For a very long time, I have been looking for a new job. Changing jobs among intern architects seems to be a normal trend. Some of my friends have even changed three jobs in two years. So, after a year and a half, I thought it's about time for me to learn something new.
Like many others, my goal was to work in the city. And like many others, I have sent out tons of resumes to many firms in the city, but still haven't gotten any response. As I was giving up, I remembered after I had an interview once with a firm that I really liked, the architect told me they would keep me in mind in the future. Granted it wasn't in the city, but the interview went extremely well and they put a lot of effort into IDP, which is very important to me. So I followed their website for a while, and finally saw that they were hiring for intern architects. Bingo! I sent them an email to reconnect with them. Even though it's been 9 months since we last talked, but they still remember me and a week later they called me to offer me a job.
They say it's all about connections these days. I see it more about how much you really want the job. Over the past year, I have edited my resumes and work samples continuously so that I can be seen as a professional candidate rather than just a student right out of school. Our architectural dreams might not be fulfilled yet, but every little step we take will eventually get us closer to what we want. It is a lifelong process, but I believe that I will get to where I want to be.
For the past whole year, I have been doubting myself on my ability to become an architect. I have even tried to look at other ways of making a living instead of architecture. I wanted to QUIT architecture and I even said I hated architecture. But the truth is we just have to keep working. It's challenging, but wasn't that one of the reasons why we picked architecture in the first place?
Just a little shout out to my fellow interns...
Never give up. We will all get there.
If you have any never give up story, share with us!
P.S. Starting a new job in a week! I will keep you posted.
Thanks for reading.
Documenting the life between our graduation from architecture school and becoming a licensed architect. They say it's the journey that matters, so here we are experiencing the joy of being a great intern. Follow me @joannlui