Cute shoes, cute nails, and an best selling author = my woman crush!!!
What better person to coach individuals through their career journey than someone who has experienced so many of the same things that we question throughout our career. Enter Jacqueline Twillie, author of the Amazon Best Seller Navigating The Career Jungle. In addition to finding success as an author, she also coaches and guides those of us who need a guide when it comes to landing the first job. And if that weren’t dizzying enough, she spends at least 8-10 hrs. Mon. - Fri. as a Federal Contractor for the Center of Disease Control, where she is also V.P. of Professional Development for the CDC Young Professionals.
I sat down with Jacqueline to find out how she juggles it all? What coffee is SHE sippin’ in the mornings? And get a little sneak peak inside of Navigating The Career Jungle.
Name: Jacqueline Twillie
Location: Atlanta, GA.
Title: Federal Contractor, Author, Career Coach
Academics:Southeastern Louisiana University Bachelors of Arts in Marketing 2007
Tiffin University Masters Of Business Administration concentration Leadership 2009
F&S: What was the first job you ever had? And what was your first job right out of college?
J.T. : My mother owns a hair salon, my sisters and I grew up there. I had an allowance, but my mother also allowed me to sell drinks,and snacks to her clients, in addition to the lite house keeping I did around the salon, like sweeping, etc… I also at one point rented my clothing to my sisters. I had a whole system in place with an inventory check out sheet behind my bedroom door… yeah I’m pretty sure I got in trouble for that. Right out of college I worked for Victoria’s Secret.
F&S: Why career coaching? How did you get started?
J.T. : When I started giving people advice it was based on my experience but also based on my experience working with managers, and I started to see that it was helping people. The people I grew up with didn’t have direct access to this type of information. So I started sharing it with people, and seeing how beneficial it was for them.
F&S: Was this always the career you envisioned for yourself?
J.T. : No,this wasn’t my original plan. I originally majored in political science planning on working in law per my mom, but I failed my first class, so I changed my major immediately to marketing based on the results of some aptitude test I had taken. Career coaching kinda found me, it sort of fell in my lap.
F&S: What obstacles have you faced in your career? How did you overcome them? What lessons did you take away?
J.T. : One of my obstacles was me taking on to much. I wanted to do everything! I wanted to do everything really fast. So I’ve learned how to not to not take on so much, how to slow down, and how to emulate excellence in everything I do.
F&S: Although career coaching can be a fulfilling, it can keep you busy… What inspired you to write a book?
J.T. : You know, I never dreamed of writing a book, I’m still surprised when I think about it sometimes. But when I realized how many people were finding success with my advise, and with me having friends and family asking me to email someone about this, can you call and answer that, I found myself answering almost the same thing over and over, so I decided it would be easier if I just complied all that info into one place.
F&S: What are some of the things that your readers can look forward to in your first book, Navigating The Career Jungle.
J.T. : Well, to start. It’s 10 chapters, it’s an easy read, and it starts off with Savvy Networking and concludes with realistic expectations. I talk about how true networking is about really building real relationships with people. I discuss how to emulate excellence on the job. I also thought it was important to share with my readers what a mentor can do for your career, and what that relationship should look like.
F&S: How does it feel to be an Amazon Best Seller?
J.T. : It honestly feels unreal. When I first saw it on the best seller list I cried. It’s gratifying and humbling all at the same time.
F&S: What’s been the most rewarding aspect of your career?
J.T. : 1. Working at the CDC. The things that I do play a small piece in the bigger puzzle of global humanity and saving lives. I don’t think anything can be more gratifying. 2. When people share with me that I helped advance their career in some way. Being able to make an impact on people’s lives has been the most rewarding for me.
F&S: What did a typical day look like for you when you were writing and coaching at the same time
J.T. : When I was writing my book, I started my day at 4:45ish. I would write in the morning then start my morning routine. I shifted my schedule at work so I could get off early, then I would start writing again. I would give myself a dinner break, and then write more. I would coach on evenings and weekends. And I honestly can’t tell you when I was going to sleep.
F&S: How do you balance your personal life, coaching and promoting your book?
J.T. : I don’t really have a strict routine or game plan for balancing my life…I just do.
F&S: Who has inspired you to be the woman that you are today? Who do you look to for inspiration now?
J.T. : My nephew Ty. He’s this little ball of energy. I love his confidence, I love his enthusiasm. Also my grandfather, he was an entrepreneur. My mom, who is celebrating 20 yrs. of business at her salon. My boyfriend has been such an encourager throughout my entire process of writing my book. I’m surrounded by so many amazing people, really every body I know inspires me.
F&S: What is your definition of femininity?
J.T. : Just being you, and owning who you are. Not always fitting in with the crowd, but always truly being you.
F&S: What’s your fashion addiction?
J.T. : Shoes
F&S: Coffee or Hot Tea
J.T. : Coffee