Currently studying my HND at college and hoping to get into university if my graded unit goes according to plan however as well as focusing on studying I believe that getting some work experience is just as important and makes you far more employable when you leave college or university. Obviously London, the fashion capital of the UK has the most amazing opportunities but London is so expensive and many internships are unpaid. Living in a small city shouldn't stop you at all. Over the last two years or so I have experience from working at photoshoots, backstages at fashion shows, modelling agencies and now I am interning at an online company in hope that when I graduate I will have some basic knowledge of the industry as well as a degree. So here is my advice on how to gain some sassy work experience, these are all from my personal experience.
1. Use social media - I don't want to bore you all about how amazing social media is nowadays and how its so easy to communicate, we know all that. Use your Twitter to network with local creatives or retailers and PR companies. If they mention that they are doing a shoot or a show in the coming weeks then email them asking if you can help, it is likely that it will be unpaid but it is all about networking and gaining contacts. Many companies now post on Instagram that they are looking for interns or students to undertake a work placement.
2. Business Cards - I would recommend you get yourself some business cards, if you are lucky to get yourself back stage at a fashion show or event then chances are you will get chatting to folk. Business cards are such a simple way for the business to remember you and maybe contact you for an event in the future.
3. Do your research - Many placements or internships ask you to send them over your cv and cover letter, this is your chance to sell yourself and let them know you are the best person for the job. Before sending the email make sure you are sending the email to the correct person, there is nothing worse than a company receiving an email addressed to the wrong person. Research the companies campaigns or collections, it shows that you are interested and impressive to the company it is also a good conversation starter incase things get a little awkward during the interview.
4. Enjoy - My final tip would be to enjoy yourself, if you've worked that hard to bag yourself the placement then have fun when you are there and gain all the experience you can. Any relevant experience is great to add to your CV or job application.