Roisin Kelly

My typical work day involves working on domestic houses, interiors and exteriors, redecorating various rooms. It may be preparing a room for painting or hanging wallpaper.

How did you get your job?
When I was 16 I wrote letters to over ten decorating companies and I only got three responses. Two rejection letters and only one invite for an interview. I went for my interview with Michael Tierney Decorators LTD (Now retired) and he gave me my chance. I worked for him on and off for over 10 years until I started up my own company Decorating Jersey in 2013 with my partner.

What motivates you in this role?
It’s getting to do different things every day. I couldn’t handle an office job. One of my favourite things to do is hanging wallpaper. I love to see the finished room. It gives me a great sense of achievement to know what I have accomplished and the customer is happy with my work.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
There are always more things to learn. New products come out with different systems of use that you have to stay up-to-date with. It’s easy to get left behind. I still favour using oil based paints, although I know one day they won’t exist anymore. So I am trying my best to go with the times.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?
Patience – Especially for hanging wallpaper or doing something fiddly.
A keen eye for detail – Preparation is key, you can’t get a good finish on anything if you don’t do the preparation right.
Customer service – Trying your best to give the client what they want. This is not always possible but good communication is key.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
Be prepared for hard work. It’s a physical job. If you want to do a hands-on job like decorating, stick at it. Don’t give up too easy. The first year is the hardest. You’re using muscles you never knew you had. It’s tiring but you’ll get there!

I am not your average girly girl, although I do enjoy getting my nails done (when I haven’t bitten them all haha). I enjoy getting my hands dirty doing up furniture in my spare time (when I get any).

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