Countless creatives dream of working for world-renowned fashion house Christian Dior - but for two RMIT students that dream became reality.
Sarah Clemens and Ellen Hinder recently completed a prestigious two-week work experience program with the luxury fashion label at its Australian headquarters in Sydney.
Ms Clemens, a second year Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) student, said the Dior team were "lovely" and gave her valuable insight into the fashion industry.
"Being part of the work culture and environment at Christian Dior proved to me that this is the type of brand and organisation I want to work for," she said.
Ms Clemens worked within the public relations and communications departments during the program.
She said it was beneficial to see first-hand how the marketing and public relations teams executed strategies and objectives.
"I was given the chance to create a folio for a new jewellery line and undertook buying trend analysis," she said.
Ms Hinder is a second year student in the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile (Merchandising).
She said the Dior program had given her a behind-the-scenes view of the business of fashion, while her RMIT degree had allowed her to "dive straight into the industry".
"Working with Dior helped me to realise what my capabilities are and I was excited to actually apply these in a real industry work place," she said.
"My portfolio looks a lot more impressive and I have made valuable contacts within the industry."
She said the experience has allowed her to refine her chosen career path.
"RMIT has provided me with numerous opportunities to connect with leading industry figures and organisations such as Christian Dior," she said.
"The course I am completing is very hands on and equips students with the skill set to step out into the industry."
College of Design and Social Context Deputy Director of Vocational Education, Lisa Thompson, said the work experience program had direct benefits for students and global employers.
"RMIT's focus on industry practice and industry engagement gives graduates the edge in the employment market," she said.
"Participation in industry-based learning helps our students to make informed employment choices, adds to their professional portfolios, extends their industry networks and connections, and bridges their learning in authentic and exciting ways."