Second Life is my newest obsession. This podcast, hosted by Hillary Kerr (founder of Who What Wear, Byrdie Beauty, and MyDomaine), interviews women who have made a big career jump or change in trajectory.
As someone with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management (and someone who stresses frequently about what next looks like), this kind of stuff fascinates me.
Hearing about women and their professional journeys have been inspirational for me because we get to hear about why decisions were made, what risks were taken, and advice they’d give their past selves (or other women in their shoes).
All of these women are positive, driven, and want to bring others along with them. Their stories are encouraging and add additional layers to the women I already believed were incredible.
Hillary – if you’re still doing this podcast in a decade, can I be a guest?
who you can expect to hear from
Here are a few of the women I’ve listened to –
Candice Nelson of Sprinkles (who started out working at an Investment Bank and in Silicon Valley)
Christina Tosi of Milk Bar (who has a degree in Engineering)
Ty Haney of Outdoor Voices (who combined her Parsons School of Design training with her love for being active)
Eva Chen of Instagram (who worked her way up in magazines, is now head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, and just published a children’s book)
… and many more.
why you should listen
This podcast is worthwhile because it is
and always looking out for the listener.
They share practical advice (some of which is to the right) and reflect on why the decisions made have such an impact on where they are today. Even if you aren’t familiar with the woman or her enterprise, I’ve always found the podcast to be insightful.
My Favorite Tips
I haven’t exhausted the episodes yet, but so far I’ve found quite a few great tips from these women. While these things may not be ground-breaking or new revelations, it’s always good to hear the tried and true (and that it works).
- Do your research and get specific about it. Do you want to get into a certain industry? Don’t just say that you want to get into “fashion” and be “creative” but know (or start learning about) what specifically you want to do. For the example “fashion,” you could want to work on the editorial side or photography or styling or designing; it doesn’t help anyone to be general, especially for people who want to help you.
- Reach out for information or do informational interviews. Ask questions, hear what a day-to-day looked like, and get a gauge on whether or not you’re actually even interested in pursuing this field/sub-field. As it isn’t a job interview specifically, you can ask the tough questions and feel more relaxed.
- Don’t be afraid about career transitions. Each opportunity or study you have gives you more insight going into the next.