Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Job, New Internship, New Goals

The JOB: I realized a while ago that the beauty industry is a major interest of mine -- maybe even as much as fashion! Which is why Mallory in New York revolved solely around MAC's new collections for an extended period of time. [Come on, Don't pretend you didn't LOVE it!]

Absolutely loving my new job at CLINIQUE!
Back in April, I submitted a general resume to Estee Lauder. If you're not already aware of it, Estee Lauder is the Conde Nast of cosmetics. The company owns Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and, of course, Estee Lauder, as well as countless others.

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?!
Then, out of the blue, I got an email from Estee Lauder saying that there was an opening at Clinique in Macy's, and it was mine if I wanted it. Two days later, I went in for an interview with the Clinique Counter Manager, the Macy's Cosmetics Manager, and the Macy's Regional Manager. And, somehow, I GOT THE JOB!!

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!
It's pretty hard getting your foot in the door with internships. I saw this firsthand earlier this year when I was applying for my first internship [], and again in May when I was applying for a second internship with a well-known publication [Life & Style Weekly]. But now, 8 months later, I have two great internships on my resume, and an entirely NEW dilemma: Getting internships has become TOO easy.

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!
But, ultimately, I did choose one: Nicole Miller. [I let the others know that I'd already accepted something, but would LOVE to be considered for a Spring internship!] I picked up a great vibe from the office when I interviewed, and I was offered a Public Relations internship within the week!

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!
I started to pursue my longtime love of writing, possibly considering a career in journalism. Then, I began interning at Nicole Miller, and became extremely interested in pursuing PR. But -- I'd still love to be a buyer.

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 second choice would be to become a buyer. My boyfriend is interning at Saks, and is meeting all of the head people, as well as the buying team. Everyone LOVES working at Saks, and I definitely want to intern in the buying department the summer before my junior year [next summer]. I'd love to be either an Accessories or Cosmetics Buyer!

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]


  1. Wow, so many opportunities and so many paths you could take! You inspired me to intern and I am now an assistant stylist for a top modeling agency in my city! So thank you : )

  2. Love this post!! You are on your way doll!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  3. Wow, congratulations! :)

    Thanks for commenting. :)

  4. Wow,I should have taken a careful consideration before I make a decision for my job,just like what you have done here,A glamorous internship is really of great importance otherwise we would get tired and think that the job has been stuck,no more positive value...hope you get the your words..
    :D It would be really nice if you could check out my blog and follow back if you like it

  5. You are so gorgeous. Love your style and blog so much. I am your newest follower. Please follow me back...

    ♥Love from Turkey (Türkiye)♥

  6. Yey!!!! Congratulations Mallory!!!!I'm proud of you:) you deserved to do in life what you love. Always follow your dreams my dear!:) xoxo

  7. oh MIL congrats cherie. im sure you will go so far. (and yes! how can you not love makeup)
    mademoiselle mimi


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