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Is there anyone out there who has some or a lot of experience as an architect?

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S Jimenez Bronx, NY

I would like to hear people's experience and journey (difficulties and advantages) they had while trying to insert themselves in the world of architecture. This would be greatly appreciated since I am currently on the same path. Are there any classes that would be helpful to take? Is there a company I should be speaking to? Please, any advice you have for me will be well received. Thank you.

29 November 2018 3 replies Career Exploration

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Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

You could complete the request a mentor application for ACP, but I agree with the first response you need to become accepted into an accredited architecture university. I would advise Informational Interviewing. Google Information Interviewing, be sure to introduce your self as a transitioning military seeking help/assistance/advice on the career. Be sure to get good questions, keep it short to no more that 10-15 minutes at the longest-do more calling than longer interviews. It is important you never ask for work, that will shut the process down quickly, this is informational gathering.
In the process you need to determine if this is 1) a viable career-can you wait until you obtain a degree and certified 4-6 years 2) are there other professions in the field that provide a living, for instance CAD (Computer Assisted Design)-requires certification and many firms have CAD experts. Companies enjoy helping veterans, just keep it informational gathering in nature.
It sounds tough, but you need to own the transition process-a lot of organizations provide hands up, still requires a lot of work and knowledge about what you want to do as a career. Thank you for your service and God Bless.

Advisor

Jennifer Polhemus Santa Monica, CA

You probably know this, being an "architect" requires a rigorous college degree and, in states like California a Masters degree, before one can use that title.

Explore here https://www.aia.org/resources/66476-students-aia-is-here-for-you.

Also, this is a good site to look at options within that field https://www.onetonline.org/

Best wishes!

Advisor

Genevieve Gillespie New York, NY

Hi S,

Thanks for your question! Consider using the Community Section of this site (listed in the menu bar on the top left) to identify Advisors who might have relevant experience and guidance to share. You can sort by industry, years of experience, and zip code to find someone to connect with. Once you identify an Advisor you think could be helpful, click on their profile to send a direct message and ask them if they'd be open to an informational interview!

Best of luck to you!
-Genevieve

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