Finding work experience or securing an internship at London Fashion Week can be highly competitive, but as with all major events, offering to volunteer your services can be a great way to put yourself into the right place to get noticed and gain that all-important experience for your professional portfolio.
As with the fashion itself, your starting point should be at the design stage …
Once you’ve finished your research, the next step towards securing an opportunity for work experience at London Fashion Week is ensuring the contact you make is dressed for success, making an impression which sells your skills, services and self as the right person, whatever the role!
So, whoever you end up sending your enquiries to, whether direct to designers or to PR firms looking for creative volunteers, make sure:
London Fashion Week really is all about making an impression, so if you’re fortunate enough to secure a role, make the most of the experience by networking as much as possible. Follow designers and brands on social media in the run-up then follow up with contacts both during and after the event.
Across the event itself, over-deliver on what you’re there to do and keep on chatting – to designers, to those who support them (PR teams, PAs, agencies) and to other industry professionals – making yourself memorable in positive ways. This way, when you offer your services in exchange for further work experience or apply for an internship, your application stands a better chance of rising towards the top of the pile, rather than sinking to the bottom.
Finally, if you feel you don’t have enough of the right experience to start your behind-the-catwalk career for this September, start following the event and designers on social media and consider taking an event management training which includes work experience.
With our Diploma and Postgraduate courses being achievable within 6 months, you could complete a qualification in plenty of time to become both confident and indispensable by the time London Fashion Week comes around again.