Fashion Entrepreneur Podcast

Fashion Originators

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Hi.

Welcome to Fashion Originators, a podcast hosted by me, Stephanie Irwin. Every other week, I interview game-changing fashion entrepreneurs. Each episode, THEY share their wins, losses and wisdom – all to inspire your career and personal goals.

How not getting an internship helped me find my purpose #motivationmonday

How not getting an internship helped me find my purpose #motivationmonday

Before the end of second year university, I knew two things for certain: 

1. I needed to get a killer internship 

2. I would've sold off my firstborn to intern at "XXXXXX" company

After months of being ignored by other fashion companies, I felt it was awfully bold to email company #2. After all, why would they reply to ME? WHO AM I to reach out to my favourite fashion company? 

Regardless, I had a feeling.

A couple days later, I was walking down Oxford street and my phone suddenly rang. Like most millennials, I was shocked that someone who didn't think I had been 'in a car accident that wasn't my fault' was actually bothering to call me. Also, it happened to be the hiring manager of company #2. 

Before I knew it, I was in their office twenty minutes later, trying my best to avoid fainting. After that first interview, I returned 6+ times for more interviews. While the opportunity itself didn't work out (I ultimately wasn't available for long enough), I feel surprisingly indebted to company #2 nonetheless. 

As part of the interview process, I had to write a research essay on a fashion topic I'm passionate about. For the paper, I decided to write about Canadian fashion, and to explore why so many Canadian designers leave Canada and never come back. To make this paper a reality, I had to interview prominent young Canadian designers and business people. I edited the paper 100 million times, and I knew it was great.

After speaking to so many individuals, I not only became more passionate about my heritage, but I also became more clear on my purpose. Overtime, I realized that I wasn't meant to work there at all. Instead, company #2 were meant to reinforce my deep passion for fashion business, collaboration and supporting young talent. 

In telling you this story, I want to underline one fundamental message -- life is wack. Often, things you view as best for you in one way are best for you in a different way. Finding your purpose can often come out of something negative. 

Point being, if you're feeling discouraged on this Monday morning, KEEP GOING. Regardless of your industry, the more you do and create, the closer you'll get. Honestly, I'm still honing my purpose everyday. 

 

 

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