When you get the opportunity to sit down with one of NZ's most prominent girlbosses, your answer is always yes, right? In our humble opinion, gleaning career advice from Kiwi fashion designer Juliette Hogan is just like striking gold, which is why we were super excited to hear every pearl of wisdom she shared at a recent event put on by careers blog The Workher.
In the world of fashion, Juliette Hogan is a force to be reckoned with. With her label celebrating 10 years of success in the NZ fashion industry, Juliette knows a thing or two when it comes to building her brand and cementing herself as a successful businesswoman.
When your career first began, how did you overcome obstacles and find the will to keep on going?
I am very determined and stubborn fortunately, so I stick things out. You're challenged by the idea that something might not go to plan, and wonder if you should be doing something else.
How did you know that this was going to work so well for you?
I kept a diary and noted down at the end of each day whether I felt happy or sad. Of course, there was more happy days and now I can't picture myself in any other line of work.
Right back at the very beginning, how did you know that you were ready to start your own line?
My father was self-employed so from a young age I have always assumed that people work for themselves. I always had high expectations of myself to succeed in a self-employed manner.
What is some advice you'd give to young woman who are new to work or wanting to start their own ventures?
Being confident with what you are producing is extremely important. When you are confident and excited about what you are doing, people want to be a part of that. If you don't love something or have a passion for it - don't do it.
Do you believe in the saying "fake it till you make it?"
Everyone struggles with the same problems of a lack of self-confidence. We're all faking it right?