Sunday, 20 April 2014

interning: my verdict


i've been interning in the fashion world for over a year now, and finally it's paid off as i have a job for next year. i thought it might be interesting or beneficial to you guys to note my personal experiences with the whole 'interning' thing, and show you it's not all doom and gloom and exploitation. if it's helpful to just one person i'll be a happy laydeeeee :)

firstly, i think it's really important to say that you shouldn't believe everything you read. the amount of times i've read articles condemning internships, branding them as exploitation and just demeaning...it would be enough to put me off, and when i landed my first internship i was absolutely terrified. whilst i'm sure there are bad experiences, i like to believe that the majority are NOT LIKE THIS. i've interned at 5 different places  so i'm no expert, but every establishment has been so helpful and lovely to me. there's no devil wears prada drama, you're not expected to wear designer heels (this is actively discouraged, as you need to be comfy) and the people are generally lovely. i like to think all the people in paid positions have been interns, so understand the nerves and the desire to please, so everyone has been lovely. 

i have a really strong opinion about interning as i believe it's really strengthened my CV, and i truly think that without this extra experience i wouldn't have got my job in PR. whilst a degree and education is important, you can't put a price on experience. it shows you have an insight into the industry, you've paid your dues at the bottom, and you're self-motivated enough to work for free. 

the whole working for free aspect of interning is really difficult. i've been really lucky in the fact that i have family in London. i understand though that this isn't the case for everyone, and commuting everyday from another city or town can be near enough impossible, as train fares are ridiikkk! even using the oyster everyday is tough, so the financial aspect of interning for free can be so tough. it's great when internships offer you expenses, but often these come at the end of your time with them, so financially it's really hard. BUT, as stressed as i've got with this and worried i'm going to max out my overdraft, i feel that the experience outweighs this sometimes, and even if you do a week somewhere - it's better than nothing, and gives you such an amazing addition!

in articles on internships, there are a lot of comments like 'it was a waste of time...i went to do journalism and all i did was transcribe...all i did was return clothes...it was all admin' and this, personally, is irritating. you shouldn't expect to walk into a major magazine/PR firm/wherever and be presented with styling a shoot for Cara Delevingne, interviewing One Direction, or creating a major campaign for Topshop. you HAVE to do the menial work in order to get to where you want to be. sure, you're doing returns all day, but twist it on the positive - you'll learn all the PRs, and you'll get to yearn over beautiful clothes all day. yes, you might be scanning coverage, but improving your IT skills is absolutely essential to any job. transcribing an interview is KEY for the final edit, so don't knock it! everyone has to start somewhere, from small beginnings come great things, you'll appreciate it more when you get  to where you want to be if you've worked hard. heck, even Kanye West interned at Fendi!

i guess what i'm trying to say is, don't knock interning for all the bad press it gets. yes, it's hard work and can be expensive, but if you get the opportunity GO FOR IT. if it's at vogue or your local newspaper, it's invaluable experience that you'll never forget. i think interning has been one of the most important stages of my life, and i like to think that it's helped me understand the industry much more.

if you'd like to read about my internships at fabulous, elle, the guardian, benefit cosmetics and new look just click away!

hope this wasn't too longwinded, and it's helped at least someone! remember to vote for me HERE for best personal style blog :) until next time xo
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  1. I've been looking into getting internships in the Summer of Year 13 and I've read all your posts about your internships and they've helped me so much! Love this review, I've been discouraged from doing an internship but I still want to do some so I love this post!
    How did you first get an internship? Did you go through an intern website or email the company directly?
    Thanks, Holly X
    www.lovefromanastasia.blogspot.com

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    1. hi! it's great youre interning so early! wish i knew about it so early on, i didn't start until the 2nd year of uni! :(
      i emailed the companies directly - you'll get a lot of no's and a lot of rejections but then it'll just fall into place if you keep trying :D xxxxxxxxxxx

      remember to vote for me in the company blog awards :D xxxx

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  2. I'm in an internship at the moment part time, and while it an feel annoying essentially working for free (especially as I'm also at uni and have a part time job!) the experience is definitely worth the experience. I can imagine interning full time could be really stressful if you're not paid, but you can always get a part time weekend or evening job for some cash if need be :)
    Congrats on the job!
    Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. it can be so frustrating - around xmas when i was interning i was seriously worried about money and it's so stressful. but, it really does pay off in the long run :)

      thanks so much :D xxx

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  3. I agree with a lot of your points tbh. You worked hard and eventually got your job, so well done. I did a year marketing placement with a major company, but it was different to interning as I got paid a yearly wage. But the end result was the same, it provided me a greater insight into the working world, that I would ever have got if I just focused on my degree.

    Now, I agree that the whole working for free issue is a tricky area. There are a lot of people who are looking for experience, but they can't afford it. I personally think bigger companies who are take interns, should at least pay them national wage. You'd be surprised by the amount one department in a big company takes in per quarter, so it baffles me why some of them are reluctant to pay them. So if they are not offered an internship at the end of it, they at least were supported financially.

    This is not to discredit your time interning or any other person who interned for free, but it is just my personal opinion.

    www.lookwhatigot.co.uk

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    1. thank you very much :) not all internships are unpaid, my bf is working for a year as an 'intern' but is getting paid - it depends on the company.

      i completely agree with you! some companies rely on interns for their whole year, and need at least 4 at any one time - but don't pay. i get that this will come out of their budget to do things, but in that case you should just get a full time member of staff to do the interns jobs.

      thanks for reading ! xxx

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  4. It's been great reading about all your experience with different companies. I've done quite a few bits too and met so many lovely people, i don't think there's anything better! Good luck and well done on your job! It would be amazing if you could document that when you start it :)

    Dani x

    http://daniellastylehaze.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thank you! it's so good, im glad to see you're enjoying it as well! i sure will :) xxx

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  5. Great it worked out for you. Well done on the job!
    Where's the new look jumper you tweeted about?
    x

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    1. thanks :)
      oohh i meant to take outfit pics yday but the weather was just awful! so keep an eye out :) xx

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  6. your placements sound so cool (I'm sure it's hard work) but looks so glam..
    i started as an intern for 6 months and it def led to mhttp://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-trip-to-san-francisco.htmly job which i'm in now

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    1. it is a lot of hard work bu ti cant lie - ive seen a lot of glam things! xx

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  7. Thank you so much for this post! I've almost finished my journalism course and am looking at either getting a job or going into an internship, so this was really helpful :)

    I was just wondering how you went about applying and searching for them? It's hard to know where to start!

    Thanks
    Rhiannon :) xx
    http://everythingbutthekitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. no problem im glad it helped you! oh that's awesome :)
      i've done a few posts here about looking for internships, which might be of use to you :)

      http://www.fashionfumblings.com/2014/01/how-to-bag-that-fashion-internship.html

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  8. this is a great post! I've now finished university and couldn't afford to do an internship while there so am currently on the search :) thanks for abit more inspiration!

    Rose and Weston x

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  9. This is such a helpful post! I'm currently in my 2nd year of uni and looking for internships for the summer. This is definitely keeping me motivated!

    Dina x
    (respectthebrows.blogpost.co.uk)

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  10. I'm in my 2nd year of Fashion Journalism at Sunderland Uni and I've just recently been offered an internship at Fabulous in June. Your intern diaries have been super helpful in calming my nerves/building my excitement! Thank you and congrats on the interning finally paying off! xxx

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  11. Thank you for this post it has been really helpful and reassuring :) xxx

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  12. great post
    x
    http://beautystreet284.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Hey hun, lovely blog! I just followed you on Bloglovin - would be great if you could have a look at my new blog! www.laurenswardrobe.com x

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