The Decent Job or the Unsophisticated One?

Is it hard finding a decent job for architecture graduates?

Well, first of all, before pondering on this question, kindly go out there and spread your resume.  You wouldn’t get a job if you don’t give an effort to it… unless you’re a pretty dependent person who thinks he/she doesn’t need to find a job ’cause somebody else can provide for them.  Well, good luck.

When you say decent job, it means that you’re going to be inspired on your work which will lead a productive outcome.  It will give you a fair income, offer benefits, and proper security and safety within the premises.  You are free to express your thoughts and they will eventually help you to make it better.  The firm will give an equal opportunity for everyone to grow up.

Well, no ones perfect.  But the imperfections can give a very promising experience.  Not all of the companies that will take you in will give you a decent job.  Trust me.  Some of the firms require their employees to graduate from a top school.  Some of them are searching for those who are young graduates with a 40 year old experience and will give an undergrad allowance.  That’s reality.

It’s hard to work if you’re underpaid… even though you love your job.  Sometimes, passion is not enough to feed your hungry stomach and pay for your transportation to get to your work.

The worst part is, a high salary can block your vision of finding a job that can offer you a good experience.

For a newly grad student, it is best to go to small firms wherein you get to design, talk to clients, give remarks to every bit of the whole job, and talk to suppliers and contractors.  In short, it’s best to join a small team wherein you’ll get stressed out (a bit-not) because you’re going to participate in every corner of the whole project.  Sometimes, it’s best to be stressed on level 1, than to face the last boss with less skills because you were inexperienced.

Most of my friends also tell me that big firms will only teach you to detail a certain part (the toilet detail/the stair detail) of the project for the whole apprenticeship.  You wouldn’t want that.

Save the list of the promising firms after your board exam.  They can provide a stepping stone for your bright career.  But don’t forget not to turn them down… ’cause someday, you might be needing their help and you might apply for them again.  So if you’re already an employee of a different company, make sure to tell them that you’re already working for someone else, but perhaps, they can give you another shot after your apprenticeship.

If you really want to find a decent job after your graduation, you can also inquire to your friends who are already working.  Ask them if the company has an opening and if you’re going to be happy with them.  Joining a team really is hard.  The days after the interview will always be uncertain.  Some may give a pleasant aura on the interview and then show their fangs on the next day.  Some may be opposite, so don’t be deceived.

Just don’t be afraid to ask.  Inquire about the boss, the nature of work, the working schedule, the people you’re going to work with, and of course, you’re salary.  It’s not bad to ask.  What’s wrong with asking anyway?  If you’re not going to ask, how will you learn.  So when you join a company, don’t forget to ask the office rules.  ‘Cause some may not orient you on your first/interview day.

So is it really hard to find a decent job for architecture graduates?  Yes and no. But it will be a bit fun. Just remember, you’re just a fresh grad, no need to rush for a big salary with a heavy responsibility. Take it slow. Take it easy. Take a step at a time. 🙂

Just be cool.  Pray to God.  Send your resume.  Evaluate the firm.  And don’t forget to evaluate yourself.  You need to know if you’ve improved your skills or you’ve added another wrinkle on your face.

Good luck!


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