I Went From Intern to EIC at Who What Wear—Here Are My 5 Career Tips

My name is Kat Collings, and as the title implies, my career at Who What Wear has followed an upward trajectory. I climbed the ladder and went from intern to editor in chief in five years. Many people and circumstances contributed to my success, but I’m responsible for it. OK, I must sound like a pretty confident robot… That may be what you see from the outside, but the truth is that I’m often skeptical of my ability, despite the bullet points on my résumé. I doubt myself a lot, and I don’t think I’m alone in this.

You’ve likely heard of the statistic that men apply for a job when they meet 60% of the qualifications while women apply only if they meet 100% of them. My takeaway: Women need to actively cultivate their confidence because (for way too many reasons to get into here) there’s a deficit. Thanks to Clique’s co-founders, who have always believed in me, I’ve been forced to gain confidence in myself (even if it’s still a work in progress) as I’ve moved from intern to assistant, associate editor, editor, senior editor, editorial director, and finally editor in chief. Today I want to share a few career tips to help close that confidence gap. Let’s get to it.