TOPSHOP:The Girls At Topshop HQ Tell Us The Advice They Would Give Their Younger Self

Students across the U.K. received their A Level results today and if you’re one of them, congratulations! But amid all the excitement, it can be scary too – it’s one of the first crossroads in your life when you have to consider what you want your future to look like. Maybe you’ll go to university, start training or an apprenticeship, work, travel or maybe you have no idea at all! With that in mind, the girls at Topshop HQ took some time to reflect on their younger selves and came up with some useful nuggets of life wisdom. Have a read, it could be just what you need to hear…
Lauren Blackie – Online Visual Merchandiser
“My advice would be DON’T PANIC, not knowing what you want to do in the future is completely normal! Enjoy your time doing different things and your lightning bolt moment will come. Plus, it will feel a million times better because you’ll be confident that it’s what you really want to do. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take your time and take a step back to get some perspective (something which can be hard when you are 18 or 19)….Also, STOP WEARING DREAM MATTE MOUSSE FOUNDATION!!”
Yasmine Kennedy – Digital Editorial Assistant
“I would definitely tell my younger self that it’s okay if not everyone likes you. When I was younger, hearing someone say they didn’t like me would affect my mood for such a long time. I’d get so caught up in trying to figure out what the problem was and trying to change their opinion (definitely an ego thing!). But people don’t have to like you and you don’t have to care that not everyone likes chocolates, clothes or Beyoncé either. Oh, and you’ll regret all those silly arguments with your mum, so be nice because she’s your biggest fan.”
Becca Wade – Digital Junior Editor
“I’d say – you’re about to have the time of your life, so RELAX and enjoy it! Don’t sweat the small stuff – if it’s not going to be important in five years time, it’s not worth freaking out about now! Yes, that does mean that it’s no big deal if you can’t make it to every social occasion or if you don’t do as well as you hoped to in that test. Also, heads up, you’re going to have your heart broken and it’s going to be the worst…but things have a way of working themselves out and, trust me, it will be FINE! As cliché as it sounds, when one door closes another one opens. Just give it time!”
Cailin Klohk – Digital Editor
“I’d tell myself that it’s okay not to know where you’re going at all times, and that even if things don’t work out the way you want them to, it’s what you make of your situation that will determine how successful you are. And, speaking of success: success can mean so many things and should be defined by whatever makes you proud of yourself. Another big thing I’ve learnt is that no one really knows what they’re doing, so it’s always healing to admit your fears to others and as soon as you speak about things, they get easier.”
Sophie Lacey – CRM Assistant
“Stand up for yourself! Whether it’s in class, in work or with friends – don’t let other people intimidate you so much. All your opinions (and feelings!) are valid and someone else almost definitely feels the same. Plus, in work, having the confidence to voice your opinions will get you noticed! Just have a bit more faith in yourself and your opinions. Also, take every opportunity that comes your way even if you can’t see the benefit of it beforehand. That’s the beauty of it – you never know where it could take you…”
Nina Meeger – German Editorial Assistant
“If I was talking to my younger self, I’d give myself the advice to make comfy clothes a priority. Stop wearing very tight clothes because that’s what is “in” ! When shoes weren’t there in my size, I’d just go for the smaller ones and suffered. It’s definitely possible to create a look that is both comfortable to wear and super stylish. When I was younger I didn’t really see that!”
Anne-Martine Toussaint – French Editorial Assistant
“My advice is: you’re not behind in life. There is so much pressure on young people these days but there’s no schedule that everyone has to follow – life is not a race! What’s early? What’s late? And compared to who? We all have our own challenges and skills and this what makes us unique. You can’t do everything at once and your schedule is right on time, FOR YOU. Less fear and more excitement please because the best is yet to come…”


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