Interior design as a career choice

Whenever I people who don’t know me find out what I do, at some point, I always get asked, “What got you started in interior design?”.

Well, there really isn’t a straightforward answer to that question.

I had actually no idea about interior design when I started college at 16 years old. I was very young with no idea what I wanted to do. With no background at all in the arts or construction, I didn’t even think to choose a career in the creative field.

However, as I went on with my electrical engineering course, I realized that I didn’t want to do do that for the rest of my life. I dabbled a bit with journalism because I loved to write, but eventually, it was my boyfriend at the time (now husband), who convinced me to try landscape architecture. I liked the design part of it, but not the outdoors part, so I thought interior design was a good fit. After just 1 semester of interior design, I knew I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Fourteen years after choosing to pursue this career, here I am, still loving it. :)

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Day 1

2009 Interior Designers Oathtaking and Induction Ceremony. I was a 7th placer in the National Licensure Examination for Interior Designers. It feels like a lifetime ago.