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Elizabeth Croft, a recent graduate, reflects on her journey to becoming a successful freelancer.

25th September 2017
Architecture and constructionArchitecture and design

Even before I graduated I was doing freelance work for employers linked to the Interior Design course at Solent University, through the professional branding unit I had the opportunity to create my own business and marketing portfolio.

The first offer was from a London based company who also acted as mentors for final year students, this gave me first hand contact with employers which helped me gain an internship. Insightful Environments specialise in office interiors and whilst I was there I worked on a range of projects at varying different stages. Some projects were still at tender stage so I was able to work on specification pages to present to clients using In Design. I also had the opportunity to use other software and create different schemes to present to the clients varying in style and colour. Lastly, I was able to take part in a site visit to a newly completed office for one of Insightful Environments' clients. 

I have also completed work creating interior visuals for a residential and hospitality interior design company called Homesmiths. I thoroughly enjoyed this work as I love being able to see a proposed scheme come to life and know that my work is able to help the end client see what they are getting before work begins and ensure the design is exactly what they want. Freelance work has enabled me to work on a variety of different projects at different stages and exposes me to all areas of interior design. At Southampton Solent in the BA (Hons) Interior Design course you learn a wide range of software which is a crucial part of my time at university, as the skills I learnt have been what's enabled me to begin freelance work so early on. 

Elizabeth Croft, BA (Hons) Interior Design

More of Elizabeth's designs can be found on her website