“Success Is Often Achieved By Those Who Don’t Know That Failure Is Inevitable” – Coco Chanel
After being in New York for over a year now, it would seem as though many people would judge my success on whether or not I have a job and a stable life. I however, disagree with this view and measure my success by what I have achieved to date and what this gives me the opportunity to do in the next few years.
Wanting a career in PR, namely fashion PR, has it’s difficulties. Everyone seems to want you and adore you but nobody seems to want to pay you or make you permanent. I have been lucky enough to have internships with some of the most amazing fashion houses and PR agencies and am still, like a lot of people at the moment, struggling to convert that into a salaried position.
To support myself during my first few months here, I went out and worked at Starbucks and if anything, that turned out to be invaluable preparation for a fashion internship – people are still in awe that I can memorize an order without needing to take a post-it! Was working at Starbucks a failure when I moved out here to be a PR fashionista? Absolutely not. It made me some friends and gave me a routine that helped me adapt to my new surroundings.
During these difficult ‘recessionista’ times, don’t look at not making your goals as a personal failure; if this was the case, the whole world would be a standstill. Choose to look on what you’re doing as building a foundation and adding to your resume, nothing us early twenty-somethings do has to define us, instead it can contribute to what we become.