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I am 90% sure that I want to one day have my own interior design/home decor business. Along with that, I’d like to one day be in a position where I can buy a nice 4 bedroom house, buy a nice car and be able to provide for 2 children.

However... I have no clue how to go about getting to my goal in life.

I currently work part time as a sales advisor and I dropped out of A-Levels in October, because I was offered a job doing exactly what I thought I wanted to do. Long story short, I got fired for reasons that were unclear, unfortunate and quite unfair.
Anyways, I really want to go back to college to A-Level business, psychology and media, but they don’t want me back... my plan B would be to do them online which would cost me like £188 a month for a year.

After A-Levels, I would like to go to Nottingham Trent University to study Interior Architecture and Design, but I can’t really draw and I don’t think it’s what I actually want a degree in. I’d rather get a degree in interior design and decoration, but NTU don’t offer that course. I could always study at a different university, but I feel like my lack of drawing skills will become a problem even though I have a creative flair and I am quite good at using software to present my ideas.
If I can’t go to uni, then I am more than happy to do an interior design/home decor course online along with a course to guide me in starting my business.
The problem with that though is that I’d have to get a new (full time) job so that I can think about moving out etc. I know I’d have to do that if I went to uni, but getting a job would be easier with a degree and I’d have much longer to sort my life out.
I’ve had my current job since March and it’s technically my first job, because the one I was dismissed from doesn’t count lol. So my lack of experience will affect my chances of getting a decent full time job (£18K+ salary & a job I enjoy).

It’s probably not clear what it is that I need help with... basically, I just need some advice on wtf I should do with my life 😂 Would it be worth paying to do A-Levels, should I bother trying to get into uni if I can’t draw, what could I do after A-Levels in terms of working towards starting adulthood, and how should I go about trying to achieve my goals in life?
I know these are questions that I should answer myself, but it would seem that all I seem to do with my life is mess it up aha.
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Ok lots of info there - in terms of the education side of things the worst thing you could have done was quit college so fast after starting .

All is not lost though as the British academy of interior design or BAID for short off three courses

Follow this link

https://www.baid.co.uk/courses?gclid...E#btec_courses

If you can’t pay there may be loan options available to you..

You need to call them and be proactive - write down all your questions, and don’t feel silly going through.them. Home based study requires self discipline- no saying that Yourll do something later just cause you can nip out of a friend calls.

At the same time you need to get some life experience find other interior designers - think small operations to begin with as that will be your starting point - if you get on well you could ask them to be a business mentor whilst you get started.

So to summarise:
1. Go on BAIDs website and read through everything - is it for you
2. If it is - call them or email them and ask if you could come in and discuss the course options.
3. Have your questions ready - they may want to interview you so be ready for that aswell - dress professionally but have ONE twist - such as a bright pair of shoes - something that makes you pop out.
4. Before interview you will want to start involving yourself in the subject - start collecting samples and catalogue these so u can find - paint cards; wallpaper and fabric swatches. Get some magazines - you may have to order some of the big monthly ones.
Prepare yourself for doing a small presentation like a mood board or something.
Know not only this years trends but think about what you think will be trending next year.
5. Work hard and progress listen to others and remember the roll of interior designer is to listen to the clients brief and to work to the brief but to try and edge them out of their comfort zone. It is not to put what you like in there house - you also need to remember that you may not like something but others will.

Finally - forget about the house for now - most people don’t buy until they are 30+ get your career off ttkna popping start, relationship then house ok

Hope that helps
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Thank you so much!! Yes this helps me a lot ☺️ Very grateful
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1 Stop trying to pre-program your entire life. It's not necessary nor are you, or anybody else, likely to to very good at it.

2] If your capable of getting 3 x 'A' level then do so. It's much harder later in life. "They won't have me back" that's a little disturbing. Did you do something wrong? If so repair the damage or go somewhere else.

3] When you've got your 'A' levels post again
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I admit that I am a bit too organised and I do try to control what happens in my life, but that’s because I’ve suffered the consequences of not planning what to do with my life and going with the flow... They don’t want me back because I dropped out and they don’t think I can get decent grades, not because I did anything wrong aha. I know I can get decent grades though because I can do anything if I put my mind to it... I didn’t bother with my GCSE’s so they think I’m not academically capable of anything. (No I didn’t fail them)
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Thank you so much!! Yes this helps me a lot ☺️ Very grateful
No worries - let us know how you get on etc...

It’s not about pre programming a life it’s about asking for some advice which is often very straight forward when a person has gone through a similar process - everything can seem a bit chaotic and foggy when your like 18/19

And I disagree with the a level thing although I do think it was hasty, and it may be worth atleast going back till an interior course starts.
“Schools” can be extremely pressurising to get students to attend college and sixth form (it’s one of their measures)
And often that school or the local college may not offer the appropriate course - OP may have shown an interest during career discussions the year before but not many teachers will have the time to help every single pupil on a personal level or the knowledge of where to go for specialist courses.

OP - I wanna hear that you have read through the course information and are going to call/email them
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I admit that I am a bit too organised and I do try to control what happens in my life, but that’s because I’ve suffered the consequences of not planning what to do with my life and going with the flow... They don’t want me back because I dropped out and they don’t think I can get decent grades, not because I did anything wrong aha. I know I can get decent grades though because I can do anything if I put my mind to it... I didn’t bother with my GCSE’s so they think I’m not academically capable of anything. (No I didn’t fail them)
And that’s the the view - when you ring BAID ask what they think if you did a diploma I think that’s worth 2 a-levels anyway - you may need certain a levels if you want to take it to university level - however unless you are wanting to be an architect I’m not sure how necessary it would be - again talk to the people around you who should know.

If you are not 19 the college has a legal obligation to take you back so they can’t really say that if you just dropped out.

Grades aren’t everything and a design based course will recognise that - I’m no expect but my guess would be thy will expect a decent level of education. Min C at gcse core subjects, and a passion for the subject and interior design industry as a hole.
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No worries - let us know how you get on etc...

It’s not about pre programming a life it’s about asking for some advice which is often very straight forward when a person has gone through a similar process - everything can seem a bit chaotic and foggy when your like 18/19

And I disagree with the a level thing although I do think it was hasty, and it may be worth atleast going back till an interior course starts.
“Schools” can be extremely pressurising to get students to attend college and sixth form (it’s one of their measures)
And often that school or the local college may not offer the appropriate course - OP may have shown an interest during career discussions the year before but not many teachers will have the time to help every single pupil on a personal level or the knowledge of where to go for specialist courses.

OP - I wanna hear that you have read through the course information and are going to call/email them
I’ll have a look at the course now. I was also interested in doing this course: https://www.theinteriordesigninstitute.co.uk but I’m not 100% sure it’ll give me a recognised qualification. I just know that it gives you guidance in starting a business at the end
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And that’s the the view - when you ring BAID ask what they think if you did a diploma I think that’s worth 2 a-levels anyway - you may need certain a levels if you want to take it to university level - however unless you are wanting to be an architect I’m not sure how necessary it would be - again talk to the people around you who should know.

If you are not 19 the college has a legal obligation to take you back so they can’t really say that if you just dropped out.

Grades aren’t everything and a design based course will recognise that - I’m no expect but my guess would be thy will expect a decent level of education. Min C at gcse core subjects, and a passion for the subject and interior design industry as a hole.
So do you think a course would be better to do than going to university? I’m 17 by the way aha
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I’ll have a look at the course now. I was also interested in doing this course: https://www.theinteriordesigninstitute.co.uk but I’m not 100% sure it’ll give me a recognised qualification. I just know that it gives you guidance in starting a business at the end
So they only provide a diploma which is worth less than a HND - Yourll need a HND if you want to top it up to a BA later down the line.
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Consider the open college of arts:

https://www.oca.ac.uk

They offer a degree in what you want to do and you don't need A levels to get started. You can also do foundation courses with them that will allow you to test the water first as well as skill you up in the ways that you need. It's also a third the cost of a traditional degree.
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So they only provide a diploma which is worth less than a HND - Yourll need a HND if you want to top it up to a BA later down the line.
Oh okay. I looked into BAID and the courses that they offer and they look amazing!! Apparently if I do their BTEC diploma, it’d lead to the final year of a degree at university, which is great and actually works out cheaper for me aha. I’m definitely going to look into doing that instead of A-Levels if college definitely won’t take me back, then if they do I’ll just have more qualifications by the end of it
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Good on you
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