Aug '08 - Jul '09
Although I don't think I'll recover from the euphoria of Obama's victory probably for as long as he is in the White House, I did come back to Earth rather quickly this morning as I logged into Archinect and read story after story of people who had been laid off recently from their jobs in the construction industry. WOW. What a crappy time to start looking for jobs, right? One of the reasons I applied to grad school when I did is because I anticipated a slow down - we were, after all, in the waning years of W.'s failed policies and I figured it would catch up with us somehow. I doubt that anyone could have imagined it being this bad though. So, as I approach what should be my final semester of graduate school, I have a few things on my mind:
1. Should I apply for PhD programs? Ultimately I had thought that I would hold off for a few years, get back into practice, and try to get some things done. But should I apply for PhD programs just in case I can't find a job? This doesn't seem like a practical or very authentic solution to me, nevermind the politics of thrusting myself even deeper into academia, but I am curious as to everyone's opinions....
2. Do I have enough skillz? It seems improbable that after 7+ years of experience in multiple markets, finishing IDP, and 8 years of school that I would somehow not have enough of a skill set to find a job ... but if it's really really bad, even the most flexible workers might run out of options. Good thing there's still time to sign up for another computer class.
3. OMG the construction industry is collapsing and I haven't started looking for jobs yet. One thing that has struck me since I got here was how early students in other disciplines started job hunting. My friends in the Law and Business schools have already started their search - literally, they are already interviewing. In fact, many have expressed disbelief when I told them that the School of Architecture's job fair doesn't happen until late Spring semester. Why do we procrastinate so much? Well I'm not waiting around to find out ... I'm going to start searching early and all over.
Well enough panic, I have work to do. Until next time, here's to all of you looking for jobs - I hope you don't end up like this guy: