Career Code: An Inside Look at the Life of a Trend Forecaster 

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Rebecca Minkoff, Sally Singer, Rachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Jane Buckingham.

Something Hillary and Katherine emphasize in The Career Code is being the “CEO of your own career.” In other words, the only person you should truly rely on in terms of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it—what determines the amount of happiness in your work life and the steps necessary to get you there—is you. Jane Buckingham is a prime example of this mantra, as she took her career into her own hands at the ripe age of 16.

Ever since, Jane has built a career that focuses on consumer insights, generational trends, and much more. Now, as an author, mother, and founder of Trendera, Jane has ample experience as a trend forecaster and for over 20 years has helped companies better understand their customers, products, and overall services, all while maintaining a well-balanced life. Color us intrigued.

Keep reading to learn more about what the life of a trend forecaster really looks like!