I am sure other members can give better advice/tips but I can share with you the experience of my friend who works for Vogue. She didn't do any internships or the like until she got to uni. As you are still in high school my advice would be to start thinking about what you want to study at university and start preparing for that. No doubt you will need to study some kind of journalism/professional communications degree. I'd do some research into what universities have the best journalism/communications courses and what ATAR you need to get into your chosen course.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
My friend studied a Bachelor of Journalism. While at uni she did a range of internships which she got simply through cold-calling organisations! Her dream job was to work for a fashion magazine but that didn't come until approximately 5 years after she finished uni. Her first job after finishing uni was a local community newspaper. While working for the local newspaper, she cold-called a few fashion magazines and arranged to have coffees with the Editors in Chief to try and get her name out there. Eventually a job came up at Vogue which she applied for and because the Editor in Chief remembered my friend from having coffee with her, my friend was successful in landing the job.
One thing you could start doing now (if you aren't already) is "studying" - my friend said she was basically preparing her whole life for the job at Vogue. For as long as she can remember she would read books and magazines about fashion to improve her knowledge (not just reading fashion magazines, but texts about designs, designers and the history of fashion and design etc). She was also a member of TFS and spent a lot of time reading and engaging on the forums. She also said she read criticism of her favourite fashion writers and studied their work.
Hope that helps