The internship I have been accepted at is the Creative Intern position at BESTSELLER Wholesale UK. It 4 weeks long and it started on the 17th of April 2018 and finished on the 11th of May 2018.

The goal I set for this internship was to be open to learn as many new skills as possible, take every challenge and opportunity that comes my way and give my best work. I knew it was an amazing chance to grow and develop my professional experience. I didn’t really know what to expect from the role itself and the actual workload, but I was excited to open this new chapter of my career.

Once I’ve started the internship it became clear what my job would be. The role of the creative intern entailed providing creative support to the in-house graphic designer on various projects. These varied from technological projects such as setting up screens and touch screens, to more creative ones such as designing showroom graphics, online assets for key accounts such as Debenhams, researching design projects, assisting in product photoshoot for the social channels, mocking-up store window displays, creating internal tools like flyers, card holders, posters and even creating an interactive internal tool with JavaScript. I was given a lot of responsibilities and never felt as if I was just an intern that would be there for a limited amount of time. There was a lot of freedom in the daily tasks that I was given and in the approach that I chose to take.

During the 3rd week of the internship, the in-house graphic designer that I was working with was out of the office on a business trip in Denmark, which meant all the jobs that would come his way would be directed to me. It was one of the most nerve-racking experience, as although I had started to get in the swing of the job and how things worked, having the full responsibility of all the jobs put a lot of pressure on me. At the same time, it was one of the best weeks in which I learnt the most: how to deal with multiple deadlines and tasks, managing my schedule, dealing with people from different departments and producing high quality content within the set guidelines. It was also the week I got the chance to work directly with the management, especially the project manager who was briefing all the jobs in.

I have learnt a tremendous number of things from this internship. My personal skills have heavily developed – from how to behave and work in a big office, how to effectively communicate with a whole range of people to how to present my own ideas, how to accept criticism and use it to my advantage, how a full-time job would look like and how to build relationships and friendships in a work environment. In addition to that,  I’ve massively improved my working ethic and style, my time management skills, my knowledge in the Adobe Creative Suite software, the way I approach a problem or brief and most importantly my design and creative skills.

One of the first tasks that I was given was on the second day of the internship and it was the task of creating an online banner for BESTSELLER’s biggest brand – Jack & Jones – for the Debenhams website. I was incredibly excited to be given such an important and big job and equally terrified. This really challenged my creative side and helped me shift my perspective on design and the angles I would use to tackle this task. It was extremely satisfying to complete the job and it made me realise that this is the path that I would love to follow in the future.

One of the most challenging and stimulating jobs I received was to create the concept of a John Lewis window display for one of their brands – Selected Homme. The brief was to create something creative that would catch people’s attention and impress customers. It was a difficult task but I took the challenge and was excited to step out of my comfort zone and test my limits. This job taught me to think realistically and not get carried away by unpractical and grand ideas. I learnt there is a thin line between creative and unrealistic. It also taught me how to work under pressure, to stop putting pressure on myself to deliver my best work and how to manage time and people’s expectations.

Looking back, there are things that I could have done better or improved if I were to go through this experience again. For instance, I would put less pressure on myself to come up with the most creative and unique solutions. Although this did challenge me to do my best work, being more relaxed and less stressed about jobs would have, perhaps, made my ideas and work flow better. Moreover, I would focus more on talking and interacting with more people from the office and build more relationships with people in various roles.

The outcome of the internship was incredible and surpassed all my expectations. I came at the end of it with so many new skills, from improving my Photoshop and Illustrator dexterity and efficiency, to learning the actual process of starting a project from a brief to completion, working within guidelines yet coming up with something creative and experience what a full-time job feels like, I can safely say it was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had. And what made this entire internship even more special is that I was offered a part-time position at the end of it. It’s been now a year since I’ve done the internship and almost 9 months from the start of my part-time role and the next step is to become full-time in July. Not only did this improve my skills and personal growth, but it started and defined my career.

However, the biggest thing I learnt from the internship and this whole experience is the career path I wanted to follow. Before this internship I was juggling between going into the film industry or becoming a photographer or focusing on social media content production. But by getting this internship and this role, I discovered what the next phase of my career and life would be. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from this internship.