Tyson, I do understand your point, i am also having the same concern, Have been in the industry for 10years and recently lost my job in the last 5 months. it has been hard getting work and projects in South Africa. The economists are saying things are getting better but i don't see things changing soon with the current state of affairs. The only solution is when one could get a project or work in the State Departments. People who will benefit are those big companies who will exploit the current earth desasters which happened in Haiti and Chile. Remember during world war II there was a great depression then and the total destruction in Germany and other European states, that sort of boosted the economy back and that was the emergence of Monopoly Capitalism also.
We hope things will get better though.
I agree Wisani. Larger companies are able to exploit opportunities in this type of economy when smaller firms are just trying to stay afloat. I too hope that things will get better soon. Good luck in your search.
hey,I'm also newly graduated Architecture student! :) found it frustrating,coz even when someone is offering a job in the field,I won't get it,due to luck of experience...... :( it's the recession that causes all this,and even though some experts are claiming that it'll get better soon,I'm not very convinced.
anyways good luck to both of you,hopefully the sunny days are not so far away! :)
Thanks for the comment Stella. I got a lot of those "we want 100 years of experience and we'll pay you like ten bucks an hour" kind of job posts. It feels like you'll never be able to get your foot in the door, but keep your chin up and keep trying. You just have to be more stubborn than the economy ;). Good luck!
I really think that it is of great concern when so much of creative talent is succumbed to either change career or go an alternative path, which by the way is a great transition in itself, because you just begin to understand what architecture is very late in the profession after having gained experience, unlearning things, learning or developing your own ideas, and then all of a sudden just because of economic climate and reasons you need to find something else!!!...
The creative loss is great and as such I often wonder what legacy,if any, we as architects leave for future generations as we had the good fortune to learn from ancient architecture.
I think its time to enterprise on creative talent rather than change path because success of any practice is based on people and vital is to meet like minded individuals with same wavelength , willing to take risks and start something of their own.
Seems like this is a main concern all over the world... I am in North Wales, UK. and the economy sucks rotten, I am a part 1 student with a year left before graduation and fear there will be nothing to apply for when i do.
So, I kick off plan B... luckily I have worked in construction for 10 years prior to my studies ( http://ctdsolutions.posterous.com ) and with these contacts I am all ready networking for architectural work, for example, small extensions, garage conversions etc all this will add to my CV (Resume) which will hopefully give me the experience I need. My advice is to sell your self at every opportunity and offer friends or family your services for cut prices. its going to be harder for us newly grads to get work but don't let negativity overcome you.
Best wishes good luck to you all.
Hey guys, I am a 3rd year student of Architecture. My seniors who graduated in 2008 and 2009 have not found good jobs. They have started getting into freelance 3D modeling work for existing entrenched Architects. There are not enough new jobs out there. :(
Hey folks. I'm studying in Tokyo and many (read: more than half) of the graduates last year went into interior and drafting/modeling. I know at least over here demand for interior designers is growing fairly quickly at the expense of architects.
I'm not sure how viable it would be in the long run for people in other countries, but I personally wouldn't mind a short detour into a related field like interior or furniture design just so to brighten up my CV. For upcoming graduates with the same goal in mind, another idea would be to do some volunteer work in a foreign country before/while looking for employment... although I guess financially this is could be a bit of a stretch, considering a lot of us will be coming out with buckets of debt.
Still, anything to broaden your cultural experience is a definitely a plus with regards to architecture.
I left my 4 years job because i have a really bad payment, but its getting to hard to get a new job. The economy its not helping, but the big companies are hiring people with low salaries. I know i have a lot of experience because i´m working in remodelations since 2001, so i´m trying to work by myself. In my country most of young architechts are working in interiors and furniture because the big companies are not hiring. I hope things get better for everyone.