While I’m on my Christmas Holidays from college, the responsibility and need-to-look-ahead is always there. I’ve been keeping a scrapbook of photoshoots, layouts, pieces, articles, etc yada yada for some time now, of inspirational bits and pieces. It was only yesterday evening as I was browsing through the annals of this scrapbook, that I came across a piece from British ELLE on the 55 Tips for a Strong Career.
As is obvious from the title, it’s a compilation of advice and tips, sourced from the most successful and entrepreneurial in all realms of the world, as how to go about what it is you want, from the career you want. Below, I’ve picked some of the 55 Tips that I will bear in mind as I navigate the months ahead of me.
“Dress for the position you want, not for the one you have” – Nicole Caruso, celebrity publicist
“Get as much work experience as you can. While you’re doing all that box packing and photocopying, you’re getting an opportunity to understand the ins and outs of that industry, even if the tasks might seem trivial.” – Whitney Bromberg-Hawkings, European Director of Communications, Tom Ford
“Don’t micro-manage your career. Companies close, jobs go to other people and your career will take unforseen routes. Give yourself a break, go with it and enjoy the ride.” – Carrie Gorman, editor of ELLEuk.com
“Read biographies of women you admire. The lives of Coco Chanel and fashion journalist and editor Diana Vreeland have truly inspired me. They often provide illumination in dark times as well as bright.” – Maureen Paley, curator and gallery owner
“My favourite quote regarding working women is from Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state to the USA, who said: ‘There is as special place in hell for women who don’t help other women’. You get the point.” – Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of ELLE
“Look the part, be the part, act the part. You shouldn’t only be a reflection of yourself, but the company you work for too. Present yourself well and remember your responsibility as an ambassador for your company.” – Marigay McKee, fashion and beauty director, Harrods
“Constantly re-assess your approach. I’ve learnt the most from the mistakes I’ve made. It’s the best way to improve.” – Justine Fairgrieve, PR director, Preen/Erdem/Giles
“We are not briefcase-carrying, pinstripe-wearing career machines who just happen to have vaginas. Anna Quindlen once asked, ‘Was the point of this great social revolution to lead imitation lives of men?’ Find your own unique way to navigate the workplace.” – Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post
“You are the only person who has to walk in your shoes. Listen to the voice of others, but ultimately listen to yourself. Always stay true to you and your vision.” – Hannah Marshall, designer
“Visualise what you want to achieve. The first day I joined Selfridges as a sales associate, I met the womenswear buyer and knew I wanted that job. Without visualising this goal, I wouldn’t have been able to work my way up.” – Anita Barr, director of womenswear, Selfridges
“If you want to work in the media, journalists don’t just need to be great writers, they need to edit, understand social media, make audio and video pieces, even plan events.” – Krissi Murison, editor, NME