Hello My Name Is Jacqueline, and I work in Product Development!
Happy Work It Wednesday! If you are working today, and searching for new career opportunities, or just interested in what other Work It Girls are doing, let me introduce you to Jacqueline Scheid!
Jacqueline has a career in Product Development and Merchandising. Sounds fancy right? Learn a little more about Jacqueline and how she landed a career that has allowed her to travel the world.
Hello My Name Is Jacqueline, and I work in Product Development & Merchandising!
1. How did you choose your career?
I have had creative influences from my mom throughout my life, and at that time I didn’t know it, but that influence lead to a career path in apparel. I also played soccer from 4-18 years old and have always lead an active lifestyle. With that being said, I chose a career in surf/lifestyle apparel based on my upbringing.
2. In your opinion, what would you say are the top three characteristics/traits to be successful in your career?
Honesty, an eagerness to learn, and confidence.
3. What do you find most rewarding about your career?
Being in the surf apparel industry, I constantly get to be creative and that is a reward in itself. Taking a garment concept on paper to a 3-D garment sample that you can touch and wear is exciting and the reward is seeing its success with retailers because that means the work it took to get to that point paid off.
4. How would you rate your income?
I am happy with my income for only being 24 years old and there is still room to grow. If I compare it to when I started my career as an Assistant Product Developer in 2010 to now it has been a steady incline and I feel secure and comfortable in what I am currently earning.
5. Is this what you always wanted? If not, how did you land into it?
This career path is not what I always dreamed of. I played soccer for most of my life and that is what consumed my time and interest. I am the type of person that lives in the moment and dives into an interest right away that I am drawn to. As soon as I toured F.I.D.M I went home and started the application process because that day I decided that that is where I had to attend school. I was 18 and the idea of living in Downtown L.A., meeting creative people and hurdling myself into the unknown world of fashion was an exciting thought.
6. What is your background? Did you have to go to school for what you are doing?
My first job in product development was not the ideal company that I wanted to work for, but I had to get my foot in the apparel door somehow. I worked as an Assistant Product Developer for Barco Uniforms, which produces mostly scrubs, for 3 years and eventually was promoted to Product Developer. After that I started working for Toes on the Nose, a surf & lifestyle brand, as a Product Developer and after less than a year I was promoted to Product Development and Merchandising Manager. I went to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and majored in Merchandising Product Development.
7. What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to be in your field?
Doing an internship while still in school is one of the best things you can do! Gaining knowledge in a work environment, opposed to a classroom, is so important and you will feel less green when you are plunging into the work force. This also helps you discover what you love to do most because there is plenty of time to intern for different companies and departments.
8. Being a busy woman, what do you like to do on your free time?
I have to do something active almost every day, mostly yoga and running during the week and hiking or the beach on the weekend. I always make time for my family and friends, I am lucky to have amazing relationships and support in my life! I also am very easily sucked into a good book, I lost my kindle on an airplane once and bought a new one that same day.
9. What do you value most in a career? Ex. Money, fun, work life balance?
I have to enjoy what I do because that can affect your everyday mood. I want to always be able to travel in my career because a change of scenery is always refreshing. I traveled for the first time last June overseas to South Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong and I am already itching to go back.
10. Do you have any other goals you strive to achieve?
I would like to start up a small online shop of hand made products. This is a fresh goal of mine so I do not have a plan but I know it is something I want to do.
11. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? What would you do differently if given a second chance?
I have learned that patience and kindness can go a long way in a career, professional relationships and connections can last a lifetime. I do not have any regrets, everything in my career has happened for a reason and mistakes are part of your growth.
12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I love developing products and I could not see myself doing anything else. I would like to be a Director of Product Development at an active/lifestyle brand. Ten years seems so far away so the possibilities are limitless and I never know when my mind is going to change. I look forward to what the future has to offer!