Architects' Collective Student Union: The Working Student - The Lost Student’s Guide
Architects' Collective Student Union: The Working Student - The Lost Student’s Guide - As we approach the end of the academic year, students are again discussing the issue of work. Whether you are a third year student looking for work for the next year, or a student looking for holiday work, one cannot ignore the importance of obtaining as much as experience in the working world as possible. All schools of architecture encourage this, and in some cases schools will only consider accepting students into the honours program once they have ventured out into the professional world.
Finding a job proves to be somewhat of a challenge, simply because of the competition from not only our peers, but also from other qualified architects and draftsmen in the profession. In any given class in the undergraduate degree, more than 70 of your closest friends will be applying for the same jobs you are; submitting portfolios and CV’s to 50 firms who have no idea who you are will not bring back the kind of responses you are looking for.A successful job application for a student requires commitment not only to the course, but also to the architect community. The world is one large network and we need to expose ourselves to it, make a face for ourselves as early as possible.