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Old 10-30-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default Any architects or arch. office employees here?

I graduated last fall with a BS in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and am finding it difficult to snag a job. I want to work at an office for a year or two before I pick a graduate school, but it seems like all offices are down-sizing ....

... just curious how everyone else in this field is doing?
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This is with most fields. People graduating are expecting to just fall into a good job, and that just isn't going to happen for most people, in any field. I know so many people who are recently graduated and working in a different field for far less pay than they expected to be making.
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This is with most fields. People graduating are expecting to just fall into a good job, and that just isn't going to happen for most people, in any field. I know so many people who are recently graduated and working in a different field for far less pay than they expected to be making.
Nursing FTW!

Your parents will continue getting older and we will all continue getting fatter, meaning the medical world will just keep growing

I know how you feel though. My Associates degree in Automotive and Diesel technology from an accredited university got me very little... Minus giving half the prereq's needed for the ADN program.
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This is with most fields. People graduating are expecting to just fall into a good job, and that just isn't going to happen for most people, in any field. I know so many people who are recently graduated and working in a different field for far less pay than they expected to be making.

Yes I know, I am seeing this with all of my friends from school... such a depressing time for us college grads. This is the time of our life where there should be excitement in the career realm; true financial independance and productive days with measureable return (no more all-nighters working on projects for free haha).

I was recently laid off from a civil engineering office because of the lack of incoming jobs... gah this sucks.

Still curious if there are any architects on here though!
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the reality is your graduating into a one of the worst fields in terms of job growth.

Residential is D-E-A-D ... dead. Commercial in the U.S. is miserable at best.

Learn Mandarin and go to China.


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the reality is your graduating into a one of the worst fields in terms of job growth.

Residential is D-E-A-D ... dead. Commercial in the U.S. is miserable at best.

Learn Mandarin and go to China.


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I'm learning cantonese slowly, does that count?

... I'm thinking about just knocking up a rich woman at the moment.
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I'm thinking about just knocking up a rich woman at the moment.
Sounds like a plan, DO IT!

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subtle brag thread
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bragging of unemployment... hrmmmmmmmmmmmm
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I'll brag a bit then.

I work in an architectural firm. We specialize in roofing. We're not roofing contractors, just consultants. www.RoofDCS.com

We are absolutely swamped. International building code requires any reroofing project over 5,000SF, over $25,000 or any publicly occupied building (ie. paid for with tax dollars like post offices, schools, city buildings) are required to be signed and sealed by an architect or engineer. We're both an architectural firm and roof consultants.

We're actually so busy, that we're looking for another employee. We've interviewed a few people, but most architects think little of roofs. They're usually a final thought when designing. As a result, it's hard finding someone with any experience in both fields. There's plenty of architects and engineers looking and plenty of ex-roofing contractors looking. But none with experience in both.

Currently, we have 9 projects under construction right now. 2 national guard armories, 3 high schools, 2 middle schools, 1 elementary school, and 1 school board building.
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I never got a dgree in landscape arcitecture, but I have become self taught. It took about 10 years, but I have created a highly specialized niche. Being the only game in town has its advantages.

There are are a lot of green builders that are successful. Look into that avenue.
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I never got a dgree in landscape arcitecture, but I have become self taught. It took about 10 years, but I have created a highly specialized niche. Being the only game in town has its advantages.

There are are a lot of green builders that are successful. Look into that avenue.
I have been thinking about getting into landscape architecture... my land surveying backround and design school work seem like they could mesh nicely.

hmm
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