Becoming an Interior Designer – Giving Up the Day Job

Its Monday morning, the beginning of another working week. How do you feel? Do you;

A) Spring out of bed with a little pep in your step ready to fight another day
B) Hit the ‘snooze’ button in auto pilot mode or
C) Hate your 9-5 and wish it was the weekend all over again

For many its the latter and a majority of us are not doing what we really want to do. But fear not as when one door closes (or at the very least looks a little bit shaky) another door or indeed back door opens. Changing careers doesn’t have to mean handing in your resignation tomorrow with no plan. Changing careers into interior design is all about taking small steps, preparing and taking the right direction.
Courtesy of KLC
Take my lovely friend Sara for example, a thirty-something bubbly education administrator. She knew a pretty long time ago that her current job wasn’t for her yet always had a passion for Interior Design.
But where do you start? Not being best buddies with any interior designers and having a degree in Marketing was not a great start (or so she thought). And so having done some research through The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) she discovered The KLC School of Design. The school based in Chelsea Harbour offers carefully structured workshops and interior courses. Whether your ultimate goal is to practice as a professional interior designer or you are simply developing a passionate interest you can embark on a short course, access or open learning course.

Want to fit your career plans around your current 9-5 job, why not enrol on the Open Learning Diploma in Interior Design. This course has been specifically designed for students who want to gain a recognised vocational qualification in order to follow a career in the interior design industry, but need to fit their studying around existing work and family commitments. Don’t be fooled! This course is extremely thorough and involves a lot of hard work, time and dedication. The beauty is that as there is no deadline, you can work to ‘your’ schedule and to ‘your ‘deadlines. At the same time, you’re not simply left to ‘get on with it’. You’re given a detailed student handbook (to download), access to the student forum via the student support service as well as direct contact with tutors via telephone, email and fax. The course costs £1,525 (inc. VAT) however there is a 20% discount at the moment until 27 May 2011.

Courtesy of KLC

If like many people you need that motivation to get you going and work better in a class room environment but still want to fit a course around your 9-5 day job then the Blended Learning Diploma in Interior Design might be more your cup of tea. The blended learning course is a combination of distance learning study, on-line training and scheduled workshops and tutorials held at KLC’s Studios in Chelsea Harbour. This course costs £13,110 (inc. VAT) and with the outstanding quality of lecturers, workshops and thorough course structure you will definitely get your monies worth. Interviews are currently taking place for the September intake.

Experience is also key as Sara discovered. Undertaking loads of good internships shows determination and that you mean business. It also aids you in learning the key skills needed in order to become an interior designer.

Still unsure? Why not contact KLC or attend their Interior Design Open Day on 21 May from 11am-2pm.
Courtesy of KLC
How do you like the blog? How have you found career-changing to interior design? Why not comment on your experiences…

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