Change of career paths, how hard is it?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Worker bee

I live in the U.S. so things might be a little different, but I tried to change my career path and it’s been a nightmare.  Looking back on my mistakes and missed opportunities, I would say:

1) Do not quit your current job until you have a full time job offer in the field you want to work in.

2) Ask local interior design companies if you can volunteer your time for them.  Give whatever time you can reasonably offer, even if it’s just 4 hours a week.  That will build you credit as a person in the interior design industry.  You will be able to put it on your resume/CV, you will make valuable contacts in the industry, possibly learn some skills while volunteering, and most importantly, it will help you decide if design is truly what you want to do with your life.

3) Start reading all the decorating/interior design job ads you can find now.  You will need to know exactly what the industry is looking for.  Don’t assume that a degree or 1 year in the industry will do.  I was very surprised to find how much experience companies wanted for even junior or assistant positions.

4) Use any connections you have unabashedly.  If you know someone in the industry, ask for advice or ask if you can help them (for free — this is why you should keep your current job).  If you know someone who is redecorating their house, ask to help and take before and after pictures.  Use those experiences to create a portfolio.  Make sure you record EVERYTHING you do that could count as experience.  It will become invaluable later when you want to justify to a prospective employer that you are qualified.

 

Best of Luck.

Post # 3
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MissFox:  I went from being a nurse to being a lawyer.  I did have to go to three years of law school to make the switch….

Post # 5
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1119 posts
Bumble bee

MissFox:  I’ll let you know in a few months… I’ve just told my boss I’ll be leaving in a month or two. My plan is to work part time and volunteer a couple of days a week to work out what I want to do instead and to get some experience in whatever I decide I want to do… it’s a bit scary but my current career isn’t working for me at all 

Post # 6
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1110 posts
Bumble bee

Any kind of creative field is tough to break in to, and this is coming from someone who went to school for Graphic Design for five years and is trying to get work. You need a stellar portfolio (preferably online), a solid resume, and good work experience.

My mother is actually an interior designer and works from home as her own boss. However, she worked at a furniture company for several years and built up valuable contacts and a client list, so by the time she had me and my brother she had the resources to make it on her own. So get your foot in the door where you can and go from there.

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