I spent 22 years as a solid waste project manager in developing countries for the EU before deciding to become an interior designer. When I told people what I was planning to do, they either said I was mad or (which amounted to the same thing) brave. But jacking in development to become a designer so late in life wasn't brave – it was desperate. I was entirely burnt out. While a complete career change can rare, it is one of the best moves I have ever made.
The most important aspect of my decision was to find the right learning program. I evaluated several, and The Professional Interior Design Course offered by the British College of Interior Design was the best suited for me. The program delivered by distance learning with tutorials and assignments and support from a personal tutor. The twelve tutorials provide the underpinning knowledge of past and present trends, lifestyle and influence drivers, decorating styles, interior design elements to consider, and presentation skills. My tutor was outstanding, and his support was much appreciated. The comments he made on my assignments brought a great deal of clarity. The breadth of the program and the tutors' knowledge give students the opportunity to work in commercial, residential and many other interior design areas. Learning from nature is one of my favourite topics.
As a result, I have opened my own shop in Geneva, Switzerland. Tempo D’éco sells sustainable furniture and ecologically responsible products from European designers and producers. I also provide customers with personalised advice on eco-friendly interiors. There is no age for a career change as long as you sign up for something enjoyable. I have only one suggestion; if your passion is interior design, I strongly recommend this program.