Work

The work consisted of a research report, designs (and what comes along with it) and a process video showing the making of the garment. It was pretty much very academic unlike what I expected; in other words, it was more of the work I did at my University (UPSA). There was a lot of freedom when it came to the work that had to be turned in. On one hand that was great, because I could let myself be free in the way I carried out my research format, my designs and its process demonstration. This internship was really an opportunity to do more of what I love and to actually show my capabilities within my career. That was great, beautiful and fun! I also learned about project management more than any other thing. I can now say I can apply Gantt charts to my future projects. Nonetheless, I would've really appreciated if there was a close follow up of the work I was doing. At first, I felt a little lost so I kind of had to find my way through on my own. Constant feedback and more interaction between the employer and the employee would've also helped a lot. But all in all, it was an interesting first-time internship for my career so I truly encourage more of it.

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Experience

My internship was rather remote, so unfortunately, I couldn’t see the wonders of Dhaka. Nevertheless, I can say that a remote internship really allowed me to pull all-nighters without worrying how to get to place B, or about transportation. I could also remain close to my family yet being somewhere else at the same time. Since there was less of a need to move from one place to another, there was definitely a lot of time to work on what I wanted. There was also no stress about being in a foreign country.

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Working under pressure, project management, try and repeat.

Working under pressure: I am usually not a person that leaves things for the end; I usually do things with spare time. This time, however, I decided to let things flow and although I felt like deadlines were a little on top, I was able to work for prolonged periods of time to meet the deadlines. During the process, perhaps you won’t be happy with your work but in the end, it will all look very put together and make sense.

Project Management: I had no idea about Gantt charts before the internship. When I planned all of my work with it, I was able to have a view of how my month would look and how long it would take each thing. It turned out a useful tool that encouraged me to to use it in future projects.

Try and Repeat: I have not done the garments I did for this internship before. I was afraid it would turn out badly, but fortunately I ended up really liking my work. It was then when I was reminded of the fun of challenges and of the unknown. I thought, “you just have to do. If you don’t know how to start, do whatever, but start and do, and you'll find your way through on your own. This is how you will discover how to make things better and plus it will stay with you”.

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