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Tips for fashion work experience in London

Fashion is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting industries to work in in the UK - and the nation's capital is the mecca for most wannabe fashionistas. If you're hoping to get your foot in the door for fashion work experience in London, we've lined up some top tips to help:

  • Do your research. Don't just send a bunch of applications out blindly to as many fashion employers as you can. It's a much better strategy to narrow your choices down to four or five that you would love to work for (and if they have known work experience programmes, that's even better) and spend time on tailoring each application and explaining to the employer just why you'd be so great in the role.
  • Remember that fashion is a cut throat business and any job, including work experience placements, can be very competitive. It's a good idea to come up with a back up plan in case arrangements fall through. But stay optimistic, be passionate and enthusiastic in your cover letter, and ensure that your application stands out from the crowd.
  • If you get offered a meeting to discuss a possible work experience placement, treat it like a job interview. Dress professionally, conduct thorough research into the company, and perhaps bring along a portfolio.
  • Don't expect to be doing desirable tasks like designing or styling. In a desirable industry like fashion, the chances are that you'll be running coffees or doing photocopying. Do every task to the best of your ability and it's likely that you'll make some great contacts.

 

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