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Next Gen: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take risks

A panel of this year’s Drapers 30 Under 30 winners gave their top tips for career success at Drapers Next Generation today in London.

Next Gen

Next Gen

In January, Drapers announced its latest 30 Under 30 – the young people who are the future of the fashion industry. A panel of the winners shared shared the career rules that have made them a success.

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, especially if you can learn from them
  • Don’t pigeonhole yourself – get experience from everywhere in the business
  • Don’t be scared of taking risks. Move out of your comfort zone
  • Find a job that you like and prove that you can excel. Opportunities will arise from there
  • If you’re not learning anything, move on, but don’t just leave for the money
  • Education is important but experience will help you get to the next level
  • Always go above and beyond your job spec – do more than your role demands
  • People buy people: your personal brand is hugely important

The panel consisted of River Island ecommerce merchandising manager James Malysz; BTS Group associate director Pawan Sharma; Arcadia Group senior international retail operations co-ordinator Marjolein Wind; and Jack Wills business solutions manager Cloe Stone.

Meet the full 2017 Drapers 30 Under 30 cohort here.


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