What I've learnt in my Placement Year

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 31st marks the last day of my placement at Charlotte Mills, and therefore my last day of my placement year. I wanted to write a post about what I've learnt through-out this year, in the hopes that it might help some of you decide whether or not to undertake a placement year or if you're currently interning, hopefully inspire you to get the most out of your internships.

1. Going The Extra Mile Goes A Long Way
Whether it's doing a task before you've been asked to do it, or tidying up the office before you leave. All these little things that you do, will show your employer that you're keen to be working there. They show that you're not just putting in the minimal amount of effort and you don't mind doing the little jobs that need doing but no-body wants to do.

2. Be Honest And Upfront About Everything
I'm very lucky to have worked in such a wonderful environment for the majority of my placement year, at Charlotte Mills there are usually 3 of us in the office, and it's such a lovely working environment and I honestly feel like we're friends and not just colleges. Which makes it easier to say when I'm not feeling my best. For example, if I've got a migraine I know that I'm not going to do my best work, so if it's an appropriate time and they can manage without me I'll ask if I can have the day off, and come back when I'll feel better and much more productive. Being honest with your employers doesn't always have to be about your health, if your employer asks your opinion on something, then give your honest opinion! Just like when charlotte is showing us designs, we'll say what we think about that design and if there's anything we'd change. They wouldn't be asking if they didn't want your honest opinion.

3. Networking
The main reason that you'll be undertaking a placement year or internship is because you'll want to get a better insight into the industry you're hoping to work in. So attending industry events will be a massive perk of interning. Whether it's helping behind the scenes with the planning and preparation of these events or whether you get to attend and represent the brand you're working for, it's all amazing experience.
I was lucky enough to be the showroom intern in Paris whilst working for Temperley over summer last year, and since interning at Charlotte Mills I've been lucky enough to help organise events for customers, attend bridal shows, help with all the prep for our bridal press day. As well as helping with everything for LFW and even attending LFW to assist Charlotte on the stand. All of these experiences have helped me learn so much, and get a better insight of what it's like to work in the world of bridal. And through Charlotte Mills I'm hopefully going to be interning at You&Your Wedding at some point over summer, so that would be fantastic.

4.  Be Prepared
Another thing I've learnt during my placement year is that you can never be too prepared. Whether thats doing a trial run of how to get to work the day before you start, or staying late to catch up with work if you know you've got a busy week, next week. All of these little things will make you seem so much more professional. Top Tip: Make sure you always have notebook and pen, phone charger and snacks in your bag. Especially on long days, whether it's at an event or on a photoshoot. 

5. How Much I'm Capable Of
Whats surprised me the most about this placement year is how much I'm actually capable of. Moving into my own little flat, commuting to work every day, Interning part time and working in retail part time, and trying to keep putting content up on tasselsandtoiles (I did this more successfully in some months more than others), finding time to see my friends and maintaining a great relationship with my boyfriend. I think I deserve a pat on the back. For some people this may be the norm, working 2 jobs and having a social life. But for someone that gets overwhelmed very easily I'm actually quite proud of myself for managing it all. 

This year, more than any other, has been huge in terms of personal growth. I don't want this post to get really deep, but I feel like I've grown so much in confidence. I know how to deal with stress a lot better, ask anyone I've come on leaps and bounds since Christmas. I have a better idea of what I want to do when I graduate and I'm really happy with how things are at the moment. I guess I just want to say that I'm actually really proud of myself for holding it together this year. I'm so immensely happy that I decided to do a placement year, and that it turned out the way that it has. I've worked my butt off and it's all been worth it.. I'm really excited to say that I've actually been offered a permanent job at Charlotte Mills, which I'll be continuing over summer and throughout my final year at University.

I hope this post has been helpful, or at least interesting for some of you. If you have any questions at all on interning or taking a placement year, then I'd be happy to help! Either drop a comment below or tweet me @EmjaneMac

With Love; 
Em x 

1 comment

  1. Normally wedding appetizers are mediocre and forgettable. We had people talking about our food even weeks after the wedding. Though the Seattle Wedding venues are beautiful. You can bring in any type of furniture or use their traditional round tables.


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