Once you complete your degree/diploma/pg in Interior Designing you can now start working towards creating a career out of your education. The course at INSD has now groomed you for practical as well as theoretical aspects of Interior Design.
What should I first do after my course?
All this while you have learnt about brands, history and developed your own design strategy in this field. Start researching about the brands that inspire you, brands that you look forward to working with, brands that you would want to be in competition with. After this list of brainstorming you can now learn about their strategies, design style, work atmosphere and understand how you can be of benefit to them if you get a chance to work with them. Now every brand has a career section on their website which has a specific email given, you can use this information and email them your portfolio, resume along with a cover letter.
What is a Cover Letter?
A cover letter is a document or a summary written about yourself, your skills, how this brand has inspired you and motivated you to what extent and why it would be a pleasure to work for them. The cover letter is a document that gets submitted along with your resume and portfolio. It should not be more than 250-400 words.
Learn about cover letters, there are plenty of good templates available on the internet, canva, word, powerpoint apps which you can use and edit.
What skills should I master?
Most important thing to remember is the skill of design thinking. One must develop a keen eye for detail which you learn in the curriculum but mastering it is a process of observation, research and experience. Learn to stay vigilant, observe your surroundings, research about what’s new in your industry and stay updated with trends.
Before you venture out on your own, look for internships, visit different brands, ask questions in the interview and read about the brand before you apply. A good internship or entry-level job will give you practical exposure into the inner world of interior design and this experience will prepare you for future endeavors.
This is an experience-building career opportunity which is why building your portfolio is of utmost importance. In general, you need a minimum of two years of full-time, on-the-job training and experience before you can officially market yourself as an interior designer. This investing of two years in working for brands is like strengthening your base for entrepreneurship.