Are you an architect who has just finished their degree? Young and full of potential but at a loss on how to tackle the job market?
You have a little knowledge of what being an architect in the practical world on a day-to-day basis means. You are confused about where to start and how to go. Well, don’t worry. You are not alone! The post-college transition phase can be quite overwhelming, and the highlight of its challenges is “job hunting”. So, here are a few tips to help you kickstart the journey of your search:
- Which branch of architecture intrigues you most? Do you wish to be joining big firms or small ones? Look for what fits your aspirations.
- Doing an internship helps you get the “ tricks of the trade” which is an important step at the beginning of your career and will truly teach you a lot.
- Making an impression is a MUST if you really want the job. You can stand out if you are serious in managing the following:
- Your resume
- Your answers and body language in the interview.
- When writing your resume, get to the point. Stop the general talk and get into specifics. What you wish to accomplish in your career is one example that is if written properly, can give a boost to your CV. It is all about the information you can give to tell the reader something extra about you.
- Getting ready for an interview is no easy job. Work hard on your preparations to smash the interview. Looking online for the studio you want to work with is not enough. You can talk to other people who work at that place and try to know the difficult questions that are usually asked in the interview.
- A recommendation letter is a key point in your application. Pay a visit to your college professors; they can be a great help. They may know architects who can recommend you, or better, the very same architects you want to work with.
- Express externally who you are inside. Try to genuinely express yourself through your experiences and explorations. State your point of difference by representing yourself well in your portfolio.
- Get out of your comfort zone. If you need to move to a more suitable city for better opportunities, go for it. The transition might not be easy but can be totally worth it.
- Do not undermine yourself in the industry by voluntarily working overtime hours or offering your efforts for free. This creates unhealthy conceptions and expectations within the industry.
- Know when to quit. Don’t stay in a workplace that doesn’t encourage you or drive you forward. Don’t hold on to it if it no longer meets with your goals.