The journey to establishing yourself in the architecture category is difficult and you need to be able to handle rejection as at some point you will have your work questioned. This must not be seen as a failure but more of an experience that you can help yourself to learn from. Prepare for the challenges that lie ahead of you and ensure to keep yourself informed of changes, tips and information.
Have a strong portfolio
Your portfolio is the starting point and will be the thing that lands you your first job and when you are competing with stronger roles the portfolio is completely invaluable. Ensure your portfolio has a unique design don’t just use a basic portfolio format that is available for everyone to use. It needs to stand out from the rest. Don’t reveal everything in your portfolio only some things like your highlights so they are wanting to know more about you which will land you an interview. There are a number of ways that you can handle having a portfolio. You can make a website with different pages that link to specific examples of your work in architecture, for example; you could have a page which shows your work on a museum display with unique exhibition walls and another page on your work on designing a school. Having these different examples of your work can show the flexibility you have and the different types of industries you have done work for as an architect. Another type of portfolio you can have is a physical copy that is somewhat a representative of what your resume is. Bringing your portfolio to potential job interviews or client meetings is a good way to show you are prepared and maybe even a fresh perspective of physical hard work, opposed to an online portfolio where everything is digital.
Networking and connecting
This sector is like many others it is about establishing relationships and maintaining them. Get out and meet people, keep in contact with your contacts and mingle with others in the same sector like at architecture shows and events. Be approachable and remembered as someone who is friendly and open to new ideas and especially able to handle criticism.
Be ready for the tough times
You may think that landing your first job and getting out there is the hardest part, but the hard parts have just begun. Patience is a virtue and you need to show the motivation and desire to take care of what is thrown at you. Architects are not only involved in design, drafting and visualisation but also management, contract dealing, client relations, specifications and even construction. Have knowledge in the offside branches of architecture so you have a potential that bosses have trouble ignoring.
Don’t just focus on one thing
It is important to experience as much as you can at the start of your career and learn all the facets of the architect profession. Having a broad knowledge will step you up to a higher position if you have the flexibility to handle many different roles. Know all about the modern practises so you can show all your characteristics as a potential employee. Take the opportunity to expand on what you know and the skills you have. You may find it refreshing or handy to take some time off to experiment with different types of material when initially designing a concept. You may want to consider using wire work or even something as specific as 3d wire forming to get a fresh take and maybe even work on developing some new concepts. Whatever the case, making sure you expand your horizons and develop on the already established skills you have will go a long way in the growth of your professional self.
Get a mentor
There are plenty of highly respected architects who are happy to share insights and knowledge to the early graduates. Look for a mentor that have the skills that you wish to possess. A mentor needs to help you develop your career, give advice and help you to stay motivated. Having an experience person to lean on will help you when things either start to become a little bit too much or you are faced with an unusual issue that you never thought would occur. Your mentor will have experience and would have found a mentor for themselves when they first started off.
Everything is inspiration
When you take a look around everything can be a source for inspiration. The idea of drawing can come from the most basic objects. Object oriented ontology is a good approach to pursue in the idea that nothing has special status. Look around you, new designs believe it or not are right in front of you. The hard part is recognising them and putting them into something else.