A few weeks ago, we had an interview with two designers in the UK.

One, a woman named Ashley, had worked in a London-based fashion shop and another, a man named Jason, worked at a fashion boutique in the south-west of England.

They both said they’d been looking for a job in the fashion industry since they were teenagers and had both seen how the job market had changed in the past decade.

We asked them what advice they would give anyone looking to make a name for themselves in the industry.

Both said that, despite their age, they’d both been lucky enough to find a job at one of the bigger fashion companies. 

So, how did they do it? 

The answer is that they took their advice and started working their way through the career route. 

 “You’re lucky to be making the money you make and getting the opportunities you want to pursue,” Jason said.

“I always knew I was going to make it and that’s how I went from being in an apprenticeship to working in a fashion studio.

The same thing applies to the fashion business.” 

“My biggest mistake was not looking out for myself and focusing on what I could do for my career,” Ashley said.

She added: “I got a job and that was it.

I’m still struggling to get over the loss of a career.” 

The two said they had never heard of a “fashion internship”, a term coined by the UK’s fashion industry to describe the job they had done. 

“The only time I’ve ever heard of that was from someone who’s been in the business for five years,” Ashley added.

“My advice to people who are thinking about taking an internship would be, ‘You need to look out for yourself and be prepared to be on your own and not be reliant on anybody’.” Jason said he’d only ever heard about an “internship” when he was working at a shop in the Midlands, but he was lucky to have a “boutiques internship” at a big London brand.

He said: “It’s really tough when you’re at the top and there’s a huge opportunity for people.

If you don’t know what to do, you can’t go out and find a good role.” 

As well as working in their own shops, they said they took a break to visit friends and family in other countries. 

Their advice was simple: make it work for you. 

When it comes to choosing your career path, the first thing you should be thinking about is the financial situation you’re in and how you’ll be able to support yourself in the future.

 “If you want a career, it’s going to take a lot of money, but if you’re making £15,000 a year, you should have no problem finding that career,” Jason added. 

Both said they were also considering what type of clothing they’d like to buy in the near future. 

While the first step is making sure you’re earning enough money to pay for the clothing, the second is about how much money you can afford to spend on food and accommodation. 

Jason and Ashley said they did not want to be in a “crisis situation” by spending more money than they could afford, so they said it was crucial to look for the cheapest clothes that were “on sale”. 

“That’s the thing that keeps me coming back,” Jason told us.

“You can always find cheaper clothes, but I’m not going to be able afford to go out to a mall and buy them. 

Ashley said: “I know that the big brands can afford a lot, but for people, they can’t afford to buy stuff.

If I could afford to pay £100 for a pair of jeans, I wouldn’t have them.

I want to get a pair with some of the fabrics I love and not a pair that I don’t really need.” 

Jason added: If you’re a student who’s trying to get into the fashion world, you might have a bit of a hard time, but it’s not impossible. 

After having their own jobs, they have decided to spend more time working as fashion interns.

They’ve chosen to work at companies that cater to students, who can be offered more flexible working hours and paid holidays. 

They also want to help other fashion students through their education, so if you want your own internship, you’re welcome to apply. 

We asked them about their experiences of working in the clothes industry, and what advice would you give them.