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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.

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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

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17 Comments

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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

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