Last Friday, Anna Wintour took questions from a group of fashion industry hopefuls. The result? A career advice gold mine that can actually apply to any profession. Scroll through for her must-know tips.
Tip 1: Learn from the pros first. It’s okay to work under someone.
“The only thing I worry a little bit about—going straight from school to starting your own business—is not that many succeed.” –Anna Wintour
Tip 2: Think about your long-term goals.
“It’s possible in today’s world to be instantly famous, whether it’s through Instagram or whatever platform it may be, but it’s a very different matter to be successful financially in the long term.” –Anna Wintour
Tip 3: Your personality and presentation matter. A lot.
“In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t really be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face. You have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus, and what you believe in. If you can’t be passionate about who you are and what you are doing: how can they [your audience] be?” –Anna Wintour
Tip 4: Get employed, even if it’s not your dream job.
“Go get a job. Whether it’s working as a designer or working in a restaurant and then doing your own thing in your own time. It’s a reality of life. In the end it’s going to be helpful to you and so many others.” –Anna Wintour
Tip 5: Make sure you have a mentor.
“It’s important to have someone to talk to and discuss everything with and bounce ideas off of.” –Anna Wintour
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever heard?