Meet the Woman Who Left Corporate Life to Become an Interior Designer

In honour of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s latest book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($24), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. So far, we’ve tapped Lisa Gersh, Pip Edwards, Kelly Wearstler, and more. Up next? Interior designer Alix Helps.

Alix Helps is proof you don't have to have it all figured out in your twenties. As one of the most in-demand interior decorators on Sydney's North Shore, you'd be forgiven for assuming she has always worked in design. The truth is, though, this creative force spent decades working in the corporate world before finding her true career calling.

If you're pressing go on another year sitting at a cubicle and wondering if that little voice in the back of your head might be right, we know you'll get a lot from reading Helps' creative career change story. 

Before taking the leap, she juggled her corporate career with study at Sydney's International School of Colour and Design (ISCD). She completed a Certificate IV in Design and then a Diploma in Interior Styling, before launching Alix Helps Interiors

In this fun and frank Career Code interview, Helps shares her secret to sparking creativity every day, and her best advice when it comes to changing your career path in 2018.

If you've felt restless back at work and you're contemplating a career as an interior designer, this might just be the push you need.

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