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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT, IN-DEPTH: Holding Your Own As A Young Person In The Field

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Jill, an assistant to the owner of an interior design studio, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that working in interior design comes with a certain lifestyle, and specifically an aesthetic lifestyle, that you have to choose to take part in. For Jill, this creates a kind of playfulness that is necessary in her work life.

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
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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m='41010'>than</span> <span m='41120'>you and you</span> <span m='41300'>have</span> <span m='41460'>to</span> <span m='41530'>say,</span> <span m='41900'>oh well,</span> <span m='42560'>this</span> <span m='42780'>is</span> <span m='42870'>what</span> <span m='42980'>happened</span> <span m='43350'>and</span> <span m='43450'>this</span> <span m='43580'>is</span> <span m='43670'>what's</span> <span m='43870'>going</span> <span m='44140'>on.</span> <span m='44940'>And</span> <span m='45010'>kind</span> <span m='45190'>of</span> <span m='45350'>dealing</span> <span m='46090'>with</span> <span m='46290'>those</span> <span m='46500'>emotions,</span> <span m='47020'>cause</span> <span m='47210'>it's</span> <span m='47310'>kind</span> <span m='47450'>of</span> <span m='47510'>conflicting,</span> <span m='48040'>cause</span> <span m='48200'>you</span> <span m='48300'>don't</span> <span m='48440'>want</span> <span m='48580'>to</span> <span m='48620'>be</span> <span m='49340'>the</span> <span m='49440'>bad</span> <span m='49770'>guy</span> <span m='50090'>and</span> <span m='50240'>you</span> <span m='50340'>don't</span> <span m='50530'>want</span> <span m='50640'>to</span> <span m='50680'>be</span> <span m='50770'>the</span> <span m='50860'>one</span> <span m='51000'>taking</span> <span m='51290'>the</span> <span m='51390'>blame</span> <span m='51720'>if it's</span> <span m='51880'>not</span> <span m='52080'>necessarily</span> <span m='52800'>you.</span> <span m='53440'>So</span> <span m='53610'>it's</span> <span m='53740'>kind</span> <span m='53940'>of</span> <span m='54070'>like</span> <span m='54320'>finding,</span> <span m='55390'>finding</span> <span m='55770'>your</span> <span m='55900'>stance</span> <span m='56970'>in</span> <span m='57180'>this</span> <span m='57390'>kind</span> <span m='57520'>of</span> <span m='57590'>situation</span> <span m='58140'>being</span> <span m='58400'>a</span> <span m='58460'>young</span> <span m='58680'>person.</span> </p><p><span m='60150'>I</span> <span m='60490'>have</span> <span m='60670'>looked</span> <span m='60990'>at</span> <span m='61090'>my</span> <span m='61310'>life</span> <span m='62290'>like</span> <span m='62550'>I</span> <span m='62700'>am</span> <span m='62880'>just</span> <span m='63300'>a</span> <span m='63350'>salmon</span> <span m='63990'>swimming</span> <span m='64599'>upstream.</span> <span m='65140'>I</span> <span m='65250'>think</span> <span m='65550'>that</span> <span m='65790'>it</span> <span m='65940'>just</span> <span m='66390'>takes</span> <span m='66680'>me</span> <span m='67000'>anywhere.</span> <span m='67430'>I've</span> <span m='68270'>never</span> <span m='68580'>been</span> <span m='68880'>like</span> <span m='69080'>a</span> <span m='69160'>goal-oriented</span> <span m='70050'>person</span> <span m='70480'>so</span> <span m='70790'>for</span> <span m='70970'>me,</span> <span m='71620'>where</span> <span m='71900'>I</span> <span m='71960'>am,</span> <span m='72340'>has</span> <span m='72670'>just</span> <span m='73080'>happened</span> <span m='73760'>through</span> <span m='74570'>meeting</span> <span m='74880'>someone,</span> <span m='75420'>saying</span> <span m='75690'>hello</span> <span m='76030'>to</span> <span m='76110'>someone,</span> <span m='77050'>making</span> <span m='77370'>a</span> <span m='77450'>new</span> <span m='77560'>friend.</span> <span m='78690'>That's</span> <span m='78940'>really</span> <span m='79260'>what</span> <span m='79460'>this</span> <span m='79680'>is</span> <span m='79980'>about</span> <span m='80360'>cause</span> <span m='80550'>there's</span> <span m='80740'>so</span> <span m='80870'>many</span> <span m='81030'>people</span> <span m='81460'>that</span> <span m='82050'>see</span> <span m='82370'>something</span> <span m='82800'>in</span> <span m='83030'>you</span> <span m='83610'>and</span> <span m='83800'>think</span> <span m='84090'>you're</span> <span m='84230'>going</span> <span m='84330'>to</span> <span m='84370'>be</span> <span m='84460'>great</span> <span m='84730'>for</span> <span m='84810'>this.</span> <span m='85250'>So</span> <span m='85280'>why don't</span> <span m='85700'>you</span> <span m='85810'>do</span> <span m='86010'>it.</span> <span m='86130'>You</span> <span m='86240'>should</span> <span m='86410'>do it.</span> <span m='86600'>And</span> <span m='87180'>that's</span> <span m='87370'>kind</span> <span m='87510'>of</span> <span m='87590'>what's</span> <span m='87790'>moved</span> <span m='88180'>me</span> <span m='88650'>through</span> <span m='89020'>to</span> <span m='89200'>now.</span> <span m='90030'>Just</span> <span m='91100'>everyday</span> <span m='91410'>moments,</span> <span m='91700'>it's</span> <span m='92020'>kind of funny.</span> </p><p><span m='93180'>Getting</span> <span m='93510'>into</span> <span m='94240'>my</span> <span m='94570'>industry--</span> <span m='95430'>so</span> <span m='95690'>I</span> <span m='97330'>actually</span> <span m='97580'>have</span> <span m='97660'>a</span> <span m='97700'>position</span> <span m='98140'>where</span> <span m='98550'>I</span> <span m='98650'>probably</span> <span m='99070'>wouldn't</span> <span m='99500'>have</span> <span m='99800'>to</span> <span m='99920'>necessarily</span> <span m='100460'>have</span> <span m='100800'>that much</span> <span m='100960'>education</span> <span m='101490'>to</span> <span m='101580'>do.</span> <span m='102530'>I</span> <span m='102610'>think</span> <span m='102840'>that</span> <span m='103090'>you're</span> <span m='103250'>intelligent,</span> <span m='103810'>you</span> <span m='103900'>can</span> <span m='104360'>pick</span> <span m='104560'>this</span> <span m='104760'>up.</span> <span m='106020'>But</span> <span m='106270'>in</span> <span m='106410'>my</span> <span m='106580'>actual</span> <span m='107030'>industry</span> <span m='107880'>it</span> <span m='108020'>is</span> <span m='108330'>extremely</span> <span m='108980'>difficult.</span> <span m='109460'>If</span> <span m='109610'>I</span> <span m='109780'>was</span> <span m='110250'>too</span> <span m='110660'>narrow</span> <span m='111150'>my</span> <span m='111370'>perspective</span> <span m='111970'>down</span> <span m='112420'>in</span> <span m='112820'>art</span> <span m='112970'>history.</span> <span m='114020'>I</span> <span m='114070'>would</span> <span m='114270'>have</span> <span m='114550'>to</span> <span m='114800'>continue</span> <span m='115270'>my</span> <span m='115650'>education</span> <span m='116360'>through</span> <span m='116660'>Master's,</span> <span m='117300'>through</span> <span m='117470'>Ph.D.,</span> <span m='118080'>would</span> <span m='118210'>be</span> <span m='118390'>a</span> <span m='118440'>very</span> <span m='119320'>rigorous</span> <span m='120330'>road.</span> <span m='120840'>Working</span> <span m='121150'>with</span> <span m='121320'>the</span> <span m='121400'>museums</span> <span m='121970'>and</span> <span m='123180'>working</span> <span m='124040'>for</span> <span m='124220'>pretty</span> <span m='124430'>much</span> <span m='124640'>nothing</span> <span m='125100'>cause</span> <span m='125510'>museums</span> <span m='125950'>don't</span> <span m='126080'>always</span> <span m='126310'>have that</span> <span m='126480'>much</span> <span m='126640'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='127920'>And</span> <span m='128110'>then</span> <span m='128270'>here</span> <span m='128660'>in</span> <span m='128770'>interior</span> <span m='129220'>design,</span> <span m='130560'>it's</span> <span m='130770'>definitely</span> <span m='131240'>a</span> <span m='131290'>more</span> <span m='131540'>creative</span> <span m='132060'>and</span> <span m='132460'>open</span> <span m='132820'>field.</span> <span m='133590'>I</span> <span m='133980'>don't</span> <span m='134140'>have</span> <span m='134350'>to</span> <span m='134430'>have</span> <span m='134650'>that</span> <span m='134790'>high</span> <span m='135020'>level</span> <span m='135530'>of</span> <span m='136090'>education</span> <span m='136650'>when</span> <span m='136760'>it</span> <span m='136810'>comes</span> <span m='137060'>to</span> <span m='137180'>a</span> <span m='137210'>lot</span> <span m='137380'>of</span> <span m='137500'>things,</span> <span m='137810'>like</span> <span m='137950'>this</span> <span m='138130'>is</span> <span m='138270'>residential.</span> <span m='139450'>You</span> <span m='139610'>don't</span> <span m='139780'>have</span> <span m='139980'>to</span> <span m='140110'>meet</span> <span m='140530'>a</span> <span m='140840'>lot</span> <span m='141090'>of</span> <span m='141250'>standards</span> <span m='141750'>that</span> <span m='141860'>commercial</span> <span m='142280'>design</span> <span m='143390'>would</span> <span m='143820'>kind</span> <span m='143970'>of</span> <span m='144040'>put</span> <span m='144190'>in</span> <span m='144300'>front</span> <span m='144480'>of</span> <span m='144570'>you.</span> <span m='145422'>So</span> <span m='145850'>this</span> <span m='146090'>is</span> <span m='146750'>a</span> <span m='147710'>little</span> <span m='148220'>calmer,</span> <span m='149110'>funner</span> <span m='150070'>path</span> <span m='151560'>kind</span> <span m='151720'>of</span> <span m='151820'>doing</span> <span m='152130'>it</span> <span m='152370'>this</span> <span m='152580'>way.</span> <span m='153330'>But</span> <span m='153480'>I</span> <span m='153580'>know</span> <span m='153850'>that</span> <span m='154130'>if</span> <span m='154330'>I</span> <span m='154460'>was</span> <span m='155060'>to</span> <span m='155510'>jump</span> <span m='155780'>in</span> <span m='155880'>the</span> <span m='155960'>field</span> <span m='156240'>now</span> <span m='156400'>being</span> <span m='156590'>a</span> <span m='156640'>26-year-old,</span> <span m='157350'>I</span> <span m='157540'>would</span> <span m='157700'>be</span> <span m='158170'>an</span> <span m='158330'>AutoCAD</span> <span m='158810'>monkey.</span> <span m='159230'>I</span> <span m='159370'>would</span> <span m='160390'>be</span> <span m='160540'>sitting</span> <span m='160860'>on</span> <span m='160950'>the</span> <span m='161030'>computer</span> <span m='161520'>and</span> <span m='162060'>kind</span> <span m='162230'>of</span> <span m='162320'>constructing</span> <span m='162800'>drawings</span> <span m='163120'>and</span> <span m='163230'>that</span> <span m='163390'>kind</span> <span m='163530'>of</span> <span m='163610'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='163900'>So</span> <span m='166080'>this</span> <span m='166320'>is</span> <span m='166490'>a</span> <span m='166550'>kind</span> <span m='166760'>of</span> <span m='166830'>nice</span> <span m='167410'>mix.</span> <span m='168330'>I</span> <span m='168450'>don't</span> <span m='168820'>feel</span> <span m='169530'>like</span> <span m='169740'>I</span> <span m='169830'>chained</span> <span m='170110'>to</span> <span m='170220'>my</span> <span m='170350'>desk</span> <span m='170630'>and</span> <span m='170910'>I</span> <span m='171990'>don't</span> <span m='172230'>feel</span> <span m='172480'>like</span> <span m='172830'>I'm</span> <span m='172920'>chained</span> <span m='173180'>to</span> <span m='173240'>my</span> <span m='173360'>student</span> <span m='173750'>loans,</span> <span m='174800'>but</span> <span m='175010'>it</span> <span m='175170'>still</span> <span m='175630'>is</span> <span m='175820'>a</span> <span m='175890'>mix</span> <span m='176330'>of</span> <span m='176670'>all</span> <span m='176870'>of</span> <span m='176980'>my</span> <span m='177320'>interests.</span> <span m='178230'>But</span> <span m='178550'>my</span> <span m='178720'>work-life</span> <span m='179220'>balance</span> <span m='179680'>I</span> <span m='179770'>think</span> <span m='180080'>here</span> <span m='181470'>is</span> <span m='181650'>a</span> <span m='181720'>little</span> <span m='181990'>bit</span> <span m='182280'>easier</span> <span m='182880'>to</span> <span m='183050'>manage.</span> <span m='183550'>I</span> <span m='183620'>think that</span> <span m='184020'>this</span> <span m='184230'>is</span> <span m='184350'>a</span> <span m='184420'>little</span> <span m='184630'>more</span> <span m='184860'>of</span> <span m='185450'>a</span> <span m='185560'>laid</span> <span m='185860'>back</span> <span m='186220'>lifestyle</span> <span m='186890'>and</span> <span m='187860'>definitely</span> <span m='188330'>people</span> <span m='188850'>treat</span> <span m='189130'>this</span> <span m='189330'>as</span> <span m='189570'>a</span> <span m='189640'>lifestyle</span> <span m='190120'>choice.</span> <span m='190500'>This</span> <span m='190700'>is</span> <span m='190980'>an</span> <span m='191110'>aesthetic</span> <span m='191820'>lifestyle</span> <span m='192310'>choice</span> <span m='192630'>and</span> <span m='193680'>so</span> <span m='194640'>dressing</span> <span m='195090'>that</span> <span m='195290'>way,</span> <span m='195470'>and</span> <span m='195870'>going</span> <span m='196090'>to</span> <span m='196190'>parties</span> <span m='196600'>that</span> <span m='196750'>way,</span> <span m='196920'>it's</span> <span m='197110'>definitely</span> <span m='199700'>a</span> <span m='199760'>lifestyle.</span> <span m='200500'>It's</span> <span m='200680'>kind</span> <span m='200840'>of</span> <span m='200930'>funny</span> <span m='201810'>how those</span> <span m='202140'>things</span> <span m='202510'>work</span> <span m='202800'>cause</span> <span m='203010'>Jay and</span> <span m='203190'>Michael,</span> <span m='203640'>the</span> <span m='203770'>owners</span> <span m='204140'>here,</span> <span m='206010'>they</span> <span m='206190'>live</span> <span m='206470'>this</span> <span m='206660'>every</span> <span m='206890'>day.</span> <span m='207630'>They</span> <span m='207830'>are</span> <span m='208100'>talking</span> <span m='208390'>to</span> <span m='208460'>their</span> <span m='208610'>clients.</span> <span m='209100'>They</span> <span m='209350'>are</span> <span m='209860'>showing</span> <span m='210300'>them</span> <span m='210700'>their</span> <span m='211020'>perspective</span> <span m='212420'>and</span> <span m='212620'>their</span> <span m='212750'>style</span> <span m='213200'>and</span> <span m='214500'>it's</span> <span m='214680'>definitely</span> <span m='215010'>a</span> <span m='215070'>lot</span> <span m='215230'>of</span> <span m='215300'>play.</span> <span m='216230'>It's</span> <span m='217140'>nice</span> <span m='217430'>to</span> <span m='217540'>have</span> <span m='217850'>that</span> <span m='218900'>in</span> <span m='219060'>the</span> <span m='219130'>work</span> <span m='219360'>environment,</span> <span m='219900'>cause</span> <span m='220510'>I</span> <span m='220670'>know</span> <span m='220890'>that</span> <span m='221230'>other</span> 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