- design skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- meeting clients to discuss their requirements and ideas
- developing designs to suit clients' needs, their budget, and the type of building
- preparing initial sketches and mood boards for the client to approve
- advising on use of space, colour schemes, fabrics, fittings and furniture
- working out costs and preparing estimates
- creating detailed drawings from the initial sketches, usually on a computer
- finding suppliers of fittings, furniture, fabrics, and wall and floor coverings
You could work in an office, from home, in a creative studio or at a client's business.
You could move into related work like theatre set design, visual merchandising, exhibition design or furniture design.
You can get more details about careers and training in design from the British Institute of Interior Design.
You can get information on working in this and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.