting the rest of the team.

Advice: Don’t be afraid to do any task, no matter how small – it really makes a difference! Ask questions constantly and show a real interest– you’ll be surprised by the amount of skills and knowledge you can gain. Be extremely enthusiastic and confident – companies like it when you show initiative and they’ll remember you in the long run!

Helen Roberts, Final Year Fashion Management Student

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Company: The Idle Man (New Online menswear company started by the Ex Head of Menswear from ASOS)

Role: Buying Assistant

Duration: June 2014 – August 2015

How I got The Role: I applied through the university as the company were keen to get Nottingham Trent students as it’s funded by Foresight Nottingham Fund and Nottinghamshire Pension Fund. I also had an interview with the CEO in Nottingham although it’s London based.

Main Responsibilities: Critical Path Management, organising photo-shoots, model selections, liaising with suppliers about samples and deliveries, ordering samples for the shoots, product launches and categories, AW14 & AW15 Gift Selection, Brand Selections with a given budget, Own brand development and fit sessions, raising purchase orders and product information, attending buying appointments, trade shows, product selection for marketing push on social media, training other staff members on systems, launch parties for collaborations ( Idle x Serge De Nimes) and festivals to increase brand awareness.

My Advice for applying: Make sure you know about menswear, what’s going on in the industry and think of how to differentiate yourself to stand out from everyone else.

My Advice for when you’re working there: Be flexible, enthusiastic and willing to help out with anything, especially at start up companies. You’ll learn a lot!