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Interior Design & Architecture Career Close-up

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Taylor Webb

on 22 September 2013

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Transcript of Interior Design & Architecture Career Close-up

3. Explain what education you need for this particular career.
1. A residential interior designer helps homeowners design the inside of their homes. They work to meet the homeowners needs. They have to keep in mind the shape and/or size of the rooms before they can determine colors and materials that meet their clients needs, tastes and also that is in their budget. They use their imagination and their creativity while designing the way their clients house or room will look. They help their clients make their room/house express who they are with their likes and hobbies.

2. I read about residential interior designer Elizabeth Jackson. She helps her clients make the space their own. She does what she can to make small spaces look bigger. She has many different techniques enabling her to do that. She analyzes the rooms to see the design problems, then thinks about and considers her clients needs/wants/budget. Then using her experience, she makes up a plan that makes the room work for her clients.
2. What is the person’s name that you read about and what was their
position in this particular career?
Interior Design & Architecture Career Close-up
4. Explain what skills are needed in this particular career.
6. Explain what salary range this particular career is.
7. Explain what disadvantages you think there is for this career.
8. Explain what advantages you think there is for this career.
1. Explain what this career is specifically.
5. Explain what particular career outlook is like in the textbook and maybe
Residential Interior Designer

Taylor Webb

High school diploma
First step:
Complete an accredited college or university interior design program
either a 2-3 year diploma or a 4 year bachelor's degree
Must acquire a certain amount of entry-level experience under the supervision of a fully qualified interior designer.
Approximately 6 or 7 years of combined work experience and education is needed but it varies between provinces.
Final Step:
For the final step you have to write a certification exam.
There are many important skills to be an interior designer. Here are a few...
~Active Listening~
Its important to listen because you need to listen to what your clients want and you need to hear all of the details they give you including their budget!

You have to be able to speak to people and to be a "people person". You want to be able to get clients and if your shy or not a very good "people person", your name isn't going to be passed around for other people to want you to be their interior designer.
~Critical Thinking~
You have to be able to think of more than 1 idea and then reflect on them. You have to think of the positive and negative outcomes of each ideas with a few solutions, conclusions or approaches to the problems that you have within your ideas.
~Judgement And Decision Making~
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
~Time Management~
Its important to manage your time. Especially when your client wants something done in a certain amount of time. You need to plan out what you have to do and predict how much time each thing will take. Like while ordering products, you need to be aware of how long it will take to be transported and then to put it together/away how you designed it to be.
~Management of Financial Resources~
You have to use the money you have responsibly. You have to plan out how much you have compared to what you need and anything else you need money for. Also if your hiring people to help you, you need the money to pay them for labor.
You also have to be able to convey necessary information effectively.
~Complex Problem Solving~
Identifying complex problems and then reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
~Operation Analysis~
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. You have to know what you clients wants/needs and remember their budget while analyzing everything for teh design.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. Sometimes you will have to try to change your clients ideas. You can keep what they want since that is why they hired you... to help them create what theywant with their space but sometimes they will have to be less frugal with what they want in order to have the best products for the lowest costs.
Job Growths and Stats
The amount of jobs in the interior design industry is predicted to sky rocket in the next 3-4 years compared to all civilian jobs. Within the next 3-4 years, it is predicted there will be approximately 14,000 more jobs in interior design by 2018.
Interior designers receive around $60,000-105,000 a year. The amount you receive all depends on what level of the occupation you are on.
In Ontario...

Year Employment Level
2002 6.2
2003 6.7
2004 6.1
2005 7.3
2006 7.0
2007 8.1
2008 9.7
2009 7.8
2010 7.9
2011 12.1
2012 8.0
2017 8.3

In Australia...
I would love to stay in Ontario and Canada to be close to family in the future but I want to be able to travel and see the world and express myself in different places. And the place I've wanted to go to for a while now is Australia. My friend and I are planning to go to Australia the year after we graduate to be able to see Australia and see what else is out there in the world for either just a little while or for our future.
Salaries and Earnings
This diagram shows the amount of full-time earnings and all earnings for interior designers compared to all occupations. For full time, interior designers earn less than all occupations but not by much. In all earnings, interior designers receive more than all occupations.
Income >
Tough Clients >
Limited Materials >
Most interior designers are *freelancers and don't get a steady income. But when they do get paid, They get paid a lot. So if you become a well known interior designer, you shouldn't have a problem
You may come across many different clients that have very different opinions about your design than you might have.
Depending on the projects location and clients budget, you may find yourself limited on materials. You have to know how to spend wisely and find good deals on things, as well as be able to turn something cheap looking, into something extrordinary.
Creativity >
Work Schedule >
You get to be creative in many different ways. From the overall color of things and the furniture/objects you add to the space.
Unless you work in a store, you can practically set your own hours. So fitting in family time or time for yourself isn't difficult.
You get to be able to express yourself and others in different spaces and ways. You can express yourself through colors, shapes and even materials. You can design the room according to what you like and when somebody looks at it, they can be able to notice who you are and what you like/what some of your hobbies are.
Some people like simple designs with the look of chic black and white. but others like that chic design with a pop of color so possibly symbolize their personality.
There are people that love color and incorporate it everywhere they possibly can. But there are also people that would rather a more of a reserved look with basic designs and colors. They like to incorporate color in simple ways. With an example of a kitchen like this picture, you could add simple colors through flowers (as shown in the picture), a towel, or even some chairs.
~My Reflection~
Interior design has been one of my career choices since I was in grade 7... in 2009-2010. My grade went to Humber College to see what the college life was like and we went into an interior design class. We were able to design a little house and even though I didn't know much about it, it became very interesting to me. I've been thinking about pursuing interior design as my future career and I've been taking some of my high school courses according to what I need for this career choice.
Sometimes, I have days when I question my choices I've made and think "I'm not going to be able to do this" or I'm not creative enough to go into this occupation" but then I realize that I have to believe in myself or I'm never going to achieve anything. And without believing in myself, I won't be able to improve my skills to become better and then I really won't be able to do it. The most important thing about this occupation to remember in my opinion, is to believe in yourself. Without believing in yourself, for anything, you won't get anywhere.
~The End Of My Career Close-up~
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