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    Getting a new job!

    Hi Archinect!

    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.

    Joann

     

     
    • 7 Comments

    • Ronel ConstantinRonel Constantin
      Dec 13, 12 12:14 am

      This very encouraging. I appreciated the article and enjoyed the reading it.

      bowling_ball
      Dec 13, 12 1:42 am

      Congrats!  I'm in a similar situation - an intern (who got laid off) and just started my new job this week - 1400 miles away!  It's exciting and stressful but things will settle down eventually on this roller coaster ride, right?

      Hugo MartinsHugo Martins
      Dec 13, 12 10:43 am

      Good luck in that new step you are heading :) I appreciated the share and found it very encouraging.

      Alvina ChuAlvina Chu
      Dec 13, 12 7:37 pm

      Good luck!! This was very inspiring, as I'm in the same boat (especially in regards to the last part about looking for other non-related work). I hope you continue blogging your experiences! 

      @ Ronel
      Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. It's always good to share our stories :)

      @bowling_ball
      Yes, it will definitely settle down. But I like the exciting part of accepting new changes too! My new job will be an hour drive for me though. Are you relocating for yours?

      @Hugo
      Thanks! Hope you all the best too :)

      @Alvina
      Thank you! I will definitely keep on blogging!

      Rita LaachfoubiRita Laachfoubi
      Jan 22, 13 5:40 pm

      I appreciated the share and found it very encouraging...keep going!!!

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