Hello everyone! My name is Katie and I am going into my final year of BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing Management.
My degree is my passion. I have always been encouraged by my lecturers to seek sector-specific experience throughout my studies. I have had the privilege to work for Cardiff Fashion Week and Ty Hafan; fantastic experiences that encouraged me to seek global opportunities, network and of course, make my CV stand out.
Let’s face it – the scary world of interning! Whether you’ve formally applied or slid into e-mails praying that you’d get noticed, internships provide you with invaluable experiences that excel your employability prospects and I would strongly encourage anyone to embrace opportunities. I secured a two-month unpaid internship in Shanghai for Michael Kors and Horizon Marketing and Advertising Consultancy.
When I arrived in Shanghai, I thought my experience would be somewhat like The Devil Wears Prada: fetching coffee for my supervisors and running errands across the city. But I quickly learned that I was going to be no Andrea Sanchez! Instead, I was preparing company reports, brand books, developing strategies, presenting to major clients and styling photoshoots whilst being surrounded by incredibly creative and inspirational individuals.
Working in such a fast-paced environment has helped me develop a cultural understanding in the Chinese market and develop highly sought-after professional skills such as initiative, communication skills and adaptability that will positively impact my studies. I attended intensive Mandarin classes twice a week to immerse myself in the language and improve my proficiency.
Interning in Shanghai has been an incredibly advantageous component to my academic life but has also enriched my personal development. From touring the ‘Venice of the East’ to climbing the Great Wall of China, I was fortunate enough to explore the culture and history of this remarkable country. I also made sure I had enough time to taste the cuisine, attend fashion shows and exhibitions!
Completing an internship abroad demonstrates a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. Not only will you gain invaluable insights into the roles and your industry, but you will gain unique life experience.
But it is incredibly important to remember that it does not matter who you are interning for or where it is, most importantly, it is the skill set that you take away from the role.
Trust me when I say, you will not regret taking the jump to do something so rewarding! My overall experience in Shanghai has been a pivotal moment in my studies and I truly believe that it will equip me with desirable professional skills for my future!