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Nicki, Have You Been “Packaged For Success™”?

Published on March 20, 2012 By Nicki Sanders


Packaged For Success™  is not just a portfolio development program – it is a brand – my lifestyle.  I founded The Teen Toolbox because I am my client.  Through the Packaged For Success Program I deliver the customer service and support that I wanted to receive.  I created programs and workshops that were not available to me as a teen.


Where Did Packaged For Success™ Come From?

Published on March 8, 2012 By Nicki Sanders

Packaged is a common theme in my programs, services, and blog posts — Packaged For Success™, Pack-A-Purse.  Being ready and/or prepared is a common theme in my life.  I think it’s part of my DNA.  I’m drawn to news stories and movies where people survive for days in the wilderness or in a blizzard. I will watch the weather channel for hours. Recently I became a Disaster Mobilization Center Volunteer for my county.  The Volunteer Training and Coordinator asked me what interested me in volunteering and I couldn’t think of one specific event.  I’ve always known that I would somehow be involved in the emergency preparedness field but I wasn’t sure when or how.


One of the most important questions asked of Disaster Mobilization Center Volunteers is “do you have an emergency kit”.  My answer was “of course”.  My home first aid kit is always stocked and I travel with a trial size first aid kit.  Extra batteries and flashlights are in each area of my home.  I change my emergency food and clothing supplies with the seasons.  And yes, I even do the same in my car.  Did I mention that I always have a pair of tennis shoes in my trunk and flat shoes under my desk in case I need some relief from a beautiful pair of high heels?

Why Do You Recommend Internships?

Published on October 12, 2011 By Nicki Sanders

Experience is a great teacher.  On the job training is a bonus and not a rule in many places of employment and that is the main reason that I highly recommend that all high school and college students complete an internship.  Many students who are seeking employment aren’t hired because they lack experience.  They are unable to gain experience because no one will hire them.  An internship has many short and long-term benefits.  I have listed some of them below.

Internany official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession

Career Exploration

  • Apply classroom knowledge to the field
  • Try different career paths/comparison shop careers
  • Decide if the industry is the right field for you


Skill Building

  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Develop marketable skills
  • Enhance existing professional skills
  • Gain confidence in your skills
  • Build your resume



  • Entry into a company you want to work in
  • Have a competitive edge in the job market