Heading to another country for work can be an exhilarating yet nerve-wracking experience, especially for someone fresh out of university.
Interior Design graduate Jordan Busfield received an opportunity to do just that, securing a position as Assistant Interior Designer at Aedas Singapore. Keen to return to the region where she grew up and driven by a desire to specialise in Interior Design for Hospitality, Jordan sought to leave the UK after graduating.
She explained: "I was aiming to move to Melbourne due to the great art and design scene and wonderful lifestyle.
"I didn't have a job solidly lined up, so when Aedas Interiors asked me if I'd be interested in interviewing for a position, I was very excited. I had an interview over Skype and received the job offer on the morning of my 22nd birthday."
Aedas is a global architecture and design practice, implementing a cultural and social understanding of local communities into their world class urban planning strategies. They have 13 offices spread across the globe, from the USA to the Middle East, with the majority concentrated in Asia.
Jordan's main duties at Aedas Singapore consist of drawing up floor plans, conversing with suppliers, creating presentations and creating 3D models. Jordan has worked on projects in a variety of nations, primarily in the hospitality sector.
These include two hotels in Vietnam, one in India and a stadium in Malaysia. Jordan reflected: "For me, one of the hotels in Vietnam stands out the most. It's meant to be around 1500 keys and host the largest swimming pool in the country. Additionally, I'm moving onto a very exciting project in the Middle East, but I can't say too much about it!"
During her studies at Falmouth, Jordan developed the skills she needed to succeed in her position and discovered her passion for environmental sustainability. She stated: "One of the most useful aspects I learnt on my course was the importance of presentation skills. We were made to present quite often, and now I don't feel nervous to speak in meetings or present my work.
"Falmouth University taught me so much in three years, and I discovered my true passion for protecting the environment. I really want to channel that into my career path, hopefully ending up in sustainable design."