Fashion careers

Please find an interview below with Simon Chilvers, Men’s Style Director at Simon talks about the possibilities of getting into fashion and gives advice as to what people in the industry are looking for.

MATCHESFASHION.COM is a designer boutique with a strong international online presence which offers internship opportunities all year round

matchesstaff_0571 (2)Why did you decide to work in the fashion industry?

I’d always loved music and clothes while growing up but it was while studying History of Modern Art, Design and Film at university that the penny finally dropped that I might be able to work for one of the many magazines I loved. So, I moved to London, did a Masters at London College of Fashion and started doing work experience at places, such as The Guardian and Vogue. I then developed my CV and built up both freelance writing and styling work before taking a full time role as Assistant Fashion Editor at the Guardian where I worked for four years – here I had the opportunity to report from fashion week, style shoots and write features. Working in fashion allows you to be creative in many different ways – this was always the pull of working in the industry for me.

What does a typical day for you look like at

What I love about my job is that there is no typical day. One day I might be shooting an editorial shoot in a studio in London or on location in Paris. The next I’ll be interviewing a designer or writing a trend feature. I go to the fashion shows to get inspiration for shoots for both our digital and print magazine, which is always exciting. I also work closely with the studio who style all the clothes for the online store. Then there are work events to plan, sales meetings to attend, working with the buyers and PR team on launches. It really is a brilliant mixed bag.

How can applicants make sure they stand out from the crowd? 

I think the best way to stand out from the crowd is just to be yourself. Look prepared – as in, if you’ve got an interview or a work placement, you need to turn up and demonstrate straight off that you’ve done some research and know the organisation/ magazine you’re there to work for/interview for.

What key skills do you need to get into fashion?

Initially you need to be patient and prepared to graft hard – getting your foot in the door is the biggest trick so you need to impress people with a brilliant attitude. You obviously need to have a good visual understanding and a creative streak but equally you need to be be good with people – in fashion, it’s often about teamwork, especially on shoots and in office based roles. You also need to be able to juggle lots of different things at the same time – fashion moves fast and you need to be able to keep up with the pace.

Do you have any motivational words for students aspiring to make it in this very competitive industry?

Drive. Stamina. Ideas. To get into the industry, work really hard, do the groundwork, take on every opportunity that is offered, be open-minded and go the extra mile. Have lots of ideas – all the time. Soak up culture – art shows, film, museums, magazines, books. Set yourself mini goals. Get a blog. Experiment. Read.

Red Vatican – Opportunity For Emerging Fashion Designers

Red Vatican is a London-based, concept fashion brand, with a signature design aesthetic, progressive approach and ethical core.

We support the best up-and-coming fashion designers to showcase their ideas and develop their designs. We pick the most exciting designers we find to create limited edition mens and womenswear collections that celebrate originality, individuality and creativity.

We’re currently seeking talented Emerging Fashion Designers. For more information please visit – – Fashion Designers

PwC Oil & Gas Talent Academy – 23rd – 25th June

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a unique insight into the Oil and Gas industry at PwC

Open to all undergraduates and lasting three days, this programme will give your career a jump start. It offers a unique insight into the Oil and Gas industry that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, with the potential to secure a place on our summer internship programme, undergraduate work placement or a graduate position the following year in our Aberdeen office.

Our Oil & Gas Talent Academy is a three-day residential course designed to help develop your overall business awareness in the oil, gas and energy sectors, as well as giving you an opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work at PwC.

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GoThinkBig Birmingham Session 28th March 2014

Are you interested in Music, Fashion, Sport, or Entertainment? Want to know more about jobs and careers within these competitive industries? Then you should DEFINITELY come to a GoThinkBig Session in 2014.

The Sessions are GoThinkBig’s flagship events. We bring the most amazing speakers from fantastic industries to a city near you. Experts from music, fashion, sport and entertainment (Journalism/TV/Film/Radio) will be talking about how they got their first big breaks. Find out who has been announced so far!

The Sessions are coming to a city near you this year – our first event is on 28 March in Birmingham in partnership with Punch Records. You’ll get the opportunity to hear all about different aspects of these four industries, the behind the scenes jobs that you’ve never thought of, and exactly what these jobs involve.As well as this, the experts will take you through exactly how they got into the industry and where they think the future jobs of their industry will be.

At the end of the event you’ll go away with an exclusive insight into these different competitive industries, an understanding of different roles that exist, expert advice, and loads of new ideas

Click here for details

How to get hired Live at Wembley Stadium on 22nd April

How to get hired Live is a unique event for UK university students where they will join over 150 graduate recruiters for a day of networking and essential how to get hired advice from industry leaders and employers.

The line-up includes:

  • Lorraine Connell, Managing Director, UK Investment Banking at Barclays
  • Eleanor Radbourne, Director Core Capability Engineering & Operations at Rolls-Royce
  • Matthew Berry, Resourcing Director at Centrica
  • Charles Hardy, Education Evangelist at LinkedIn
  • Laura Yeates, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager at the global law firm Clifford Chance

Tickets cost £19.95. This includes lunch, refreshments and networking drinks.

Rufus Leonard internship 2014

RAW is Rufus Leonard’s unique internship, bringing together a team of raw talent for the summer

Rufus Leonard is one of London’s largest independent digital creative agencies.
We design and build innovative platforms, services and experiences for brands like British Gas, Lloyds Bank and Williams F1.

Over 12 weeks, our RAW interns will be exposed to every aspect of agency life. Supported by dedicated mentors, you’ll work as a team within the agency, delivering real projects with real deadlines.

We’re looking for five brilliant minds from a range of disciplines – we want coders, designers, copywriters, UX, web developers, account managers, information architects, animators and more.

RAW is open to everyone – graduates, non-graduates – everyone. We’re looking for talent, energy, enthusiasm and ideas, and in return we promise not to ask you to make tea, or to ‘shadow’ someone for three months!

If you’ve got RAW talent, and you are looking for a challenge, we want to hear from you.

For further details go

Workshop day: 16th May 2014
30 shortlisted applicants will be invited to a one-day workshop where the final 5 will be chosen. The shortlisted applicants will be notified by the 2nd May.

Internship: 7th July – 26th September
We’ll offer a minimum-wage salary while you’re with us.

Careers open day at HR Wallingford

Wednesday 2 April 2014, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
9.30 to 16.00, refreshments and lunch provided.

HR Wallingford is an independent research and consultancy organisation specialising in civil engineering and environmental hydraulics. With a world-class staff and an international reputation for innovation and technical excellence, we’re
always looking for exceptional candidates to enhance our existing teams.

Are you a postgraduate or graduate student in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline? We’d like to invite you to come to an Open Day at our Howbery Park campus to find out more about what we do. As well as hearing about some of our recent research and consultancy projects, we’ll show you around our unique facilities. You’ll get to meet some of our most recent recruits and learn about their experiences since joining HR Wallingford

We have a limited number of places available. Please contact Sarah Moxon at HR Wallingford (, tel 01491 822364) by Wednesday 26 March 2014 to book your place.