What advice can you offer to Everygirls contemplating a career change but are unsure what steps to take? If you lack experience, how do you get your foot in the door for a paid position? What are employers looking for regarding entry-level applicants?
1. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to figure it out right away. Explore all of your interests, and through the process of exploration, you’ll discover the things you love, the things you don’t, and the things that you’re really good at.
2. Network. Talk to everyone you know and anyone you can get connected with in the field you want to work in. Not only will you learn a ton by talking to these people, but forging these relationships can also help open doors.
3. Intern. If you lack experience, an internship can provide you with an excellent, real-world education while helping you build your résumé. All of my internships were unpaid but invaluable experiences.
What advice do you have for women looking to find or create a position in either fashion or interior design? What skills or personality attributes do you believe are necessary to succeed in these industries?
Tap into your networks to find out about opportunities. There are also some great resources online. Editor at Large keeps a great database of jobs in the interior design industry, and there are many similar sites that list fashion opportunities. Intern in the field to ensure it's right for you. Also, you can’t be timid if you want to land a job at a high-profile fashion or design company. It's like the saying in The Devil Wears Prada: "A million girls would die for that job." It's so true. There will naturally be more competition for the most coveted positions, so you really have to stand out. You have to be assertive, determined, and really prove yourself to win in that kind of position.
In 2008, you launched your popular interior design blog, So Haute, which attracts readers in more than 135 countries across the globe. What inspired you to start your blog? How has your blog impacted your career? What has been the most rewarding experience that has come from starting your blog?
I started the blog back in "the early days." I was devouring all of the shelter magazines and reading other design blogs and I really just wanted a creative outlet to share my own options about the things I loved, so I started the blog on a whim in January of 2008. The blog has turned out to be such an incredible platform for me and has helped me to forge strong relationships with influencers and brands in the design world. The most rewarding experience has been creating amazing friendships and relationships with people I’ve met through blogging.
Source: Judy Pak for The Everygirl