In order to get a head start in the field of Interior Design it is crucial to get your foot in the door as soon as you can while going to school. The field is not only competitive but can be intimidating because the job is considered glamorous. You don’t necessarily have to have all the skills that you may think are needed right away. Consider working in a company that caters to designers such as selling furniture, paint, cabinetry, or in a showroom. Working in this type of company verses in the mall at some retail shop will help keep your eye on the prize which can be working in an actual Interior Design office with you owning your own design company. There is a lot of work that can be done in the mean time. I suggest getting a good handle on Microsoft Office Suite on the side while you are going to school for Interior Design. You can work as a receptionist, secretary, or assistant in an actual Interior Design office. Having this knowledge is considered standard skills these days. While you are in school the curriculum is sure to include classes in Computer Aided Drafting by Autodesk, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Do your research, not all schools are the same. In my opinion select fuller semester schools so that you can really learn your stuff and not be too rushed. If you do go to a school that has an impacted curriculum, don’t work at the same time. You will need all the study time you can get. Good luck in your endeavors. Your hard work in preparation and planning will usher you in to your dream job.