The end of the year is the perfect time to check in with your professional and personal achievements and set intentions for the year ahead. Whether you’re looking for more connections in your professional community, leaning into the technical side of the industry, or transitioning into a new role, taking that first step is always the toughest part. We’re here to lend a helping hand!
Consider starting off the year with some of the options below:
Get Involved – Join Associations & Stay Connected!
Our industry is lucky to have so many associations and ways for professionals to get connected. If you’re not already familiar with the chapters available in your area, here are a few to look into.
IIDA – International Interior Design Association: IIDA provides meaningful resources to commercial interior designers and their clients to advance the profession and enhance business value.
ASID – American Society of Interior Designers: ASID advances the interior design profession and communicates the impact of design on the human experience.
NEWH – The Hospitality Industry Network: NEWH is the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities. It’s about Scholarship, Education, and Business Networking.
AIA – American Institute of Architects: The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.
NKBA – National Kitchen & Bath Association: The NKBA is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the kitchen and bath industry. It has almost 14,000 member companies across North America.
Brush up on your software skills
No matter the tools of the trade that you’re used to, it is never too late to pick up a new skill or brush up on the newest update of programs you use day today. Some quick links are available below, or for a more in-depth dive, consider reading our Keeping Up With the Technologies blog.
- Autodesk Software – Updates and Resources to Utilize
- Autodesk Software – All Platforms Free Trials & Demos
- AutoCAD – 30 Day Free Trial
- REVIT – 30 Day Free Trial
- Autodesk 3DS Max – 30 Day Free Trial
- Adobe Creative Suite– 7 Day Free Trial
- Sketchup – 30 Day Free Trial
Thinking of Relocating? These could be helpful!
The Wonders of Relocation blog gives a glimpse into why staying in one place might be holding you back. Aside from a change of scenery, being able to reinvent yourself in a new town can spark new waves of creativity!
LivAbility.com releases a report each year of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. You can view the 2021 report by clicking here.
Not sure where to begin? Try BestPlaces.net to Find Your Best Place 10-question quiz that can help narrow down what cities might match your ideal lifestyle, then research the cost of living & compare cities.
Once you have a destination in mind, AIM Relocation provides information on home values, moving services, cost of living, and school reports.
For the most comprehensive list of movers & moving services in your area, MoversDirectory.com is the one-stop-shop for offers, tips & tricks, quotes, and more.
Thinking of switching roles?
Stepping into a new role does not always mean leaving your current company. Indeed.com has a great resource on When To Ask for a Promotion (and How to Do It Effectively). On the flip side, if the time has come and you feel that you have plateaued in your current company – Jobs.InteriorTalent.com is updated daily to provide Architecture & Interior Design career opportunities nationwide and there is a team of recruiters ready to lend a helping hand.