Figuring out how to get started is often the hardest part of beginning anything new. Madison Maxy secured some impressive internships at top-named brands, and has worked with the likes Google, North Face, and Calvin Klein. Here are a few tips on how you can break through, too.
1. Be Resourceful
Whether it's an internship, first job, or networking meeting, be sure to do your research. Take a look at businesses and the people who work there, and find out all the information you can. Sometimes things take more effort than expected. For Madison, finding a list of corporate emails and reaching out to a hundred contacts led to an internship at Tommy Hilfiger.
2. Listen and Learn
Constructive criticism is meant to be just that: constructive. It's important to learn from your mistakes and accept feedback from others. A lot of things in life are iterative, it's not always about the destination but instead what it took to get there.
3. Adaptability is Key
Honing your craft can be a delicate balance, but having flexibility in doing so can make all the difference – especially when it comes to solving problems. Opportunities become endless when you're open to possibility. When you have a "toolbox" of options at your disposal, it allows you to face adversity with confidence.
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