For the second year running Grazia has teamed up with Kids Company and Reiss for a unique mentoring scheme to help four amazing 20somethings break into the fashion industry.
In the latest in a series of regular blogs, Ben Moriah, 24, tells us what he’s been up to...
It’s a weird thing, being so excited for an opportunity like this. Because for weeks on end, you’re looking forward to it – and each time you come in, there’s still a buzz.
It feels like you’re full of adrenaline for ages, but you’re also full of fear – the nerves that you might do something wrong or, despite being confident, not quite be up to scratch.
Finally, though the excitement is still there, my fear has subsided. Huzzah! I think it’s a few things that have contributed to it – the first being my mid-term review with my mentor, Jennifer. She was really positive, but also set me some great goals and objectives to work towards to improve.
And I really want to improve – so much so in fact, that I’ve decided to come in one day per week extra. It’ll give me more time to devote to the team, learn more and really start to develop my skills in things like CAD (Computer Aided Design). Since I can’t practice that outside of the office – the software is ridiculously expensive – it makes sense for me to come in, and learn from the experts.
In other news, I don’t have my part time job yet – but I’m getting there. I’ve handed in my CV to Reiss’ HR department and I’m hoping they might be able to help, and I’ve also had a trial at a t-shirt shop in Covent Garden which was cool – it’d be great to work with clothes.
Other than that, I’ve got a trial in a bar. It’s hard work looking for a job and trying to concentrate on my internship too – but interns have been doing this for years, I can’t complain. My parents and my partner are amazing with helping me, but it’s important for me to be independent.
Everyone goes through the same thing, and (fingers crossed!) it’ll be worth it in the end. And, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… Or really, really tired at least!