Anna Wintour’s Career Advice? “Get Fired.”

Anna Wintour was one of the speakers at Teen Vogue‘s annual “Fashion University” event for teens, which features seminars and panels on the industry and careers. What did the Vogue editor-in-chief have to say to America’s youth? She recommended everyone should screw up. Literally. She told the audience, “I worked for American Harper’s Bazaar … they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired, it’s a great learning experience.” In an economy where people are desperate to hold on to their jobs, or worse—can’t even get one—this advice comes off as potentially old-school and wrested from an era where people could afford to profit from their mistakes, and if anything, were entitled to make them. Should we be thinking this way about our careers? On the one hand, this shows Wintour’s own vulnerability (something she rarely reveals) and stands as an A+ example of how failures can lead to ultimate success. On the other, not everyone can get so lucky. What do you think of Wintour’s advice? Is getting fired sometimes necessary for building character? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! [Fashionologie]

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