Interior designers usually have intuitive, creative and eccentric personalities. They use innovation to express style in terms of building (or room) design. They must be confident and business minded in order to to stand out as a freelancer in a competitive market.
Accomplishment and mastery
The world of interior design can be incredibly competitive. Therefore, designers who thrive in the industry, by building a good reputation and/or setting up their own business, are likely to feel a huge sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, every time an interior designer successfully creates a space that is safe, and that their client loves, they will have developed and mastered their skills, and will have a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Meaning and contribution
Although the work of an interior designer may not have a huge meaning and/or contribution to the people who really need help, their work still contributes and has meaning to modern day society. Through careful design and planning, interior designs can change the lives of their clients. They can make their homes practical, beautiful and unique – which in turn will improve their life satisfaction, mental health and reduce their stress.
Interior design can offer an excellent life fit. This is because many interior designers are freelance and can pick their own hours. However, in saying this, interior designers need to adjust their workday to suit their clients schedules and deadlines, including meeting with clients in the evening and on weekends.
Who will thrive in this career?
To be a successful interior designer, you should possess good visualization skills. Thriving interior designers are also likely to be self-employed, and will therefore need to have strong business skills in order to market themselves. Thriving interior designers are also excellent multi-tasker and are able to work closely with, and instruct, other professionals. Overall, this career path is ideal for a creative person who enjoys expression through beautifully designed rooms.
Who will struggle in this career?
Those who are not naturally creative or have the ability to visualize things will struggle in this career. Similarly, those who prefer to work a stable 9-5 and don’t want to be self-employed might struggle with the long hours and unpredictable salary an interior designer may face. In fact, unless you are genuinely a very creative individual, with an exceptional eye for detail and a passion for interior design, you are likely to struggle in this career!