The Times Fashion Desk: What I Learnt

After being lucky enough to have recently completed a work experience placement on the Fashion section at The Times, I found myself surprised by a number of not-what-I-expected moments


After being lucky enough to have recently completed a work experience placement on the Fashion section at The Times, I found myself surprised by a number of not-what-I-expected moments.  In fact, nearly everything that really contradicted the Devil Wears Prada stereotype of fashion-journalism internships.  So, rather than listing what I did (there’s a million and one blogs that will tell you that), here’s what didn’t happen:

1)  I met no ‘fashion-daahling’ types.  In fact, everyone was down-to-earth and very hard workers.  Nobody sneered when I didn’t know the answer to something, but they were grateful and gracious when I asked questions (no matter how small or silly).  Yes, they were well dressed – what do you expect? – but people rarely clopped about in heels and diamonds.  Friendly and practical was the general air, which made for a healthy, hard-working mentality.

2)  I didn’t make one cup of tea.  I offered, many times.  In fact, probably too many times (as it turns out, the drinks machine at The Times was free-for-all, and had the best hot chocolate.  I could barely keep myself at my desk when I knew free, unlimited hot chocolate was a mere twenty paces away).  However, any maid-like duties were kindly refused.  Whilst this was only a small detail, it meant a lot to be treated as a fellow worker when I was very aware of my inferior status.  I would have come in early to hand-polish their desks if they’d asked (reeking of desperation) but thankfully this never transpired.

3)  I found out that money does not make the world go round.  As a student with a well-exercised overdraft limit, I was very aware of handling items of clothing in the fashion cupboard that cost more than a year’s rent.  But amongst these rarities, there was a plentiful supply of high street gear, and an attitude to mula that I found, frankly, a relief.  A particular revelation was the Editor (the big dawg) asking for my views on particular high street stores – had their OTT prices gone too far to make them viable options for normal shoppers?  ‘YES!’ I thought.  It’s what I spend most of my time thinking about when I walk around the bullring.  Unfortunately, my shock at being asked for an actual opinion meant that my answer was less than eloquent.  But hopefully she got the gist.

TOP TIP: To secure this work experience, I bit the bullet and rang The Times directly - they are inundated with emails of wok experience request, so a phone call makes all the difference when trying to get yourself noticed.

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Sarah Musgrove

Editorial Assistant & Life&Style Writer



Published

11th June 2012



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