When you're working in a coffee shop by day and nose-deep in textbooks by night, your 20s can feel like a never-ending treadmill with your dream job dangling like a carrot before a rabbit. But the good news is that all that hustling isn't in vain. If there's one thing we've learned in our own career trajectories, it's that every experience along the way—no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at the time—counts. In fact, they're all crucial pieces in your own career puzzle, and the end goal won't be reached without them. Sometimes it can feel like a blur of career mistakes and job hopping, but that's all part of the process, so trust it.
For every inch you move forward, you're one step closer to making your dreams a reality. Don't worry if you don't have it all mapped out yet. It turns out a lot of the editors and creative talents at Clique Media Group didn't either, but look at us now. To prove it, we asked some of our own successful women to share the story behind their first job, the greatest lessons they learned, the experiences they gained, and their best takeaway tips. We all start small, but with a little grit and some confidence thrown in, you can make it happen if you really want it.