For all you guys and gals interested in pursuing a full-time career in the fashion industry, I’m here to provide you with tips and tricks to land that full-time position once your internship ends, and take you through my journey here at Faviana. In this second installment of The Ins and Outs of Interning here on Glam and Gowns, I hope to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry from my perspective so you can decide if pursuing a career in the fashion industry would be the perfect fit for you.
First off I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Diego Ledezma, and I’m (officially) the Brand Marketing Coordinator here at Faviana, and (unofficially) the photographer and one of the graphic designers. I wear a lot of different hats here, and my responsibilities tend to vary quite dramatically depending on the day. Being formally trained in photography and design, I love the fact that I can use what I studied in school at my 9-5 job.
Learning to be a creative voice in this industry is one of the best decisions I have ever made, but the path to get to my current position did not come easily, let me tell you. I was met with many road bumps along the way… Full disclosure: When you work in fashion, you need to build a thick skin and get used to some rough criticism.
I first started interning in the fashion industry as a freshman in college. My first couple of internships were definitely not my faves and didn’t really teach me a whole lot, but it’s all about building up that resume, am I right ladies??
I’m still so thankful to have had those experiences because now I know what I don’t really see myself doing in the industry, and it ultimately lead me along the path of working here on the marketing team at Faviana. Internships in fashion can really show you a lot and you will definitely get a huge variety of people that you work with, with a bunch of different skills that they can teach you along the way.
A lot of what I learned were things I picked up on the job and from my peers considering I didn’t go to school for marketing. So here are some suggestions for how you can take the most from your internship, and maybe even land your dream job after school!
Make your boss know that you are interested in learning more! When you don’t understand how something works, always ask. When I first started interning here at Faviana I was kind of shy, and didn’t ask too many questions but after a while I was able to get out of my shell and I found myself being more open, which brings me to my next point.
Always make sure to communicate what you want out of the internship with the company, but remember to be polite and respectful about it. Do you want to learn or further develop a specific skill? Make sure to let your boss know, so that he or she can provide guidance and further help you in developing your skill set. Think about it, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
If you want a full time job after your internship make sure your boss knows that you want to stay on with the team! When I made the transition from being an intern here at Faviana to being a part time marketing assistant, I made sure my boss was aware that I really wanted to learn and develop my knowledge of marketing. She was super helpful and willing to help me grow, so I was able to sit down with some of my co-workers and they were able to teach me what I needed to know!
I get it, it can be tricky asking for what you want (I’ve had a lot of trouble with it too), but the risk is usually worth the reward!
Know Your Worth
Lastly, as an intern you should always know your worth! You might just be starting out, but hey we’ve all been there, and you might have a skillset that makes you unique and stand out in the team. So never forget that.
Yes, the fashion industry can be super tough and can sometimes turn into a “The Devil Wears Prada” situation, but always remember what you’re bringing to the table.
When I was asking for a full time position, I knew that I would be bringing my professional photography and design experience on top of my marketing knowledge that I’ve picked up along the way. You are a queen, make sure you know that!
Doing a few internships in the industry can really help you figure out what you don’t want to do, too. Hey, maybe it’s not really your callinting to work in fashion, that’s totally fine. You can still be a boss babe in an entirely different industry.
Sometimes it takes time to find what you’re passionate, but once you do, you’ll never truly have to work a day in your life, as the saying goes. Everyone is still figuring out exactly what they want to do (including myself) so don’t even stress! Go out and get ‘em girl. Good luck!
What internship advice to you want to hear next? Let us know by commenting below, or by tagging @FavianaNY on Twitter. Also, don’t forget to keep up to date with Faviana by following us on Instagram @Faviana and on Facebook @FavianaNY!
Written by Diego Ledezma
Edited by Sam Bruno