Fashion Internship: The First Step in a Future CareerReading Time: 3 minutes
We’re always excited by Graduate Fashion Week each year. It’s a comforting marker that the industry is vibrant, an annual celebration of the future of fashion.
Once the catwalk has been packed away, though, there is reality to contend with. Thousands leave university with a degree in fashion or textiles in their hot hands, but finding a role within a competitive industry can prove daunting. Graduate Fashion Week aims to showcase students’ work and bridge the gap between graduation and employment.
Over the past 24 years, Fashionizer’s internship programme has enabled graduates to experience a very different end of the fashion and garment industry. As uniform designers to exclusive hotels, our standards are high. Our garments have to look fashionable, but we also have the challenge of adhering to a much higher technical demands and great attention to detail.
It’s an opportunity for interns to learn a range of skills that can be applied across a number of roles, skills that are very much planted in the real world of business. A passion for fashion is essential, but budding marketers as well as pattern cutters and studio assistants have all found a home at Fashionizer.
There’s the chance to work with fabrics and design in a proper working environment with deadlines, production processes and clients. At the same time, Fashionizer benefits from graduates coming in with fresh ideas, new perspectives and skills. Not surprisingly, many of our interns stay on, taking up permanent jobs in the company. Some have even stuck around for a decade.
We asked our current interns their thoughts on starting their career at Fashionizer:
Fashionizer in the words of our interns
“Fashionizer gave me the chance to learn the differences between various types of fabrics, their suitability and specificity. The tasks cover different skills, from packing production materials, measuring, cataloguing fabrics, booking couriers, working with production database to pattern marking and cutting, sewing, and making alterations. Visiting fabric fairs enabled me to get to know and meet a lot of material suppliers and their products. I’m pleased to have been given the opportunity to join the team.”
– Radville, Production Development Intern
“When it comes to learning how a business starts with a design concept and ends with a high-quality garment, there is no better place. It is rare for a company to be so willing to give the reigns over to someone new, but in the case of Fashionizer they welcome new ideas and processes that can help them achieve their goals.”
– Hannah, Studio intern
“This was a first Marketing experience, and the least you can say is that it was extremely hands on and sometimes fast paced. It was a good opportunity to use my skills in all aspects of Marketing and Communications; from designing an ad, to doing social media and the website. It’s been an interesting ride, full of responsibilities, new skills and new experiences. I’m now delighted to be an official member of staff at Fashionizer”
Fashionizer is currently hiring! Check out our job vacancies, including our latest internship, here
- Graduate Fashion Week is on 4-7 June 2017