At the ripe young age of 26, Katherine Schwarzenegger has accomplished a lot, including authoring two books, I Just Graduated… Now What? and Rock What You’ve Got, as well as launching a successful lifestyle blog.
As a panelist at our #BossNotes fashion and career summit , Schwarzenegger shared some her professional tips and tricks at Westfield in Topanga Canyon on April 2. Below, she gives seven pieces of advice she thinks every woman should follow in her career, as well as her work wardrobe essentials. Keep reading to get it all.
“My mom taught me that I should use those college years to try out different jobs and have new and different experiences to try to figure out what I really wanted to do and what I didn’t want to do. When I graduated, I felt extra pressure to have it figured out because I thought whatever I chose to do out of college was what I had to do for the rest of my life, like generations before us. The beauty of all of the new jobs and the career space now is that what you choose to do after graduation does not have to define you and is not by any means what you need to do forever; you can have eight different jobs by age 30, and that’s okay.”
“When I was in college, someone once told me that you have no reason to be doubtful, anxious, nervous, or scared in any situation as long as you are fully prepared. Whether it’s a test, speech, interview, career change, as long as you prepare, you are good to go. For most of us graduating college, job interviews can be nerve-racking and intense. For most of us girls, figuring out what we are going to wear is half the battle.”
“Ladies, keeping it simple and professional is always a safe and great way to go. Skinny jeans, heels, and a blazer is always a safe bet, but mostly you should wear whatever it is you feel comfortable in, because you want to exude confidence, comfort, and a ready-to-work attitude, and as crazy as it sounds, your outfit has a lot to do with how this is translated to your employer. Don’t come into an interview tired, overly made up, dressed inappropriately, chewing gum (my mother’s biggest pet peeve), or in a bad mood. Arrive early, be kind (it goes a long way), and always be wearing a smile!”
“Part of the preparation and calming your mind is setting a routine for yourself so you can get in the right headspace to go out and conquer your day. For me personally, I wake up in the morning, walk my dog, make or get a coffee, and read my emails. By having this routine, I can properly prepare and get myself ready mentally, physically, and emotionally.”
“Whether you are in college, a year out of school, or you have been in the workforce for 10 years, it’s always important to set goals for yourself. Maybe you want to be the best at your position, get a promotion, become the boss, start a business, or change careers altogether. Having some goals set in place for yourself keeps you motivated and gives you something to set your focus on to make sure you achieve it. With everything I do, I always set the goal to try my hardest and do my best, whether I am relaunching my website and setting a goal of how many people I want to reach monthly, or I want to grow my social numbers, or write a post that will be the best post on that particular topic, or writing another book and wanting a certain outcome—all these goals help drive me to do better and keep pushing.”
“No matter what space you are in, it’s always great to have people to look up to, admire, and, most importantly, learn from. When you are your own boss, sometimes knowing what the next steps are can be confusing, since there is no map or guideline for success. Having people I can look up to and admire is a constant motivator; I admire so many people, those closest to me like my parents, siblings, and friends, as well as people I watch from afar whose careers and life choices inspire me as well. Pick someone whose career you admire but also whose life choices you admire, who they surround themselves with, what kind of person they are, how they give back to others, what kind of life they live, etc.”
“I know when something doesn’t turn out the way I thought it would or the way I wanted it to, I can get really down and hard on myself. I think it’s important to keep in mind that we are all human, and the idea that we have to be perfect all of the time is unrealistic and sets us up for disappointment. Be kind to yourself; surround yourself with people who will build you up even when you get knocked down, who love you for you, and, most of all, who will always be real with you. At the end of the day, that is how you should measure success, not by how many books you sold, how many people know you or how much money you’ve made. Measure your success by your happiness, your hard work, and looking at those closest to you and feeling loved.”
Keep scrolling for Schwarzenegger’s work outfit essentials, all available at Westfield.