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How to identify job opportunities when starting your Architecture career?

When valuing whether or not you want to join an industry, it is important to understand what kinds of job opportunities you want to target and find. In comparison to other industries, Architecture is an exchange of value that goes beyond just commercial value. You can be part of making society better and designing structures that assist in the creation of a stronger, more robust community.

Always take advantage of international experiences

Once you have created a system to value different job opportunities, you will have a better idea of what kind of international experience you would or would not take advantage of. Most of the time, the challenge of moving abroad and learning how to be professional in a whole new culture and company is a positive opportunity. Each country has their own history, which impacts their architecture style and influences. For example, Romania is a post-soviet country where the architecture scene is defined by their post-dictatorship legacy that impacted the way the society developed over time. Being between Europe and Asia creates a bridge between cultures that is reflected in the Architecture.

If you never leave your comfort zone within your own country or region, then you will never experience different perspectives on how architecture can be practiced. Always make the most of international travel and work.

Only apply to firms that clearly have the same moral and professional values as you

When you wake up every day, you are probably thinking about your daily tasks, but how do you prioritize what you will be doing each day? You must have a set of values or a system that helps you to decide which tasks are the most important.

If you want to work for a firm every day, you want to make sure that you believe in what the firm is doing. If the work you will be doing at the firm does not inspire you to work harder, you probably are in the wrong job position. The sooner you make these assessments of each opportunity, the sooner you will reach a position that is correct for you.

You are working towards a common goal, so once you have figured out how you want to make an impact on the world individually, you can then go and find the firms that match your life mission.

Once you find the perfect position, make sure your first impression is on point

By researching the firm and knowing what their company goals and moral code is, you will be able to better understand what the decision makers at the firm are looking for in an ideal candidate. Make sure that you have your elevator pitch ready and your cheat sheet for each company. Your cheat sheet should be personalized and it allows you to proactively select the projects and experiences that you would like to present to the interviewers beforehand.

The key challenge for an architect is not only getting the job position they want, but also to get their design hopes and dreams to be built in real life. Many times, architects must compromise and collaborate with a variety of parties to build a project to completion. Once you have found the group of people that you know you will be able to work with and compromise and collaborate with, you will feel that your career is more complete. Here is an article we wrote for you to practice your interview skills, 5 Ways to Practice For Your Next Architecture Interview.

When considering your next career move, plan proactively and create Portfolios that include your best work. Consider looking into finding a mentor with Architect-USand improving your Portfolios with our Portfolio Plans and Career Advice Program. We provide coaching and personalized mentorship, so you can have a professional and experienced take on your next steps in your career, as well as a great team to confide in.

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