This is an excellent time to get some experience. I agree with one of the other professionals; look for mentorship from an interior designer or interior design firm. Another option would be to apply for a job at a store like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Calico Corners. All of these companies offer complementary design services to their customers and have entry-level positions. If after spending time in the industry you still love it and want to pursue it as a career then I would certainly look for a school with an interior design program. If you are undecided then you could always attend school and study business, art history, fine art, English, or one of the many other majors that would be useful for multiple career paths.
Kristan recommends the following next steps:
- Look for a mentor.
- Apply for a job with a furniture store that offers design services to their customers.
- Access after 6 months to one year of being in the field , if applying to a CIDA interior design program is for you.
- If you are unsure about pursuing interior design and would like to study related or even unrelated subjects then apply to a college or university that appeals to you.
- Always be willing to try something, reflect, re-adjust when necessary.