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Hayley is studying on the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered online by IDI. Already an accomplished designer with a Dubai based interior design company, Hayley decided that achieving a recognised qualification would help her feel more established in her career. She has been kind enough to share her thoughts on studying online, and to explain why she chose to study with IDI:

 hayley profile“I have been involved within the interior design industry for going on 29 years and I am completely self-taught, so I suppose you could say that my career has evolved through experience.

“I have no formal training other than I had a natural empathy for anything connected with interiors and making things look lovely. I started making curtains which led to small interior design projects. That led to my opening my own business, and that led to my heading design teams here in the UAE. We design and execute commercial, residential, and hospitality projects not just here in Dubai but in the complete Middle East and North Africa region.

“However, the design teams that I lead are all better qualified (on paper) than I am. This, together with encouragement from my family, made me look at options available to me to get a relevant qualification.

“I looked at many online courses available through other universities but kept coming back to IDI. I liked the ‘informal/formal personality’ that seemed to be present with IDI.

“I also wanted a course that had a structured timetable so I knew that there were set timelines, a start date and an end date. This was important for me. So many other courses allowed you to go at your own pace, which I felt was dangerous as it could instil a laziness to progress. This wasn't what I was looking for.

“I am enjoying the course immensely but admit that I have struggled with the actual ‘school-like studying’. I left school at 16 after my GSCE so things have changed – a lot!

“However, the tutors and my fellow students have been supportive and a great go-to source for information. In Semester B, I relied on both tutor and peer support a lot and wasn't disappointed.

“On a personal stance it will give me accreditation in something that I have been life long involved with.

“If you’re considering studying online with IDI, I would advise that you accept that you will have to sacrifice a lot of your own personal time, and if you have a higher position within a company that isn't the regular 9-5 job then it will impact on your daily work so you have to make allowances for this.

“Having said that, remind yourself why you are doing it and what you will achieve because of it.”

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