CONNECTIONS Last week, we continued the process of A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. – the process of gaining experience as a student or soon-to-be architectural graduate.  Below is the PROCESS Assessment – 022520 Research – 030420 Connections – 031629 Help Interim Positions Tools Experience Commitment Transition Connections are crucial to success.  Regardless of the discipline, over 60 percent of…

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RESEARCH Last week, we started the process of A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. – the process of gaining experience as a student or soon-to-be architectural graduate.  Below is the PROCESS Assessment – 022520 Research – 030620 Connections – Help Interim Positions Tools Experience Commitment Transition RESEARCH is critical.  What positions in an architecture firm can best utilize your skills…

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A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. In the last entry, we discussed the Architecture Career Fair and how to make the most of these events connecting you to the profession.  Now, over the next many weeks, we will outline the process of securing a position within the profession – be it only for the summer or for after graduation. Amazingly,…

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CAREER FAIR It is that time of year when many if not most architecture programs typically hold career fairs during this time of year – February and March.  Below are steps to ensure success! First, be sure to attend.  In my many years of experience working with students, many will have excuses for not attending…

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WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A NEW DESIGNER? With graduation this month for the most part and many graduates seeking their first professional position after graduation, I thought I would share answers to the question – What do you look for when hiring a new designer? I look for communication skills, both verbal…

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING There is an old adage – “You needs experience to obtain a job, yet how do you obtain experience if you do not have a job.”  Besides, most employers are seeking graduates with experience. Nearly 91 percent of employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey prefer that their candidates have work experience, and 65…

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CAREER FAIR Many architecture programs typically hold career fairs during this time of year – February and March.  Below are steps to ensure success! First, be sure to attend. In my many years of experience working with students, many will have excuses for not attending – “I am only a first-year students,” “I do not have…

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SUMMER – WHAT TO DO? With the holidays over and the next semester beginning, what will you do this summer? Yes, it is 4-5 months away, but now is the time to start planning and implementing.  Truth be told, the planning should have begun prior to the holidays, but do not let another day go by…

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A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T By applying the skills, you have learned as an architecture student to gaining experience, you will be able to design your own career rather than just letting it happen. Be creative in organizing your search for prospective employers. While not guaranteed, the following ideas, spelling the word ARCHITECT, will assist you in gaining experience.…

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Lately, I have been meeting with a number of upper level design (architecture and interior) students for academic advising; after our discussion on courses, I always ask the question about their plans for next summer – what their plans on are gaining career related experience?  Perhaps, not surprising – very few have begun their search…

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