"Working my socks off" for my love of clothes! My Work America story

Keane Shaw, 19 from Nottingham, tells us how Work America helped kick start his dream career in fashion!

I'd like to share my BUNAC experience with everyone.

I always dreamed of working and living in America, but wanted to test out the real deal before I settled on moving there. BUNAC was the perfect way for me to do this.

I left for America on 6th July and headed to Boston. I had no job arranged and had arranged accommodation via craigslist, living with college students attending North-eastern University. My first priority was to find work. I wandered around the city handing out CVs and enquiring everywhere. Then I came across an Open Call day at American Apparel, on Boston's best shopping destination, Newbury Street.

On July 18th I went to the Open Call, being the only boy and probably the only Englishman out of 40/50 people. I got a call a week later and, what do you know, I got the job!
I have always dreamed of a career in fashion or working in retail and never got the chance in UK, so to work for one of the best, most recognised companies globally in Boston, MA was a dream I never thought would have came true.

I worked my socks off, working 65 hours a week (one day doing a 20 hour shift overnight!)
This hard work paid off resulting in getting transferred to American Apparel on Oxford Street, London when I came home.

After I finished working in Boston I went travelling for 2 weeks around North East America, visiting New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

I never could have done this without the help of BUNAC and I look forward to completing the programme again next year.

Thank you!

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