As a fashion student completing a 4-year sandwich degree course, I know first-hand the importance of gaining experience in a live environment via internships and placements. When initially applying for roles last year, the number of unpaid internships seemed to be rising. Whilst many of these unpaid internships would be beneficial to complete, it is unrealistic for a student to move to London and fund themselves financially. People my age are now wanting to be more financially independent rather than reliant on student finance and asking parents for money, and so many will turn down or choose not to apply for these vacancies regardless of the long term benefits they have. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity FashionCapital have provided me with, I am learning a lot and gaining a large amount of hands on experience that I will be able to use in my future as well gaining invaluable insight into the many roles the fashion, manufacturing and textiles industry has to offer – something I may not necessarily have gained if I had chosen not to conduct a placement year.