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Vogue HBIC Anna Wintour shares valuable career advice

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

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?

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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