|Absolutely loving my new job at CLINIQUE!|
I received a call a few days later, requesting a phone interview. The interview [called Talent Plus, as I later found out] was 45 minutes long with a rep from corporate Estee Lauder. They asked questions, I answered, and somehow, I PASSED!
A few days later, I got an email saying that there were no openings at Estee Lauder, and would I be interested in Clinique? Um, YEAH!
Days passed, emails were exchanged, and yet, no word from Clinique. By now, we've all learned that I am a very persistent person. So what did I do? I borderline stalked the HR department, and landed an interview with Aveda in SoHo!
The interview went well, but I didn't get the job. By this time I had pretty much forgotten about Estee Lauder, and I began the interviewing process for Juicy Couture. I also landed a job at Uniqlo as a temporary thing, which I soon quit.
|Come on, how can you NOT love makeup that's GOOD for you?!|
I've been working for a few weeks now, and I absolutely LOVE IT! It's slightly weird though, because I'm the youngest Beauty Advisor in the ENTIRE Cosmetics and Fragrance Department. But -- I've met my sales goals every day I've worked, which is pretty impressive, especially considering the fact that I don't even know how to put makeup on! But hey, its a work in progress. ;) [Update: I have now mastered the are of applying makeup, sans eyeshadow.]
The INTERNSHIP: I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Interning is THE MOST important thing you can possibly do when pursuing a career in a creative field. Unfortunately, the majority of my peers haven't quite realized this yet. I, on the other hand, have caught on pretty early.
|Nicole Miller Fall 2011 Collection. Gorgeous!|
Now, I know this sounds very ungrateful and extremely un-problematic, but honestly, when you're choosing between internships with great companies like Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Nicole Miller, and Harper's Bazaar [along with many others], choosing just one isn't easy. They're all such amazing opportunities -- I don't want to turn any down OR burn any bridges!
|I saw the designer herself the other day!|
I started interning at Nicole Miller two weeks ago, and its absolutely incredible. Again, I'm the youngest [I'm a freshman while everyone else is either a senior or out of school!], but I don't mind. After all -- I'm learning so much about Fashion PR! And -- the best part -- there's a STARBUCKS in the building!!
The [New] GOALS: Originally, I came to New York to go to FIT, major in Fashion Merchandising, and become a buyer at Macy's. But upon arriving, I soon realized that there is FAR more to fashion than designing and merchandising.
|I'm aiming to intern at Vogue next Spring!|
So, I guess I don't have quite as clear a goal as before, but I have something better -- A LOT of great options! My first choice would be to pursue a career in journalism [ideally, I'd love to be at Marie Claire, Nylon, or Elle!] but unfortunately, its pretty hard to find a job in magazines these days. And, if you are so lucky to actually find a job, you'll get paid less than 40K a year, which is definitely NOT good enough for the lifestyle I want, or even the one I have right now!
|I'd love to be a Cosmetics or Accessories buyer at Saks!|
My third choice would be to go into Fashion or Beauty Public Relations. As previously mentioned, I'm loving my experience at Nicole Miller so far! And by December [when my internship ends] I'm sure I'll love it even more!
So, now that my personal / professional life is a little less hectic, I'd like to thank all of you for bearing with me on my endless ramblings revolving solely upon my never-ending stress [i.e. the desire to find the PERFECT internship!]. I am well aware I can get boring and/or repetitive, but thankfully that's all over with. Now, I can finally get back to doing what I love: Blogging about pretty things! [cue fireworks]