Why You Should Consider A Fashion Internship Abroad is a sponsored post in collaboration with Beyond Academy
If I was to go back and look at my career I do wish that I had a fashion degree and had the opportunity to undertake a fashion internship abroad. But at the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do. And in all honesty I just don’t think the information was as accessible as it is now. When I was at school the emphasis was on core subjects and you went to university to study english, maths or science. It is only over the past 10 years that I have really developed my love of fashion and I can dream of what my life would have been like had I had the opportunity at the time to take a different path.
Fashion is a global industry and it is incredibly competitive to break into. I think that it is important to be able to set yourself apart from the rest. A fashion internship abroad can not only do that, but also give you the opportunity to discover another culture and learn how the culture of a country can shape the fashion there.
Internships can be a great way to gain practical experience in an industry and learn how that industry works first hand. There are so many benefits to doing a fashion internship abroad.
The Benefits Of Doing A Fashion Internship Abroad
Personal and professional growth
Over the years I have done a lot of work experience and volunteering and have really seen the benefit. I didn’t go to university but have taken multiple courses to gain qualifications in different areas. And of course eight years ago I had a major career change from veterinary to social media marketing and freelance writing. I really noticed the benefit of being able to have those experiences and really find out more about the industry I was trying to move into.
The same can be said for internships. They are a great way to gain experience in a field you wish to work in. By doing so abroad you will not only grow professionally, but also on a personal level.
Like with going to university, a fashion internship abroad can help to teach you other life skills living independently. There is the chance to learn a new language, experience a new culture and make friends with people that you wouldn’t normally cross paths with in day to day life.
Boost your CV
People tend to go above and beyond when it comes to giving their CV that competitive edge. It isn’t just enough to have a degree anymore. Employers are also looking for that valuable experience within the industry you are applying to work in. Our life experiences are what sets us apart from one another and that is no different when it comes to our professional lives. By undertaking a internship abroad you have that edge that other candidates may not. It shows a potential employer that you have really pushed yourself to embrace new challenges and create a solid foundation for your career.
Build an international network
When you are just starting our in a career there is nothing better than being able to build those all important connections within your industry. By interning abroad it means that not only do you have great connections for further down the line in your career, those connections will be global. And, if you then decide to move and work abroad permanently these connections will become even more important.
Gain great references
When the time comes for you to begin searching for a job you can guarantee that potential employers will ask for references. It is understandable that they will want to speak to someone who can vouch for you skills to be able to do the job. Building great references during your internships is vital and making sure that you present yourself in a professional manner throughout will provide you with people that you can call on later.
Make friends for life
It isn’t all just about work. Interning abroad and being surrounded by like minded people is a great way to make friends. Living and working together in a new city is very a bonding experience. You can learn a new language together and explore a new city. It is a great way to bring people together.
I would love to know if you have done an internship abroad. And, particularly if that was within the fashion industry. Did you ever watch The Hills with Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port. I think they were doing an internship and Teen Vogue, which was obviously the dream! That show really made me what to do a fashion internship, and for me that would have meant going abroad.