Unlike other professionals, many architects graduate annually to meet few or no job opportunities outside.
For the unprepared this may be a setback because not all graduates are entrepreneurial. Most usually settle for work in organizations before setting out on their own.
For those who set out as entrepreneurs there are over 21 things you can do with your architecture degree.
What you need to know about professional registration
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Where can architects work
Some architects after graduation approach working in different ways. Either by freelancing; working in big organizations such as banks, universities, construction and manufacturing firms. Other work for the government or in architectural firms.
While other may be career growth, promotions, professional registration, job security, building a business etc.
Therefore one question every young architect must ask himself is:
What’s the best career path for me and will it guarantee a fulfilled life?
What determines the career path architects should take
Every career path has its merit and demerits. Your capabilities, talents, passion and personal desires is what should shape the path you take or do not take.
Sometimes, flexibility, determination and a combination of work type may be what is needed to attain that great height.
Should you Freelance or work in an organization immediately after graduation.
It has the tendency to deprive you of getting registered or licensed as an architect.
This is so because under such conditions (except in special cases) you won’t meet the requirements for professional registration. The requirement is to work as an intern for a minimum of 2 years under a registered architect while filling a logbook with your experiences.
This makes you eligible to sit for the professional examinations.
The Pride of the architect
Without which you become a quack architect even with all your degrees.
The solution therefore is to quickly after graduation commence your pupilage so as to finish in record time.
After which you van venture into freelancing, owning your firm or working for other organizations or governments .
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Should you own your architectural firm post registration.
“Are my passionate enough about architecture and will you be willing to persevere even when things are tough”
“If when offered a job with an organization that guarantees steady pay and Job security, will your love and passion for architecture cause you to reject the offer and stick with the architectural firm you just set up?”
“Besides being good architecturally. Are you social enough or do you have the network or character to attract and retain commissions/ clients. Or do you have someone who can do this for me?”
Answers to the entrepreneurship question
In some cases you may partner with someone who has some of the above skills. You may also decide to work in a good architectural firm and grow to becoming a partner there.
Perhaps you may achieve this by also engaging in interior design, landscape design, design build, sales of building and interior items, graphics design, lecturing, post construction cleaning etc.
The only downside it may have is in the event of job loss. Besides that it may guarantee a steady income, promotions, job security, etc.
Should you work in an architectural firm and how long
Due to the ways architectural firms are structured (with the exception of the very big ones), they are mostly improperly developed organization. They often have a single head whose presence and absence dictates the success of the firm.
The chances of career growth, job security and a very good pay is slim.
One major merit for working in architectural firms is the chance for professional registration they provide. After which architects have to look else where to improve their career and finances.
When picking a firm to work for, especially if you intend to work there for long and probably grow to being a partner, then the big and ones are better.
If what you want is to learn and get professionally registered only, then the small ones are good. Here, you are more likely to get a one on one rapport with the boss.
After that decide on what path suits them based on their passion and capabilities.
They could decide to either go into owning their firm if they meets the requirements, working in an organization/ government or teaching at the university.