My time working in the Crew Headquarters was incredibly valuable as it enabled me to gain a greater understanding of areas that I had no previous experience in. In the period I was there I spent time with the Menswear, Womenswear, Garment Technology and Marketing teams, and undertook a range of activities in those departments. My first task was to sort through and organise product samples of the upcoming season for Menswear, which helped me get a better insight into the brand and who Crew were marketing themselves to. I also learnt about the process that the clothes go through before being sent to stores to be sold; something much more complex than I would ever have imagined!
One of the highlights of working with Womenswear was the opportunity I had to attend a fitting session. This gave me the chance to ask lots of questions about the brand and about people’s roles within the business, and everyone involved in the fitting made sure that I had plenty to do and knew exactly what was happening. Following this I worked with the Garment Technology Team – I found this particularly interesting as I was not even aware that the roles existed prior to coming to Crew! The huge level of detail that went into the different stages of garment product development was eye-opening, and I learnt a significant amount about how this team managed various technical aspects.
My final day was spent with the Marketing team. I began by looking through the promotional material for the upcoming season in order to familiarise myself with the approach that the team were taking with promoting the next season. After this I worked with the head of the department who talked me through the deadlines they work to, how the team operates, and she also answered the many questions I had about the sector. I also had the chance to do some proof reading, and I discovered that this is something I’m randomly very good at and really enjoy doing! I was then tasked with researching food bloggers and unique leather companies who could feature in the next catalogue. This tested my knowledge of the brand and I appreciated the opportunity to directly contribute to the team’s work. I learnt so much by working with a variety of departments within the business, and I really appreciated everyone taking time to welcome me into their teams and give me the opportunity to work alongside them!
During my work experience I met with Louise one evening to have a catch up about how my time with Crew was going, and also to discuss my career plans. Louise’s daughter joined us as she works for a recruitment company, so was able to give excellent advice about how to develop my CV and LinkedIn account. Louise was keen for me to develop my USP so that when I return from travelling I will be clear on how best to promote myself to companies, and have the confidence to sell myself as a great employee! Having Louise’s daughter there was also really useful because I could speak to her about the problems I was having with my dissertation, as she had recently graduated having gone through the same experiences. Speaking to both of these successful women was very valuable, and I came away from the ‘meeting’ feeling so much more confident about how best to approach my uni work along with a much clearer idea on how to create a strong CV and LinkedIn profile and how best to re-enter the working world!