IN her 25 years in the industry, Carmel Gardiner said she had never faced any challenges as a woman.
“In fact I have felt empowered by the people I have worked with,” she said.
Ms Gardiner’s career has grown from working as a sales representative to managing Abel McGrath for the past 15 years.
“Initially my motivation was that I loved homes and finding the perfect property for someone was very rewarding,” she said.
“I now find running the business even more satisfying. I love the interaction with our team in sales and property management; they are energetic, client focused and really care about what they do.”
As the joint principal of an office with a very large female team, Ms Gardiner’s goals are to “empower the wonderful staff that work with us and watch them grow and develop into the success they want to achieve”.
While certain skills play a role in an individual’s success, working with the right people is also important and Ms Gardiner’s advice to women considering joining the industry is to do their research, find out about the company they are planning on joining and make sure it is the right fit for them.
“The culture of a business is probably the most important factor when making a decision. For example, I believe that our clients are the main focus of our business and we employ like-minded people who want to do the best for them,” she said.
“Our business is a service-orientated business and you need to care and want the best for the client, which in turn will result in success. You also need to love what you do and feel confident about the people you are involved with.”