We receive questions from many young architects and designers from around the world. These questions range from salary negotiation tips to portfolio questions to general tips on how to be successful as an architect. You can find the top 5 we consider to be very important to be successful as an architect, especially in the USA.
1. Make Mistakes and Learn From Them
To err is human, to forgive is divine. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but be prepared to acknowledge them and learn from them. Likewise, do not judge harshly on some other people’s mistakes. Take the best of that experience, and seek the way to improve the project and show your enthusiastic architect passion.
Keep informed about new things in architecture, and mistakes you might make as a beginner can decrease in number as you become more experienced, and your knowledge extends. Do not ever forget that both fresh and experienced architects can make mistakes.
2. Improve Your Speaking Skills
You may not think that speaking can be an essential skill for an architect. You have to be clear and fluent when presenting your ideas or opinions. If you need to hold a presentation, try to rehearse it beforehand. Use any opportunity to practice convincing performances. The confidence and fluency are half the job.
At first, you can practice in front of someone that you trust and someone who will give you an honest remark. Prepare well and always have answers to the most obvious questions that can appear. Be confident, smile, and you will surely be the favorite project presenter.
3. Share Your Skills and Knowledge
The same you learn from your mentors, the same you should do with your colleagues. Share your skills. If you are talented for something, offer your help to those who are less skilled, and in return, they will undoubtedly help you out with things you are not so skilled at. Don’t be afraid to work in a team, because teamwork can produce great results.
Also, in the age of modern technologies, you can share your knowledge online. Many new generation architects seek how to improve their skills and experience, and the Internet is the first place where they look for answers. So, starting your own blog is always a good idea.
4. Take Good Care of Your Career
Start taking care of your career as soon as you enroll in college. Be responsible and take your future seriously, because that is the way that leads to a successful architect career. Learn and respect, and the proper professional outcome will undoubtedly be on the road. Also, pay attention to how you choose your employers, because they will help you a lot with your future.
Learning is always crucial. You cannot make a mistake when you decide to expand your knowledge and improve your skills. There will be times when you will use the knowledge and skills and put them in good use in your business.
5. Have Distinctive Goals
It is essential to know your future goals. It is easier to have the unique goals that you can change on the way if they prove unreasonable. But if you know what do you want or do not want in your future career, it will be easier to focus on them even if it seems that you lost your track. Just remember your goals, and soon you will be back on track.
Goals eventually change as you become older and more experienced. And that is the way things go. Remember what is really important, and what made you happy when you first decided to become an architect.
When considering your next career move, plan proactively and create Portfolios that include your best work. Consider looking into finding a mentor with Architect-US, and 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.