Job Title: Designer
Type of Company: My company provides custom storage solutions.
Education: BS, Marketing Management, Siena College (Loudonville, NY)
Previous Experience: Right after college, I worked in finance, helping auto buyers get financing for their new cars and dealers to obtain financing for their dealerships.
Job Tasks: My company provides custom storage solutions.
I meet with clients and builders to discuss their storage needs, and we work together to create a unit that will meet all their requirements. We meet to discuss what they need and measure the space that will have the installation. The client chooses from certain options in materials, colors and styling and I design the unit in a computer design program so he can visualize it better. Once the design is tweaked and approved, it is submitted to the production department and built and installed in the client's home or business.
I also work with clients and builders to design residential and commercial office space. This requires attention to detail, with a particular focus on space limitations and needs analysis: on office equipment that needs to be accommodated and the location of outlets and cables.
One of the most rewarding projects I worked on was for a long-term health care facility. They needed custom cabinetry designed so that their patients could use the wardrobes and nightstands from their wheel chairs. These units had to also meet some state requirements so that the facility could receive funding for upgrades to the rooms. The project was tricky to design and install but ultimately very rewarding. These units helped to make life a little easier for people who face many struggles.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping my clients see their ideas come to life and watching their excitement when they are able at last to use the units we've built. They are elated with their newfound organization and are so appreciative!
Another aspect of the job is that it is fairly flexible. Initially I started in this job because of the flexible hours it offered. At the time my children were young and this job allowed me to work from home and meet with my clients around my children's schedules.
The worst parts would probably be when an installation does not go well for one reason or another. Also, the position is a sales position which is paid by 100% commission. So if you are not selling you do not have an income!
Job Tips: Get a degree in Marketing and Management or Business, with courses in sales, as well as some general design classes. Generally, the company will train you to design with the specific materials.
This job is like having your own business. What you put into it is what you get out of it. A career in sales is something to consider if you are very self-motivated and want to have control of your income. The more you sell the more income you will have!
Additional Thoughts: To be successful in Sales you need to enjoy people and truly believe in your product!
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