5 pieces of invaluable career advice that will help you get to the top

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  • Some of the inspirational women that we've met on our Mentor Scheme share their number one piece of advice for getting to the top...

    ‘Be your own best salesperson. You have to believe in yourself and your product 100 per cent. And get practical: you can have wonderful creative vision, but that’s nothing without a viable business plan.’ Chloe Lonsdale, creative director of MiH. 

    ‘Make an effort to meet people because that’s how you build your network. And grab all the work experience you can. It’s the people who are curious and open-minded about different opportunities who have the most interesting careers.’ Camilla Harrisson, CEO of M&C Saatchi

    ‘You’ve got to stay in the game. When it gets hard, you just have to keep going. Try to enjoy everything, even the tough bits, because that’s how you learn.’ Atalanta Weller, shoe designer. 

    ‘Do the job you’re doing as well as you can, and the next one will come along. My father told me that, and it’s what’s got me to where I am today.’ Antonia Hurford-Jones, channel director of Sky Living. 

    ‘Anyone looking to start their own brand should do their research and make sure there’s a gap in the market. As long as you understand the business and know your objectives, you’ll get there in your own way.’ Rebecca Hopkins, co-founder of natural beauty brand Balance Me. 

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