I’m a huge believer that experience speaks louder than well crafted words, especially when it comes to careers. I’m part of a generation where there is huge occupational competition – and I mean huge! Therefore, it’s important to really try and push your boundaries where possible.
As a yearning fashion blogger, I’m constantly thinking of ways that I can expose my writing – whether this be through my own blog, guest blogs or the online fashion magazine that I write for. On top of this, internships are a massive plus. Not only are internships great at filling out your CV with quality skills, allowing you to gradually erase the irrelevant (and potentially embarrassing) experience, but they also act as an important learning curve. I have managed to hold down two internships thus far, however I have been left craving some really crucial experience, rather than completing internships that leave me with nothing other than a fancy title to add to my CV.
Recently, I was lucky enough to gain an internship in London for renowned fashion designer, Nicole Farhi. During the internship I would have been assisting the press office and conducting general day-to-day tasks that a fashion house would demand. I had my heart set on this week long internship that would finally provide some substantial experience on my slowly increasing CV. However, my hopes were trampled upon when I glanced my eyes upon the computer screen, informing me that my train home had been cancelled.
Due to horrendous flooding conditions in the South (where I live outside of term-time), the public transport conditions had worsened and were due to almost come to a standstill. Along with a predicted tube-strike in London, the odds were not in my favour and I unfortunately became stranded in Leicester. Fortunately, the woman who I was in correspondence with was very understanding and agreed to reschedule my internship for an alternative date. As a result, I’m going to ensure that I do not give up as I fully intend on completing the internship – when the weather will allow me to do so.
On a positive note, I am safe and sound hauled up in Leicester, which seems more sensible compared to battling the awful floods down South and my internship can be rescheduled. Plus, there are people who are in dire conditions, struggling to keep their homes and possessions in tact during such severe floods. In a way, I can consider myself lucky and I am confident in knowing that this was the path I was supposed to take – although this can be a hard pill to swallow!