“Once you have a goal, never stop working for it”, we totally agree. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we had the chance to sit and talk to a living proof of a goal-getter, Micheline Rusli, the woman who pursued a career behind the world famous luxury brand, Christian Dior. For someone who’s been wide-eyed about the fashion industry since she could remember, it was like a dream come true to finally work in the field she’s passionate about and in the brand she loves most.
Fashion has always had a special place in Micheline’s heart. Her journey in the fashion industry started as an intern in Who What Wear, followed by other internships in Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Vogue Magazine in Los Angeles. She believes that when you know what you desire, you should try hard to achieve it while inspiring people who have the same passion as you.
“I was a buyer for 2.5 years for Galeries Lafayette Jakarta and now I work for my dream fashion house, Christian Dior as their CDM Executive (Client Development Management).”
After all the experience she’s gained over the years, she has discovered 5 key values she believes that will make you successful no matter what. The first one is to be humble no matter how far you’ve come. Being good at what you do is a must, but it’s also important to be multitalented and a Jack-of-all-trades. Do your work wholeheartedly, even if it’s just moving boxes. It’s highly possible to become overwhelmed by your responsibilities and lose focus, so she encourages people to ask questions when needed. She also stresses on the importance of looking presentable at all times.
“I think looking presentable and professional is important because you don’t just dress to represent yourself, but you also represent the company or brand that you work for.”
“Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.”
We realise that when you do what you adore, you’ll never face a backbreaking moment, just like how it’s difficult for Micheline to pinpoint the most challenging phase of her career. As far as she can remember, the only tough time she experienced was when she transitioned from her previous job to her one. It was challenging for her to adjust to a completely environment and work demands, yet she’s eager to keep learning to be better at her job.
At the end of the conversation, she encourages us with her own little advice:
“You have to love your job. No matter how hard it is, if you really love it, at the end of the day you’re going to feel happy and fulfilled.”
Interviewed and written by Cesya Vanessa Saptari.
This article has been edited for length and clarity.