As newly minted graduates, do we end up in the architectural field we advocate for? Or do we compromise and stick to whatever working opportunities come our way, even if it is not what we are advocating for? Do we compromise just for financial stability?
I am a student currently pursuing a master's in architecture in Sydney. I am understanding, exploring with the aim to challenge aspects of architecture traditionally based on and defined by a patriarchal society. architecture #architect#career#womeninarchitecture
I can confirm what the others have said, it takes a few years out of school before you fully understand what goes into successful architecture and successful business. And it might take time before a firm gives you enough control to do what you want.
So you might get lucky, find that perfect fit right away and be able to work on your goals right out of school (there's plenty of women led firms out there kicking butt, at least in my area), or you might not have that opportunity front and center right away. Then you'll have to decide between an income and putting your goals off a few years until the right fit presents itself. And remember, once you have the experience and the license, you can always start your own firm where you can pursue your ideals and projects. So you'll always have the shot of you're willing to take it.
For me personally, I'm an atheist and I spent my first 8 years working at a church focused firm. It wasn't what I wanted. The pay wasn't great but they were awesome people and they made sure I got the experience I needed to do what I wanted to do.
I would say patience is your best weapon. If it takes a few years to do what your truly passionate about, you'll be that much better equipped to give it your all. You can't always expect to hit it out of the park on the first day.
1) Can you financially survive not working? For how long?
2) Can you accept working somewhere that is NOT your dream job, and for how long?
3) How risk tolerant are you, and to how much risk?
3) Is there such a place right now that meets your desires? Would you have to work somewhere to gain experience and credibility, then start your own?
And I don't know anything about architecture specifically, but if you don't work in the field for X years, do you skills become stale or outdated? or even just perceived as such?
I don't think anyone can give you a definitive answer. Your specific needs/desires/goals/priorities will be different from everyone else. I hope this at least helps you think through some of these issues.