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Tips for growing your career in architecture.
Looking to grow your career in architecture?

So you’ve graduated, got a few years’ local experience up your belt and want to know ‘what’s next’ in your career as an architect, right?

Listen up.

There are numerous paths available for registered Architects beyond a private practice or government role; including specialising in heritage, sustainable design or commercial projects. Opportunities such as asset management, conservation, construction management, interior design or urban planning also exist outside mainstream architecture practice, just to name a few.

So how do you take the next step in growing your career?

Bharat Venkatraman, Stratacon’s Senior Recruiter in Construction, Design and Development sees numerous applications within the sector and has some great inside tips on how you can get a foot in the door.

His first and strongest suggestion is to develop a strong portfolio.

“It’s like a passport to enter a country. A good detailed portfolio will go a long way in securing an interview,” says Bharat.

So what should an ideal portfolio look like for graduates? 

“It should give an overview of the skill set, whether it be in concept design and/or working drawings. I have noticed that hand drawn sketches connect well with hiring managers, since it reminds them of their old school approach and indicates creativity.”

Bharat says the biggest mistakes he sees made with graduate portfolios is including large scale developments where their involvement has been minimal. “It’s usually done in a team of 4-5 people and they have the least responsibility among them. Don’t put it in your portfolio if you haven’t actively worked on the project.”

University work is good to put up, but the majority should be real life work samples.

His other tip: it’s imperative to date stamp accurately with regards to your tenure. “We need more detail when reviewing your CV, so you need to include the month and year of the work experience you have had.”

“When interviewing a candidate I spend a lot of time going through their portfolios and questioning them about the projects.”

As recruiters we spend a great deal of time going through your background to present our client with the best available talent. So be prepared to answer a lot of questions during the screening process.

“You need to have a full grasp of the projects you have on your portfolio. The most impressive candidates are ones who understand the commercial aspects along with design such as design to constructibility or design efficiency.”

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If you have more questions for Bharat about compiling your portfolio or CV for future positions in architecture, contact us directly and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for regular industry updates and available positions.

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