February 22, 2021

After working in the nonprofit sector as a marketing and public relations professional for many years, Jennifer Severson knew she was ready to make a career change, but she didn’t want to get another bachelor’s degree.  She had started her college career studying Interior Design before switching majors, so her mother suggested that she check out Century College’s Interior Design program.  

“Century College just checked all the boxes for me,” recalls Jennifer, “Plus, I lived on the East side of the Metro, so the location was perfect.

A New Beginning

When Jennifer started Century’s Interior Design program, she was wholly committed. “I worked on my program full time,” she says. “And although I worked on both residential and commercial internships, I still managed to finish in two years, graduating in 2012.”  She was also busy with the student chapter of  the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and participated in many professional development events and activities.

In addition, she enjoyed everything about her classroom experience. “I loved the faculty so much.  Sarah, Sheree, and Sandy – they were all great,” Jennifer says.  “It was nice to have faculty who were professional designers.  They complemented each other.”

Moving Up the Career Ladder

Following graduation, Jennifer gained valuable work experience with various designers and showrooms, until she was hired at Studio M Interiors. The last  6-12 months have been busier than ever for her.

“I like the variety of challenges I’m working on right now. I work with some commercial clients and my projects include designing lobbies, offices, townhomes, and a clubhouse for a condo.  I really love doing residential projects, too–those are much more creative and personal.”

Continuous Learning

Jennifer finds that there are plenty of opportunities for professional growth in the Interior Design.  “There’s so much to learn in this field, especially from my co-workers. I love the collaboration and I learn something new every day.”  Jennifer notes, “You need to be able to do both the creative side and the business side to do this job right.”  

On her Century College experience, Jennifer says, “There are a myriad of Interior Design programs, but Century College is focused on what you’ll need to be successful in the field.  The faculty help you understand how the field works, plus, the tuition is reasonable.  You get a very good education at a very reasonable price.”  

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