I have managed to secure a placement with Temperley in London in their pattern cutting department, which will be an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start! Although I specialise in menswear at university I am going to be working for a company which sell very feminine women's clothing, I think this will really help me develop as a designer and pattern cutter as it will mean I have experience in both areas.
|Temperley London Pre-Fall 2013 |
A placement year is not compulsory on our course but I think it will give me a greater insight into the industry and will hopefully make me more employable, it seems almost impossible to get a job without this kind of experience. However, there are a number of challenges associated with internships and placements as many are not paid and a number of companies including The Arcadia group have run into trouble in recent years and have now started paying their interns.
Last summer I worked for a small children's wear company over the summer, although I learnt a lot from it, especially the stages involved with staring up a business, I don't think it was worth the amount I ended up spending on transport and living in London. So although gaining work experience is an important thing to do I think it is better to work with companies which have an established internship programme to ensure you are getting the most out of your time and not just working for free.
I'd love to know what you think of internships, did you do one? are you planning on taking a placement year? Do you think they are worth it?