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EDUCATION I'VE COMPLETED: Western Australia Certificate of Education
Governor Stirling Senior High School, 2012
; Certificate III in Media 
Completed at Central TAFE, 2012; Certificate II in Music; Completed at Cyril Jackson Senior High School, 2012; 
Certificate III Business and Certificate III Business Admin; Completed at Polytechnic West Tafe, 2013; Bachelor of Creative Industries, Film major
6 months completed at Edith Cowan University, 2014.

I started a different bachelor in 2015, it was the bachelor of Arts I was studying Japanese Major and Arts Minor but after about... 8 weeks? I dropped out due to life. So I haven't been in school since... maybe June this year and I've had A LOT of time to think about careers. SO my interest, I've always LOVED houses and design, so I thought maybe architecture but after some research I'm not sure it's for me, so then I looked into drafting and interior design. I've even looked at apprenticeships for building (so like painting ect) but I'm a (not very fit/strong) girl who can't really see herself working in/at a construction site. I'm really interested in tv shows that have anything to do with renovating or helping people find their perfect homes, which leads me to real estate. I've applied for many real estate positions and looked up studying it but again I feel like working in that field of work isn't by career goal, i'll be associated with houses but I wouldn't be able to renovate them or help design them.

I'm not sure, my heads a mess so my career goal is a mess. Just wondering if there are any other paths that I haven't heard of yet? And looking for some good insight of people who work in any of these roles or similar roles. design real-estate interior building drafting houses

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Elaine’s Answer

Hello Emerald,

Since you said you love house and design, I encourage you to take a certification program in residential interior design or kitchen and bath if you interested in this area. These programs generally last for one year or less and you will get an idea if it is for you or not. Most of them will give you a basic knowledge and skills that help you to get start. You will learn space planning, drafting in hand or CAD, perspective drawing, materials, lighting, and business practice.
Interior design is a very serious career and you must be patience and creative. You will need to have technical and communication skills, and able to solve problems. If you planning work in a firm, you must be a team player and able to collaborate. This career have potential growth if you registered or license. Also CEU hours is required to continue with your membership with ASID, IIDA or NKBA.

If you think this is not for you, you can become an interior decorator. This position knowledge requirment almost same as interior designer. You will need the knowledge of how to read and draw floor plans, understand the standard building code, and material specification. Unlike interior designer, decorator don't really design - ( Wall removal, element relocation, etc.) They decorating and styling. They help to choose paint colors and source products within client's need and style.

Both positions require you to have a strong computer skills - program such as AutoCad, Google sketch up and photoshop are the most popular programs. Interior designer need additional software skills such as Revit, 3Dsmax, illustrator, indesign.

If you want to become a drafter, you must have a strong autocad skills plus building code knowledge. You must be patience and pay attention to details at all time. Because you will be responsible to conduct a construction documents, must advoid mistake.

Real Estate..well that's another way to get into the housing business but I don't think this is what you looking for. You must have People skills and selling skills and comfortable to drive around. Not to mention income is not stable.

I know some real estate agent have interior design backgrounds. Mostly during the economic booming time because you can make a good income when it is in demand. You can work with the developer and sells it too.

The other position you can consider as well is home staging. Simlar with the decorator but you stage home that need visual Impacts to help selling.

Well, I hope you find these information helpful. Best of Luck!

I agree with May-Kan that a certificate program may be a way to start since these don't take too long to accomplish. Then you can see if you like the field without investing too much money and time for education. Look at the community colleges in the state you live in to see which offer interior design credit classes and then which ones offer certificates besides an Associates degree. If you complete a certificate in something like Kitchen & Bath, Perspective & Rendering, Technical Drawing or Green Design, you can still work toward an associates or bachelors degree after that if you want. Pam Atilano, ASID
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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Emerald,

Maybe these information can help you in the comprehension about real state agent career:

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

Job Tasks:

Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.

Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, generally representing one or the other.

Compare a property with similar properties that have recently sold to determine its competitive market price.

Advise clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters.

Promote sales of properties through advertisements, open houses, and participation in multiple listing services.

Accompany buyers during visits to and inspections of property, advising them on the suitability and value of the homes they are visiting.

Prepare documents such as representation contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds and leases.

Confer with escrow companies, lenders, home inspectors, and pest control operators to ensure that terms and conditions of purchase agreements are met before closing dates.

Interview clients to determine what kinds of properties they are seeking.

Coordinate property closings, overseeing signing of documents and disbursement of funds.

Generate lists of properties that are compatible with buyers' needs and financial resources.

Contact property owners and advertise services to solicit property sales listings.

Arrange for title searches to determine whether clients have clear property titles.

Display commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential properties to clients and explain their features.

Review property listings, trade journals, and relevant literature, and attend conventions, seminars, and staff and association meetings to remain knowledgeable about real estate markets.

Coordinate appointments to show homes to prospective buyers.

Answer clients' questions regarding construction work, financing, maintenance, repairs, and appraisals.

Advise sellers on how to make homes more appealing to potential buyers.

Investigate clients' financial and credit status to determine eligibility for financing.

Develop networks of attorneys, mortgage lenders, and contractors to whom clients may be referred.

Inspect condition of premises, and arrange for necessary maintenance or notify owners of maintenance needs.

Conduct seminars and training sessions for sales agents to improve sales techniques.

Appraise properties to determine loan values.

Evaluate mortgage options to help clients obtain financing at the best prevailing rates and terms.

Arrange meetings between buyers and sellers when details of transactions need to be negotiated.

Rent or lease properties on behalf of clients.

Secure construction or purchase financing with own firm or mortgage company.

Solicit and compile listings of available rental properties.

Review plans for new construction with clients, enumerating and recommending available options and features.

Visit properties to assess them before showing them to clients.

Locate and appraise undeveloped areas for building sites, based on evaluations of area market conditions.

Contact utility companies for service hookups to clients' property.


All the Best!