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    Epilogue #4 :: Signing Off

    Emily Kemper
    Jul 20, '09 2:54 PM EST

    It's been two months since I graduated from USC. I realize that it often takes new graduates, especially in the design professions, a while to find a job after they leave the relative safety of their studio, but this wasn't exactly part of my plan. Three years ago, when I decided to go back to graduate school, I didn't imagine that I'd be graduating into the worst market for designers in 18 years... or is it 27 years? Maybe even the worst market in 35 years? Or, as we like to say now, "this market is a game changer". I think this market is rewriting the rules of the design and architecture professions entirely.

    But I digress... as I am no longer in school, I think that it's time that I end my tenure as an "Archinect School Blogger". After all, at one point I was writing on four - yes, four! - separate blogs, and since I'm someone who likes to do things efficiently, I would like to streamline my thoughts and efforts. Therefore, if you'll allow me just one last plug, I hope you'll continue to follow my adventures on the GreenDesignCollective, where I am still writing, as often as possible, about my Unemployment Tour of the West Coast and about environmental issues that are close to my heart. Will my Unemployment Tour traverse east of the Mississippi? Will the Unemployment Tour become an "Employment Move"? Will I solve global warming?!? Stay tuned! (And if you are one of those Twitter-people, feel free to follow me here @theGDC).

    bumper sticker on the back of my car

    I will, of course, continue to contribute news, forum comments, and original articles whenever possible, just perhaps not under the guise of "USC School Blogger". And to all of my Archinect friends and fellow school bloggers, I offer one last parting thought: I encourage you to "be the change you wish to see in the world". Gandhi had it right! Go forth and be good!

    Thanks! And see you around :o)


    • Amen...
      Safe travels.

      Jul 20, 09 3:40 pm  · 

      nam, you're the best. Thanks.

      Jul 20, 09 3:48 pm  · 

      With the furloughs and reduced hours I've experienced, "This market is a game changer" applies to me personally. Can't imagine what it's like for the recent grads. Goodspeed to you.

      Jul 21, 09 9:31 am  · 

      Keep your eternal optimism and safe travels EmKem.

      Jul 21, 09 11:37 am  · 

      so when are you crossing the mississippi or taking the great river road?
      Great blogging - it's been a pleasure reading and watching you develop your voice...

      Jul 21, 09 12:40 pm  · 

      Architects are eternal optimists. Good luck with your endeavors and keep your head up!

      Jul 23, 09 3:34 am  · 

      good luck emily. when you get some work, it will be the best work there is!

      Jul 27, 09 7:45 am  · 

      Thanks everyone. Orhan, that's like a proverb, or a "Confucious says..." :o) I will keep it in mind.

      Jul 27, 09 4:29 pm  · 

      Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. Thumbs up! James blog

      Jan 5, 10 10:41 am  · 

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