One of my friends daughters told me the other day that she would like to become an interior designer. She is just at the leaving school age, is very into art, fashion and photography, and has an interest in design. She sounds like an ideal student for the job.
Its been a while since I started on my career path, so my best advice was to “google it”!
I have posted a video below for anyone else that is interested in a career in design, but a quick summary of the path to follow I think would be:
Decide if you have an interest in design, decorating and room organisation. Do you have an eye or flair for design? If so then you may want to look into a career as a designer.
There are many courses available to help you on your way, and these give you credibility when speaking with prospective customers. You should investigate these first.
Practise in your own home, and at the houses of friends and relatives. Watch videos and read books on the subject, and develop your own style. Offer to work with a designer or decorator for free to get experience.
Build your own portfolio with pictures and samples of projects that you have been involved with, keep these in a hard copy and also an online copy to send to prospects. Use social media, this is an excellent way to promote yourself in this industry.
Get a job in a related industry, and keep getting experience. You can also work on your own projects at nights and weekends, until you get to the point where you are getting business from word of mouth, networking and marketing that you can work in your own business full time.
It is worth the effort to have a rewarding and enjoyable career. I would certainly recommend it. Good luck and enjoy the video.