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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT: Making Career Connections Through Random Meetings

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Jill is the assistant to the owner of an interior design studio. Her job has a very broad scope that includes everything from sales to inventory management. She tells us that she got her job when she was working at a showroom and a designer loved how helpful she was and hired her. She tells us that it is important to wear many hats and be flexible and creative when working for a startup.

Degree: Interior Design - Art History
Job Title: Interior Design Assistant
Employer: Cavalier

Job Summary: Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Job Description

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by te Legal Secretaries International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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<span m='13660'>inventory,</span> <span m='14420'>and</span> <span m='15710'>it's</span> <span m='15810'>a</span> <span m='15870'>very</span> <span m='16079'>mixed</span> <span m='16590'>bag</span> <span m='16950'>of</span> <span m='17372'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='19060'>But</span> <span m='19270'>I</span> <span m='19670'>got</span> <span m='19840'>into</span> <span m='20010'>this--</span> <span m='20310'>my</span> <span m='21380'>BFA</span> <span m='21760'>is</span> <span m='22140'>in</span> <span m='22390'>art</span> <span m='22520'>history</span> <span m='23000'>and</span> <span m='23400'>interior</span> <span m='23790'>design</span> <span m='24690'>so</span> <span m='25090'>in</span> <span m='25250'>this</span> <span m='25420'>space</span> <span m='25820'>it's</span> <span m='26520'>definitely</span> <span m='27190'>a</span> <span m='27300'>mix</span> <span m='27660'>of</span> <span m='28050'>working</span> <span m='28430'>with</span> <span m='29080'>galleries</span> <span 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m='42840'>worked</span> <span m='43220'>at</span> <span m='43290'>a</span> <span m='43340'>showroom</span> <span m='43740'>down</span> <span m='44120'>in</span> <span m='44430'>Potrero</span> <span m='44780'>Hill</span> <span m='45330'>and</span> <span m='46570'>one</span> <span m='46790'>of</span> <span m='46970'>the</span> <span m='47680'>designers</span> <span m='48230'>here</span> <span m='48490'>had</span> <span m='48570'>come</span> <span m='48820'>into</span> <span m='48990'>the</span> <span m='49080'>shop</span> <span m='49440'>and</span> <span m='50190'>they</span> <span m='50360'>just</span> <span m='50570'>thought</span> <span m='50780'>I</span> <span m='50890'>was</span> <span m='51030'>so</span> <span m='51340'>kind</span> <span m='51690'>and</span> <span m='51770'>helpful</span> <span m='52640'>that</span> <span m='52960'>they</span> <span m='53270'>just</span> <span m='53660'>called</span> <span m='53920'>me</span> <span m='54050'>up</span> <span m='54220'>and</span> 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m='106290'>book.</span> <span m='106560'>Like</span> <span m='107110'>it's</span> <span m='107290'>not</span> <span m='107470'>about</span> <span m='108090'>that</span> <span m='108370'>anymore</span> <span m='108770'>when</span> <span m='108910'>you're</span> <span m='109060'>in</span> <span m='109160'>the</span> <span m='109270'>real</span> <span m='109520'>world.</span> <span m='109980'>It's</span> <span m='110140'>really</span> <span m='110420'>what</span> <span m='110710'>you</span> <span m='110830'>can</span> <span m='111000'>offer</span> <span m='111320'>as</span> <span m='111700'>a</span> <span m='111770'>person.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208201,"video_id":"2708226053001","name":"64024375","duration":114708,"thumbnail_url":null}});