Architectural Technologist (Photo credit: Scays)
Last night, two of the West Midlands region attended the Newent Community School Parents evening along with several other companies and services, to help parents and students decide what they will do for the next 40 years or so, it’s a daunting task, 16 ish trying to find a profession with so little time, going on gut feeling and the current interest of the youngsters, with a reasonable amount of parent pressure to ” find a job”. Still I was very pleased to talk to several who were interested in the role of the Architectural Technologist. More so the one chap who had already worked as an intern in an office to find out if he was really interested in our work.
I was asked several times what advice I could give, well first it was learned to use Google Sketchup, second learn to type, third, start reading about construction, fourth and probably the most important, start to collect information about yourself, start a portfolio of activity, google sketchup projects, a reading list, and a short activity diary, with a more formal CV as well.
Several wanted to know about getting placements, can’t help I’m afraid, other than advice you to get this portfolio ready and be prepared to work the summer for free, the payment is experience and the company name on your CV, make use of this time to enhance the portfolio, which should be taking shape quite nicely by now. Make a list of the companies that interest you in reasonable commuter distance, find out what they do, their website will help, or just phone them, if they brush you of, then in all probability they are not for you.
Your reading list should include books on Architecture, construction, and don’t just list books, read them and add comment, sketch out house designs you like and them to your portfolio and addd comment, simple articles on say a shopping centre, what annoys you, what you thing is good, it will show commitment, and allow an insite into you. Start reading the Architectural press, if your school does not receive any of these, contact the librarian and if they are not forthcoming, contact the paper, BD is going to be the first port, next Building, look for their web sites and others, plead, beg what ever, but get them to send free copies to the school.
You might want to start all of this as a blog site, it will enable you to pull in video, pictures and audio files of your work, and be so much easier to attach as a link than sending paper. Blogger might be ok, but so is WordPress, both are free and so easy to set up. You all have mobile phones with cameras, start using them to record things, construction, art, what ever, that may enhance your site and let the future employer get to know you and your interests. You have to stand out in this world, a good CV is important, but so in a web site, it will enhance and expand your only link to a future employer.
Above all remember, success is 95% hard work, 4% sweat, and 1% divine intervention. and Chance favours the prepared mind.