International Experiences – Nia Davies

At De Montfort University we place great emphasis on employability and are determined to produce truly global graduates. That’s why we have launched #DMUglobal, offering the majority of our students the chance of an international experience during their studies.

Look out for more international opportunities in 2014/15, which we’ll be revealing later this year.

Student in Fashion Buying and Marketing Nia Davies, 22, from Swansea,  has been working abroad in Holland as a buying intern for fashion company O’Neill. She tells us how working overseas has helped her boost her confidence and her CV.

Where are you working and how long have you been there?

I am at O’Neill head office in Holland as a buying intern. I have been here for 4 months but in total I will work here for 12 months.

Can you describe a typical day?

It’s always an early start as I have to be in the office by 8.30am. My day consists of meetings, fabric sourcing – which involves speaking to members in our Hong Kong office and other suppliers from all over the world – fit sessions, costings of the products and analysing all new styles and prototypes that have been sent to us. My working day finishes at 5pm. As I’m in Amsterdam, there is always plenty going on in the evenings!

How do you think you’ve benefited from having this overseas experience?

It really puts you out of your comfort zone, which massively pushes you in both the professional and personal aspects of your life.

Anything you wish you’d known before you went away?

Any general information about the country, language and work place would all have been helpful to know in order to make the move easier.

What are the best and worst bits about living abroad?

Best bits? Being able to embrace a new culture and meeting so many new people from all over the world.

Worst bits have been missing family and friends back in the UK.

Do you think this will increase your employability chances?

Massively so! To show that you’ve taken the commitment to move abroad to gain experience shows how passionate you are about what you want to do.

Now you’ve done it, do you think you will work abroad in future?

Yes, definitely – maybe not forever, but another few years abroad would be amazing!

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