#LikeaGirl Interview Series

Dressing for Success #LikeaGirl: Interview with Jackie of The Cubicle Collections

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“Someone once told me, “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” I would agree but adjust that advice a bit to, “Dress for Yourself.” I still believe in looking great in the office because you never know where the day will take you, but don’t lose yourself in the process.” – Jackie of The Cubicle Collections

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Credit: The Cubicle Collections

The Cubicle Collections is a blog with details of style and fashion, but also with sprinkles of travel, beauty inspirations, and work tips for ladies who are moving up the corporate ladder.

I was able to get a word with Jackie so she can share with us the story behind her blog, as well as to provide advice to many professional young women out there.

Miss Millennia Magazine: Tell us about yourself.

Jackie: I am a full-time manager at a consumer appliance company that strives to exceed expectations daily. I am always trying to find new ways to help people find the value in themselves and use that to drive their future. I started my blog, The Cubicle Collections, as a way to help other women like me find inspiration for style and self-confidence in a work setting. In my spare time, I love to travel, try new restaurants and walk my dog, Kima.

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Credit: Jackie of The Cubicle Collections

M3: Where are you located?

J: I am a Boston, Massachusetts transplant by way of college. However, I was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

M3: What is your job title?

J: I am currently the Manager of Retail Marketing and Experience for a small consumer appliance company.

M3: How has the transition been from college to adulthood?

J: I wish that I could say that everything after college was especially smooth. When I graduated from Emerson College, I had a difficult time finding my big girl job. I was working at The Capital Grille and thankfully was able to maintain this post-graduation. I felt as if I had done something wrong, that no one wanted to hire me. It was a rough time staying up late nights applying for open postings in the hopes that I would land an interview. I didn’t land my first job until a year and a half later. Since then, I start out every new day as a day to prove that I am still deserving of my career. It keeps me humble and appreciative when I reflect back on what I went through to be where I am today.

M3: When you were in school, did you imagine your life the way that it is now?

J: No. When I graduated, I felt as if everyone knew exactly what they wanted to be when they “grew up” except for me. I thought that I would be in media planning when I was in school, but now I am in sales and have launched my own blog. I get to work in an office with amazing and passionate people and be part of something bigger than myself. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to hold on a little longer and to trust the process because life has a funny way of working itself out.

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Credit: Jackie of The Cubicle Collections

M3: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced during these transitional years?

J: The biggest challenge that I have been faced with is determining what I want to do next. I have been asked that many times and I still have no words. How do you tell someone that you are willing and capable of taking on any opportunity that helps you grow as a person and as a professional even if you don’t have the right experience? I used to beat myself up about wanting more because my desires could be out of my area of expertise but someone recently told me – “Don’t apologize for your ambitions. It is what makes you, YOU.” Even though I don’t know what I want to do next, I know the direction that I want to head, and that is up.

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Credit: Jackie of The Cubicle Collections

M3: What is the best advice you have received from a mentor about adulthood and/or careers?

J: I have been extremely fortunate to have had access to some amazingly insightful and supportive people in my life, but the one piece of advice I have hanging in my cubicle is actually from a movie. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it weren’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” – Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own. It kept me motivated and empowered to continue forging ahead when the days are a bit longer than usual knowing that something great will come of it in the end.

M3: What advice would you give a young professional?

J: Get yourself a mentor. Find yourself someone inspiring that you respect. This person should reflect the values, character, and career that you aspire to have in the industry. Your mentor can answer career-related questions, give you an objective point of view or share wisdom and advice from their own achievements and experience. I can’t express how many times one of my mentors have changed my perspective and path. If it wasn’t for them sharing their wisdom, I might not be where I am today.

M3: What is next for you and the next 12 months? Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish? How are you going to accomplish them?

J: In the next 12 months, I would like to revive my blog as a place where women can find style, confidence, and inspiration for their lives. I am planning and approaching it differently and am excited to see where this passion project takes me.

Learn more about Jackie by checking out The Cubicle Collections


  • Fi Ni Neachtain

    Jackie has great style, she looks so chic! I wish her lots of luck in reviving her blog in the new year :)

  • What an awesome interview and too love her style! Absolutely love her words especially this one: “Don’t apologize for your ambitions. It is what makes you, YOU.” I am 37 and just recently started to follow my true passions, couldn’t be happier!

  • Jeanette

    I love learning about people and their business! It always makes a company much more personal! I love the fashion sense!

  • Alli Smith

    I love jackie’s style! I enjoy reading about how people got their start in their careers, including all the difficulties and successes.

  • These are all great interview outfits! I love hearing what people do for a living and how they followed their dreams!

  • It’s so important to dress for success when going in for an interview for a job. I always love learning about the personalities behind the blogs!

  • What a great interview, how you dress can definitely leave an impression so you want to make sure you are giving the right one off!

  • Vera

    I love these outfits!!! Looking great for an interview is so important to do, I think if you feel great you are so much more confident!

  • What a lovely interview, how lovely is it that you were able to find a job after 1.5 trying and waiting without giving up. Also loving the outfits, I like dressing up for work

  • Dee

    This is a great interview and I like the part about having a mentor. People who helped you a long the way. I don’t believe anyone makes it without support.

  • Pam W

    Getting a mentor is a great piece of advice. It’s so important to learn from others who have walked the path before you.

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    Always like to find new blogs to follow and getting to know new bloggers. Love her sense of style. Great interview!

  • chubskulit

    I love her outfits, simply yet elegant. I wish I have a mentor back then, it could have been so much easier.

  • Sweet Silly Sara

    I will definitely be checking out her site, she has a great sense of style!

  • Adriana

    What an awesome interview! I need to check this site out! -Lynzy

  • blm03

    What a great interview! I learned so much!

  • Chrissy Hme

    I love her look and will be checking out the site. I really enjoyed the interview.