Emerging Professional of the Month

Emerging Professional Profile - July

What’s your story?

When I moved to Manhattan in 2008 everything in the city was new to me. I was newly wed and had just been accepted to study at the New York School of Interior Design, which had always been my dream college. At the time I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my life, studying in a new country and yet to make friends. How could I meet and socialize with people who shared the same interests and passion as me? So I started to research about which associations could benefit me and further my professional career. That’s when I discovered and subsequently became a member of ASID. I felt like I had done something right. I found myself going to a lot of incredible events and networking like never before, and I was surprised how welcoming everybody was to new members. I liked the experience so much that I decided to start volunteering for ASID. These volunteering opportunities allowed me to meet many new designers, and I knew I was m

 

Elizabeth Wetherall, Allied ASID, LEED GA

Manhattan, Kansas

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"Don't be afraid to try something new!"

 

What's your story?

I graduated from Virginia Tech's Interior Design program in the spring of 2013. I loved my major, my fellow classmates, my professors, and the overall experience in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. A week after graduation I married my best friend, Neale, and he and I were immediately whisked off into the life of a military couple, living in 4 states last year alone. After finally settling down in Kansas, I was able to focus on finding a job in my field. Eight months later, after chasing down, interviewing, emailing, and getting lunch with any professional I found in our little Kansas town, I was still without a job. Finally, I applied at Starbucks on a whim, and a week later I had the position! I have dreams to one day return to the field of interior design, and I have no idea how the road I am taking will lead me there. Right now, I am happy to be making your white chocolate mocha while you are headed to your architecture office.

How has your ASID membership influenced your career?

ASID has given me many tools to succeed. Whether it be leadership opportunities, social and networking events, and endless connections within the design field, ASID has it all! I have thoroughly enjoyed my ASID experience in Virginia and Kansas. 

What is the best career advice you have received?

When I was struggling with not being able to find an interior design position, a retired interior architecture professor told me that experience in something is better than no experience at all. And that maybe the job you think you are humbling yourself for will turn out to be something wonderful.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In five years, I hope that I will have learned how to be patient and how to balance my time between family, work, and friends, no matter what type of work it is.