I have never totally understood the hate for millennials.
Yes, we do have plenty of bad seeds in our garden, but don’t even try to tell me that your generation consists of only beautiful roses. One thing that our generation is quickly adapting to is the fact that being a one trick pony will no longer get you anywhere in life. We now have to be the whole darn circus to get the job!
It is no longer enough to know how to write a story, or put together an outfit. The more skills you can mention in an interview, the better your chances are of getting the job. I would recommend being realistic with your promises, though. Lying about your skills only leaves you sleepless and surrounded by “For Dummies” books.
My degree is in Print Journalism with a minor in Digital Media from the University of Kentucky, along with a Fashion Stylist Certification from School of Style. It may seem as if my degree was a waste of time if I genuinely have no interest in ever working for a newspaper, but the writing and researching skills I learned help me almost every day.
Just recently I applied for an internship with one of my styling idols that I really had no business applying to (it was for someone with more experience than me and on the opposite side of the country), but somehow ended up on a Skype call with her offering me an internship. The job is solely related to my Digital Media minor and history with WordPress, with the possibility to grow.
Being a fashion stylist is great, but to be picked out of the crowed you have to offer something different than your competition. It may be graphic design, or it could be something as simple as being extremely familiar with NYC or LA. Find your strength (outside of your specific field) and sell it!