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Full name: Nicole Gibbons

Age: Forever Young!

Location: NYC

Current title/company: Principal and creative director, Nicole Gibbons Studio LLC

Educational Background: Northwestern University, bachelor of science in communication studies

What was your first job out of college and how did you land that position?

My first job was as a PR assistant at a well-known fashion retailer. I worked there for nine years and rose through the ranks over the course of my tenure. I landed that job through a combination of talent, a strong internship background, and good timing. My first fashion PR internship was at KCD, a prestigious fashion PR agency. The company’s president, who is a very influential figure in the fashion world, is a Northwestern alum and hired me simply because I went to NU. I didn’t even have a formal interview. I completely understood how lucky I was at the time and have always been grateful for that opportunity because I learned so much, made great connections, and it helped me land my first PR job coming out of school. After interning at KCD, I interned in the Kiehl’s Since 1851 PR department, just prior to graduating. Someone there recommended me for my first full-time position. Coincidentally, the company also happened to be a client of KCD, so having interned there was tremendously helpful to me in landing the job, as was the personal recommendation.

Source: Judy Pak for The Everygirl