Margarida Ferraz Dias
Graphic and Media Design
I believe this year in industry allows us to observe the good and bad things about employment, or in times of real desperation, only the bad things. Looking for an internship is definitely not an easy thing to do, specially after finishing such a great one, with the expectation of finding again a marvellous opportunity.
I finished my 2 month internship at Condé Nast, I felt I already at the swing of things when applying to different possible scenarios. But to be truly honest, it was harder than I expected. People have always told me that "once a good thing happens, a lot of them follow", which I believe but also agree that applies to bad situations. As a spiral of unfortunate situations, I really struggled to find something to do for a month and a half. As a consequence of not finding anything I felt unmotivated to work or even to anything at all. Something that seemed so easy for the past two placements, seemed impossible and it was making me very annoyed with myself and the free time ahead of me. By being a type of person who does not enjoy the "dolce far niente" type of life, I was happy to involve myself in the freelance project for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, allowing me to break the chains from my house and my laptop. It was a very exciting project with definitely very exciting approaches from all of the students. Also the opportunity to see some friends and share some experiences was a bonus from the pitch that I wasn't expecting to get.
I must say that looking for an internship is obviously the most awful thing that might ever exist but I believe every time I do it I get less affected by the amount of No's I get and just continue to email and email until someone finds me the right fit for them and so should you.