Hit The Ground Running!
Happy New Year Everyone!
I am NaKena Cromartie! Just in case this introduction was missed, 2016 IBT Blogger’s Introductions.
…”Are you ready?!”… With so many thoughts about coming from America (Florida), switching career pathways (Accounting to Fashion Buying), and adapting to a new environment/culture (in and out of work) — the reality of making it through the IBT tryout (June 2016), enjoying shared moments with 21 other fellows during school period one (September 2016), and adjusting to three- months of “learning by doing” work experience (October to December 2016) has finally set in! I hit the ground running with asking questions, learning daily Buyer tasks (i.e. creating style cards, assortments, sample orders, etc.), and adjusting to communicating with our Design team and external Suppliers.
As a member of the Buying Jersey Team for SELECTED HOMME, I have the privilege of living in this cute, little, and intimate city of 7,000 people called Brande, Denmark. One of the first things I thought about once arriving here were, 1. What will my daily work experience be like?; 2. What will I eat while I’m here? ( I am really a foodie* at heart!); 3. What other things can I do in this city/country? My blog post will provide insight from these areas over time.
First thing first, my daily work experience begins with cycling! Although there are a few options to navigate the city– walking (Price: Free), bus (Price: Free – provides a ride to work, but not from work to home), or bicycle (Price: It Depends), I would highly recommend getting a bicycle to get a round this small city! For the first couple of weeks, I decided to walk the 20 minutes or so to and from work daily to get there. However, after deciding that I wanted to decrease my commute time to/from work to 8 minutes/per way, I began my search. I then discovered DBA, which is site where you can buy/sell cheaper quality items. I was able to find a local seller and a good price for a secondhand bicycle in BRANDE!!! I made my first major purchase (500 Kroner, which is about $70) for this beauty! Say hello to “Grace!” Grace helps to get me around town– to/from work, grocery stores, library, gym, site-seeing, etc. 🙂
Coming from the States, where we predominately use an automobile to get from place to place, the bicycle experience is very different for me. I now have to be aware of riding with traffic (in the bicycle lane), weather conditions (ahh man, those rainy days!) and using my hands to signal my direction. GREAT TIMES to say the least! It’s another active way to get in your daily exercise and to relax your mind. 🙂 Healthy body, healthy mind!
There will be more to come, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions, thoughts, or just want to hear more specifics!
*Foodie – a person with a particular interest in food.