6. Every little helps
If you’re struggling to find a paid internship in the specific field you’re interested in, volunteer – it’s often a good way of proving your dedication (and not many companies will turn down an extra pair of hands). Working in retail is also helpful – it might not seem as glamorous, but you’ll see different fabrics, body shapes, campaigns and customers in person, and gain insider knowledge.
7. Curate your fashion CV
Different from your normal CV, this shouldn’t include anything that isn’t related to fashion. Include any related work experience, training, certificates and even memberships to professional bodies or organisations – showing your dedication and passion. If you have them, you should also add details of your own fashion-related blogs or social pages, as well as a link to your portfolio of work.
8. Be present online
Take initiative: start your own blog showcasing your designs, inspirations, reviews or personal style – it’s one of the best ways to build your network and gain recognition. Even if your future employer hasn’t heard of you yet, showing off what you’ve accomplished in your spare time gives you a huge step up.
9. Keep up with fashion trends
Last but not least, stay up to date with what happens in the fashion industry. Follow designers, PRs and brands on social media to keep tabs on news and trends – when you land your big break, you’ll be knowledgeable enough to form an opinion and provide valuable input.