University; an excuse to dodge the real world for another 3 + years! Who us? Never! If your time is nearly up, that means you’re headed into the big wide world sooner rather than later, and that can only mean one thing: adulting. Who can be bothered? Especially when days currently exist around sleeping ‘til noon and 3pm lectures. Yawn. But hey, there is some sort of silver lining to all this; following your dreams, achieving what you set out to do – and not to mention extra ca$h flow (hello bank account!) And if there’s one thing we urge all you bright sparks to do before graduating, it’s to get some real work experience under your belt! No, we don’t mean your weekend coffee shop job, we’re talking real-life experience in your chosen field with industry professionals!
Anxious and not quite sure what to expect? Our team of amazing interns at BBHQ have bared all, and given insight into the daily tasks of an intern at a fashion company. With these tips and advice, you’ll be up and at ‘em before the alarm clock rings!
Claire – Production Intern
My day as a design and production intern starts at 9am after I’ve bought a coffee and caught the bus to the beautiful BB head office. The ladies in production are super organised, and share a to-do list Excel spreadsheet, which usually begins with completing some technical illustrations. This is a black and white drawing on Illustrator, where I break down all the components of a garment, and we can see the details that make it special. After this, I’ll do some trend forecasting, to get an understanding of what the BB girl will want in her wardrobe this summer, or even next year. After lunch, I help the team with fitting sessions, by taking photos and notes of what we can do to perfect clothes that haven’t hit the store yet.
While interning at Beginning Boutique, I’ve been able to hone my technical skills, which make up 90% of a fashion designer’s job. Working in an office environment is much different than at university, but it’s given me a lot to look forward to, as I’m almost about to graduate and begin my journey as a creative professional. I would encourage other students to apply for an internship, you’ll pat yourself on the back for the rad learning experience and sweet resume cred.
Georgie – Styling Intern
Waking up super early to get to work on time isn’t too hard when you know you’re going to go play with cute clothes all day. I say play because styling the shoots at BB is definitely super fun, but it is also hard work. First things first, when I get to work I start by helping our head stylist steam all the clothing. While steaming may not be the most glam part of the day, this is actually a great time to assess all the clothing, memorise each piece and gather my thoughts. The day is only just beginning and it’s about to get busy! Once the model is out of hair and makeup, we start taking the photos! I help to dress and undress the model, keep all the clothing organised, making sure each piece looks perfect on the model and secretly make a wish list of all my fave pieces in my head. Perks! While the day seems a bit non-stop sometimes with a large amount of clothing to keep track of, I’ve discovered it is true that time flies when you’re having fun. Watching our hard work pay off as the model brings each piece to life makes the running around, getting on my knees to tie shoes and the occasional pin stab totally worth it!
Abbey – PR/Marketing Intern
A day in the life of a Beginning Boutique intern – our tag as the ‘raddest online store’ is sooo true! It’s a marketing mania filled with innovative ideas and epic professionals all fashioned together in one stylish warehouse! As the public relations and marketing intern, my mornings begin with replying to emails from social media influencers, that request to be brand ambassadors. I love filtering through Instagram and checking out blogs for potential influencers to represent BB – there are some seriously cool gals out there with fab style! I then move onto writing blogs and uploading content to our Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Writing blogs on fashion and lifestyle is my favourite part of the job, and if you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to do so! Oh… my other – `favourite part of the job? Petting the super cute office Frenchy, ‘Jethro’ – check him out on Snapchat!
I study a Bachelor of Business, dual majoring in PR and Management. BB has given me an invaluable opportunity to harness my skills as a PR student, where I have learnt exactly what goes on behind the scenes. This inside and real world knowledge has benefited my studies as I am now able to apply theory (boring) to real world practice (yay for better marks and surrounding myself with fashion enthusiasts)!
What to expect? Be a bit of an all rounder! PR can’t be categorised and you need to be quick on your feet and work hard. Soak up the environment and all it has to offer! Advice? Find an internship that interests you. If you genuinely love what you are doing, it won’t feel like work at all – trust me! Since beginning at BB I have decided that fashion and lifestyle PR is for me, and I am excited to see what my time here brings!
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