Earlier this month, I wrote about pursuing part-time work and applying to a couple of positions. I found that I was a little bored not working, despite taking interior design classes, working on the podcast and this blog, and preparing for the baby. But in taking on a part-time job, I was determined that the work would still contribute to the career exploration that has guided this sabbatical.
Well, I am happy to announce that this week, I started as a Design Assistant for Susie Novak Interiors.
From her website:
Trained as an artist, Susie believes herself to be one at heart. She worked in the art world in both New York City and San Francisco before transitioning into interior design. After receiving her Certificate from the interior design and architecture program at UC Berkeley and executing a major home construction project she began Susie Novak Interiors.
In this position, I’ll have the opportunity to learn and get hands-on experience with the entire design process, as well as gain a better understanding of what it takes to run your own interior design business.
The full scope of work is still to be defined, which means this is a great opportunity to mold the role myself. I was very up-front during my interview that I do hope for this job to serve as a learning opportunity.
Likely duties will includes:
- Sourcing and gathering options for furniture, fixtures, accessories, etc.
- Trips to the SF Design Center to check out or return samples
- Drafting floor plans and elevations
- Preparing visuals for client presentations
- Figuring out the best way to organize client files and photos
- Weighing in on proposed design solutions
Not only will this allow me become even more familiar with the interior design world, but it will also give me better insights into the day-to-day of an interior designer (particularly, an independent designer) and help me decide if this is the path for me.
Look out for more updates on this job!