This week’s woman in business comes from halfway around the world in Australia…Jasmine Abel! After completing her Diploma in Business, Interior Design and Decoration in 2012, Jasmine began working at the Interior Design Institute in Australia, where she has spearheaded IDI’s social media presence, been the creative director of the course modules and involved in the design of IDI websites and student experiences.
Read on to find out her favorite aspect of her job, who she looks up to and her piece of advice for a younger version of herself!
- How do you juggle your work and home life?
As we operate 24/7, it can be hard to juggle work and home life, but I believe that it is crucial to find a balance and learn what works best for you. It is also important to learn that when you’re at home, you need to remember to switch off and allow yourself to have some “me” time. This is why I wake up each morning and practice yoga and meditation or go for a walk, as I find that this helps clear my mind, and have a healthy balance.
- What’s your favorite part of your job/position?
Being able to create inspiring content and hearing how our course has helped change so many students’ lives.
- Who did you look up to as a young woman and why?
Lisa Messenger, as she is a huge inspiration to me, and she continues to break boundaries whilst inspiring and motivating others.
- Have you ever experienced sexism in your industry and if so how did you handle it?
I am lucky that sexism does not exist in our workplace but that is not to say that I haven’t experienced it. From my experience, I’ve learned to not take anything personally, and to just focus on what is important.
- What words of advice would you say to a younger version of yourself?
To never doubt yourself, and to always stay positive no matter how tough a situation may get.
- How did you get to where you are today?
After I graduated from college, I landed a job at The Interior Design Institute where I initially started out as a student support officer. Now my role sees me as the institutes social media manager and content creator. I have also co-authored an Advanced Module in Business, Branding, Marketing and Social Media for Interior Designers.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself growing and evolving with The Interior Design Institute. I believe in the term Kaizen, which means continuous improvement, and I strive to improve what I am doing each day, and also strive to improve our student experience and hope to see our students leading successful careers in the design industry.