Subject: Meet Charlotte Berriman, intern at Arcadia
For any uni student, the prospect of getting a real job once you graduate is pretty scary. So what better way to prepare yourself for when that time comes, than to do a sandwich year. I’m not talking BLT‘s or Tuna Mayo, I’m on about working full time for a year in the industry you’re studying IN-BETWEEN your degree to put you wayyy ahead of the game. And did I mention it’s paid? It’s competitive out there, so it’s important to do everything you can to stand out. I chatted with a girl who is juggling to get her hustle on whilst still being a student. Meet Charlotte…
Name: Charlotte Berriman
Job Title: Merchandising Admin Assistant
Where are you interning and what are your responsibilities?
I’m interning at Arcadia, Wallis in London. As a MAA my main responsibilities include: creating a daily sales report, allocating stock from the DC to stores, making sure items have been MDA’d and Booked so they come in to stores when planned, presenting junior trade as well as many other tasks.
What is the thing that has surprised you most about interning?
How difficult and different it is to my degree. I have been interning at Wallis for around 4 months and in this time I have grown up massively, also it is incredible how much I’ve learnt and that I still continue to learn new skills and information daily.
Do you see yourself in this role in the future?
Before starting my placement year I knew nothing about merchandising! However, I am loving every minute of the job and definitely wouldn’t rule this job role out for the future.
Why did you decide to do a sandwich year at uni?
I watched my older sister do a sandwich year for her course at university and saw the benefits it had. I also think it’s very important these days to have as much as experience you can get, as there is so much competition when applying for jobs!
Biggest lesson learned?
That not everything is spoon fed to you like in university and school! Throughout my time here I have grown up massively and have learnt if I am persistent with a task and use my initiative I normally can work out the problem. I think this is a massive lesson and will benefit me in the future and during my final year at university!
One piece of advice for people who want to work in fashion?
Be aware that every day is different and presents new challenges. The one thing I have learnt in the fashion industry is how fast paced it is! However, this means that days vary so much which is an amazing part of my job as I get to experience so much in a year!
Where can we find you?
LinkedIn: Charlotte Berriman