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Cleveland District State High School

Garnet Evans

Only two years after finishing school, Garnet Evans’ interior design skills gained at TAFE Queensland have helped him win a design competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village.

Garnet spent six months figuring out what to do after Year 12, before embarking on an interior design course at TAFE Queensland’s Coomera campus.

‘Eventually I realised that doing something I enjoyed and developing my networking skills would open up job opportunities,’ he said.

‘At school I found practical subjects with hands-on learning more engaging than traditional subjects such as Maths or English.

‘I’ve always liked design because there are so many creative options, so I thought I’d start with interior design and see how it went.

‘Through TAFE Queensland I landed an interior design job with a tile company, and won a design competition for a hair and beauty salon in the Games Village.

‘The best part about my course is working with head designers and being exposed to people across the industry.

‘At work I’m also learning new skills through a range of projects, from designing multiple apartments to visual merchandising for a flagship store.’

Garnet is now looking forward to the launch of his winning design in March 2018.

‘It’s definitely a career highlight to have my work showcased as part of the Games Village,’ he said.

‘Eventually I see myself in the media side of interior design, whether it be photo shoots, or profiling unique, unconventional spaces.’

Garnet’s advice for school leavers: Be open to things you might not have considered – they might surprise you.

Subjects: Ancient History, English, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Prevocational Mathematics, Tourism Studies, Certificate III in Business
Career goal: To work in the media side of interior design.

Last updated: 04-Dec-2017