Starting salary for architects
As an architecture student, you are fortunate to have chosen a professional career that is highly valued, much in demand and also pays well.
However, setting your foot through the industry with your first job is always a challenge. The right employer with the right package can make the world of a difference for throughout your career. To help you make your niche right from the start, here are a few tips that you can work on to make sure your start in this field is a truly gratifying one
1. Know the Industry
By knowing the industry we don’t just mean know how it works; it also means knowing the companies and players involved, the well-known architects in the area you wish to work in, famous architectural structures, new trends and developments in architectural designs, etc.
2. Network from your College Days
You should not wait to graduate to start networking with the relevant people. During your college days, explore opportunities to come in touch with experienced professionals in the field. May be, this could be through your college professor; or it could be an acquaintance of your friend’s. Other avenues of networking include internship opportunities and seminars, etc. where you come across people from your profession who could be leads for prospective jobs.
3. Grab Internship and Training Opportunities
Experience is highly valued in any field and industry and architecture is no different. As a fresh college grad, you may not have a lot of experience in your CV, but you could amp up this department by taking up internship and mentoring opportunities. Whether it’s a training opportunity in a real life architectural firm that doesn’t pay you, or whether it’s a stipend-based internship, all will count towards work experience, making you shine in your first job interview.
4. Stay Updated
Read up on the latest news and developments in the field. Be aware of what’s new and what’s happening. Your interviewer may ask you something related to the current practices in architectural design and the best way to be prepared for this is to keep reading and keep learning.