Wholesale doesn’t have anything to do with design, which is what I am majoring in. Ryerson offers numerous opportunities to put you out into the fashion industry. You can use your skills/experience to be part of the communications side even if you’re a design student and vice versa. I’ve had about 5 internships throughout my time at Ryerson. A lot of the learning experience has been about myself and where I want to steer my life. Specifically to Michael Kors, I learned what it means to stay with a company long-term and my bosses have taught me the ins and outs of the wholesale industry for a global company and what it means to be truly dedicated and passionate about a job. Patience is key. It will take time to get the jobs you want. Especially in fashion, I think you must stay active and involved within the fashion industry. This will prove how dedicated you are and will build your resume.
Tips for future interns:
- When asked to do a task, add that extra step. For instance, if asked to file, file alphabetically or if asked to store clothes in the storage room, store clothes by season or commodity. It’s that extra step that only adds 5 minutes to the task that will make the difference. My internship at MK started unpaid but because I took that extra step, it became a paid internship.
- Have a good work ethic and stay consistent. Be the person you boasted about in your interview!
- Enjoy yourself. As much as work is work, you spend days with the people you work with. It’s not uncommon for you to spend more time with the people you work with than your family and friends.