by Mom Miky
In the spring of my daughters eighth grade year, she had the opportunity to apply for the Nordstroms BP teen fashion board. Even at this young age, Sophia could start imagining a future career in the fashion world. Most girls at this age envision a fashion career might be predominately based on design, however, the insights gained during her time enrolled in Bixby Educational Events, Inc – JA Company Class gave her a much better understanding of the variety of opportunities that might be available. As part of the HR team and also involved in the design and production process of the handmade journal books, Sophia was able to directly experience the many components of the business world first hand.
The selection process for the teen fashion board consisted of an original fashion project and a group interview with other candidates. Not having had such experience in the past, my daughter was rather nervous about the interview process. However with confidence in her presentation, she entered the interview room with a little trepidation but emerged confident and excited about what had just taken place. Much to her surprise, the other applicants were older high school students all of whom came from private schools and were enrolled in a business magnet program. During the interview process, it was apparent that her experiences with that BEE JA Company business-class gave her the competitive edge. While other students were just learning concepts of running a business, my daughter and her classmates had just spent an entire semester bringing an actual product from conception to sales. The interview judges were certainly surprised that a 14-year-old homeschooler would have such a distinctive depth of experience and impressed with the professional presentation. These were key factors in Sophia being selected to be part of the 2014-15 Nordstroms BP teen fashion board.
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