If you are trying to figure out your career path and come across this article, you have likely thought about going to school for Interior Design. It sounds fun and exciting. Is this the right field for you? Consider these questions before you make your decision.
Do you have an eye for space?
Nobody expects you to be an expert designer on your first day of classes, but if you are thinking about Interior Design as a career, you need to at least have an eye for space. Do you walk into a room and think “what a disaster!” when you try to navigate the space? Do you have an appreciation for well-designed layouts? If so, you could do well in the design field.
Are you creative?
Creativity is actually not an absolute must in Interior Design, actually. Some people confuse decorating with design. However, decorating can be a part the process for some designers, so it might help if you are the creative type.
Are you detail-oriented?
Attention to detail is very important in Interior Design. As a designer, you will need to know how to measure spaces carefully, and you will need to have an understanding of building codes. You will even have to be able to envision how certain materials and colors will look together before they are in the space.
Do you enjoy customer service?
As an Interior Designer, you will spend a lot of time with clients. Some clients will require a lot of your time. When problems arise, you will be expected to come to the rescue. This can mean you don’t always have a set schedule, and you may need to work after-hours some days.
Do you want to be a salesperson?
You might not realize it, but Interior Designers are sales people. They need to sell themselves, their designs, and certain products to their customers. Do you feel comfortable trying to sell things to other people?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then Interior Design could be the right career path for you. If not, there are lots of other opportunities out there. The best of luck to you on this journey.
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