Working at Condé Nast

elle_w00ds

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No doubt you will need to study some kind of journalism/professional communications degree.
Yes doubt. If you want to work in PR or fashion, a business degree is preferable and it also allows for more flexibility were you to decide differently later :)

I'll appropriate two of my friends for case studies:

Girl A is Danish, went to London to study marketing at London College of Fashion while working part time at that department store which isn't Harrod's throughout her course. She now does international PR for one of the major shoe brands (think Gianvito Rossi, not Birman or Schutz).

Girl B went to Georgetown for organisational studies while working for a contemporary prized boutique chain. She also completed an internship with a major auction house. She went on to write (and then edit) for a Condé Nast publication and is now in online retail.

Both girls come from extremely well connected families without which I highly doubt either of them would have landed the same jobs so shortly out of college. Both girls also come from minted families without which they wouldn't have been able to survive on fashion industry salaries.

If you have done any research at all you would probably already have stumbled upon this video, but I'll attach it just in case:
 
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Reviving this very dead thread because I've recently realised that my dream would be to work for a fashion magazine. I realise that it may seem a very cliche goal due to the popularity of films such as DVP, but fashion and writing are both huge interests of mine and I can't think of a job that I'd enjoy more than working for a Condé Nast publication, even though I know that the process would be difficult, unlike it's portrayed in movies.

As this forum has grown quite a lot since the 2015, I was wondering whether any of you girls have any additional insider information as to how to optimise my chances at working at a Condé Nast (or similar) publication. I'm still in high school and have a 4.0 GPA and a 99% average in English. I'd be particularly interested in writing for a magazine, so if anyone has any pointers into the best colleges to aim for (I'm assuming somewhere in NY would be ideal in order to make connections and have access to more opportunities throughout the year?), which degree would be ideal, internships to apply for and how to best prepare myself now while I'm still in high school, I'd appreciate it so so so much :luvluv:
I don’t know about the fashion industry exactly but I just wrote a lot and self published as well as submitted. This started my portfolio. Not long after doing this, I started writing for the magazine I was a fan of (social sciences). Although I no longer work for this magazine, they come to me for help as I now do editorial work as a freelancer. I started writing for the magazine company while I was in high school. I also got accepted as a writer for the community magazine (youngest on the team for both magazines).

A writer’s resume is different from a regular office job resume so if you’d like, I would be more than happy to help you.

I started making the switch from social science articles to books and business articles. Due to my strong background, it wasn’t too difficult. However, I actually know some stuff about business. I’m just expanding my topics to expand my portfolio and make it easier to get a writing job in fields I know nothing about.
 
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@lattelover in case it's helpful: I found a post from a woman who, as far as I can tell, didn't really have connections but wrote like crazy and really hustled during university. She ended up at Teen Vogue (her focus wasn't fashion—she did news and politics writing) and is now writing for Refinery 29. She has a post on her writing experiences during university and how she got into Teen Vogue.

Although her path is a bit different than what you described wanting, I think it's useful just to understand mechanically what she did—how she got a first job, how she pitched to publications, how she leveraged her existing experience—as I find a lot of career advice doesn't necessarily give you steps to follow, or a way of specifically understanding what someone did to get to their current career.
 
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Internships are what jobs in this industry are made of. Just start and get as many as you can and really apply yourself to try and meet as many people in the industry as you can through them and stay in touch.
 
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A friend of mine just got a job at Condé Nast - we used to study law together and he realised it's not for him. He always had a love for photography, art and beauty and just started writing on some topics. Apparently he just sent his cv and a few pieces and photos as a sample and got a job (at least that's the story he's telling :jackoff:).
I guess if you'll just keep trying and have a bit of luck, it might work for you as well! Just thought this story might give you some hope/motivation.
 
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Probably not somewhere anyone should aspire to work in this day and age. It is is ruins financially and I could probably see it lasting 3-5 years in its current state tbh. Sad but it's certainly not the place it used to be - better to work somewhere with a solid future IMO.
 
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Hi girls - not sure if this is the right place to post this, feel free to delete if it's inappropriate

I've realized in the last year that I really want to work in the magazine/publishing industry. Ideally I would love to be a top editor at Vogue or W or some similar Condé Nast publication. I love writing and editing, and I know I want to work at a job that incorporates different aspects of my passions and strengths. I want to write but I love the glamour of the publishing industry (although I am, of course, aware that it's much more glamorized in movies etc. and the reality would be much more gritty). Does anyone have any tips on how I should start going about preparing for this and what kind of internships I should apply for..? (I'm so sad that Condé Nast cut its intern program)
Hi! All of these tips are really great. I currently work in fashion as an Editor and a freelance fashion writer. Feel free to message me anytime!
 
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Hi! All of these tips are really great. I currently work in fashion as an Editor and a freelance fashion writer. Feel free to message me anytime!
Haha thank you gorgeous, that's really lovely of you--I actually ended up going in a very different direction career-wise but I appreciate the offer a lot and maybe someone else can benefit. (Plus congrats on what sounds like an amazing career! :kiss:)
 
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