My name is Jasmine Young and I am International Business Concept’s top Senior Corporate Trainer. I came to IBC on February 2nd, 2019. It was a life-changing experience being brought into such a phenomenal culture and lively atmosphere. I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Wendell, North Carolina. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in Beaufort, South Carolina and Chadbourn, North Carolina for the summers. Most holidays were spent at our beach house in Cherry Grove, Myrtle Beach because it’s a median between the long drives for everyone. When asked about the most influential experiences in my childhood, the one thing that comes to mind are the summers spent with my grandparents. My grandparents have been the most motivating and understanding people in my life. They always allowed me to be myself and supported me in every way. Most kids hate being at their grandparent’s house for too long because they get bored (and this was a time without WiFi), but for me, those summers were the greatest summers of my life. My grandparents owned a farm and I love animals, so my time spent outside with the animals while just being a kid was amazing.
When asked about my favorite memory of my childhood, I would have to choose my 16th birthday. Today, kids celebrate their 16th birthday as if it were their 21st, but I asked to go to the aquarium. I always had a passion for marine life and the ocean, growing up by the beach before I moved to North Carolina. My mom planned a trip to take me and my friends to the aquarium for my birthday. When we got there, a tour guide met us at the desk and told us to get ready for a behind-the-scenes experience. It was so amazing for the 16-year-old nerd in me. We were able to feed the animals, swim in the dolphin tank and see how the animals were brought in. This is so memorable for me because it was the start of my science career. From that day forward, I knew I wanted to pursue an academic path in science and from there on out, I stayed on an environmental science path all the way through my collegiate experience. I chose to stay involved in the science club all the way through college and kept my grades up, as well as being a successful student-athlete.
Basketball is my favorite sport, but I also ran track until high school when I traded it for softball because it was during the same season as track. Basketball made me a great leader and a stronger individual. Even after an injury that kept me from playing in college, I continued by coaching at a local community center with boys ages 8-10. I never would have thought I could be cut out for sales and marketing. I always imagined myself traveling the world as a marine biologist, studying manta ray and being in a turtle rescue squad, after I finished my career in the WNBA of course. College definitely started to prepare me for both. I was the event coordinator of my science club while in college and I was a member of the gospel choir. I was a double major in criminology and psychology, and I minored in biology. One might ask why I didn’t major in biology with my passion for it, but I began to realize my gift of helping people, which lead me to a career in working with those who are mentally disabled. I had two clients that I developed and helped while they were in school and at home before I joined IBC, and I was also a waitress overnight on the weekends at IHOP. I definitely think being a waitress shaped me into being a more compassionate person, just seeing how some people treat others in the restaurant industry. That part of my life definitely helped me become humbler and understand the idea of working somewhere you have to versus somewhere you enjoy.
I think my ability to adapt to people’s needs and expectations is an asset and quality that I have to offer. I first found out about our company by scrolling through some job ads on Facebook looking for something new to do while I took a break from school. My first day in the office, I noticed how much I am not a morning person, but I walked in with everyone introducing themselves, smiling and being so full of energy first thing in the morning. I was really worried that this was going to be something I couldn’t adapt to, but as soon as I got here, I was able to fit right in.
My favorite memory of the company would have to be the national conference in Houston. Seeing all the accomplishments and how big our individual organization is was truly inspiring. After leaving the conference, it really inspired me to exercise leadership and drive.
International Business Concepts has developed my career by helping me become the best leader possible. There’s only been one challenge in my work, and that’s being able to spend an equal amount of time with each member of my team. Building good relationships with my guys is very important to my team’s foundation. Overall, I’ve gained a second family working with such great people. Working in my office has created a lot of proud moments for me in work and in life.
I would love to become a stronger multitasker. This career has brought on a lot of responsibilities, and having that ability to multitask efficiently would definitely come in handy. Lots of people ask the question, “If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?” Shockingly, my response is the same every time. The answer is nothing. I would put it in my savings and act as if it wasn’t there and casually continue on with my life until I reach my career goals and I need the money to start up a few business ventures. I would probably take a trip to Fiji, but that would be all. I’ve lived out a lot of my childhood dreams and that’s probably because I’ve always felt like an old soul. I think I became an adult at birth. My parents always told me I was very independent and didn’t want things done for me. I would always tell them to let me do things by myself.
If I could go back and tell 13-year-old Jasmine anything, it would be, “Give yourself a break. You don’t have to be perfect at everything and you’re just a kid. You don’t have to have it together.” I’ve always defined success as getting things done. If I wasn’t accomplishing goals, I wasn’t happy and I’m still that way until this day. But, coming into work every day is inspirational to me. I believe the person who inspires me the most is myself. Selfish as that may sound, it works for me because I believe in being the best you that you can be. If you’re always looking to be like others, then you will never know who you truly are.
I’ve seen myself develop so much in my short years of life and I don’t think I could be prouder of the person and great business owner I’m becoming. Keeping that mentality brings on passion. I’ve become very passionate about my growth and well-being since I’ve moved away from my family and lived on my own. I don’t want my family to ever worry about my safety and well-being while I’m away from them, so I try to live my best life and make them proud. I’ve always been a crazy kid, so I do my best now to make them proud.
I’ve learned in life that sometimes you just have to take a chance- for anyone new coming into the business, that would be the advice I would give to them. Life is always a gamble and even though it can be a tough decision to make, sometimes you just have to take a chance. Excited people with the willingness to go out on a limb to be different and take those chances are inspiring to me. I hope to see myself owning my own business in the next five years with four years of experience already under my belt. By then, I definitely hope I’ve made it to Fiji.
For anyone who needs to know anything about me, just know that in the next five years, there will be plenty of magazines and articles with my name on them. Just like all great stories that are told, it takes time for a great director to turn it into a movie.