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I'm unsure about my future career path

I'm about to enter college or pre uni. All this while, I have been interested in architecture and science-related fields. But lately, many people (even my parents) started telling me to open my options for other careers and courses, because not many universities offer Architecture, and I heard that it's even harder to get a job. Being a girl myself, I rarely see as many successful female architects compared to male ones, so that might be another disadvantage as well. Oh, and architecture is also not really famous in my country, so there might not be much job opportunities available. Is there any other course related to design and science? I'm a debater as well, but I dont fancy law. Usually I get good grades for arts and I really enjoy painting and doing crafts. I want a job that's not related to numbers or maths, and where I can communicate and socialize with people, and go to different places. I like my ideas to be heard and I definitely do not want a clerk job, that requires you to just sit in your desk all day. I'm also really interested in conserving the environment, sadly these courses are still unavailable in my country (such as environmental engineering). Besides, I really enjoy helping others and working with people of all ages. #engineering #career-path #counselor #environmental #architectural #sustainable-consumerism #undecided

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Natalya’s Answer

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Hi Sahira!

My name is Natalya and I too was unsure about my future when I was in high school. My parents suggested that I go to architecture school, and at first I was so unsure and then began to love it. Architecture is a lot of work but gives you a great background that can take you in different directions. I am currently a project manager in commercial construction and I love being on different projects, working with different clients, and having to overcome new challenges. Architecture and Engineering programs teach you how to think critically and solve complex problems. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister and I am constantly encouraging them to explore fields where they can problem solve and make a real difference in the world. Architecture and Engineering are tough but rewarding in the long run. These fields could take you to another country for example, where you're working with people to build houses in communities that need help. There are a lot of different ways to use these degrees.

Good luck!

Hi Natalya! Thank you so much for the info and great advice. XD Sahira S.

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Eula’s Answer

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First, go to a large library, and take all the books on topics that you LOVE.
There are an innumerable amounts of universities, also online...
to get a good paying job, you must be very very good at what you do, but first demonstrate your abilities in school.

There are many very successful female professionals everywhere around the world, also in architecture and design, Have you heard of Zaha Hadid? Valentina Pistoli (born 1928), first Albanian female architect, Milka Bliznakov (1927–2010), founder of the International Archive of Women in Architecture; or Katherine Briçonnet (ca. 1494–1526), supervised the construction of Château de Chenonceau; or Franca Helg, (1920-1989), architect and designer.Margaret Staal-Kropholler (1891–1966), first woman architect in the Netherlands. Tamara Katsenelenbogen (1894-1976), constructivist architect and urban planner or Elizabeth Wright Ingraham (1922-2013), architect and granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright. There are many more...

It is never a disadvantage to be a girl, ask me, my clients think that I listen better, am not too bossy or overbearing and really understand what they want, my style is definitely much better liked, because men design differently then men.

Debating may even help you when presenting your projects, and imagination is essential for projects that will stand out.
You will need to be doing a lot of drawing and painting as architect or designer, you will socialize with plenty of clients and travel a great deal when there are project in other cities or countries. But you will also need math to know how many windows you will need and how much they cost, of on what land you are to build it.

You will need a clerk in your office to answer all the phone calls, and if he or she doesn't do anything all day,.. Fire her or him!

Architects, Designers, Engineers and Contractors are the first ones to be called to save the planet, by adding trees and gardens to the buildings. and this is because we build it.
You can do a lot to help when we are old and cannot work anymore.
All these things are available to you through books, start reading and ask the government office to help you get them.! Just go there and ask.

Most of all, be confident, you will be the architect or designer, not your parents nor anyone else. You will do all the schoolwork, not anyone else, and you will do the work later, not anybody else.

If this is what you want? go for it and don't let anyone discourage you or stop you.

Let me know how it goes. O.K.?

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Amy’s Answer


Having only started university 3 years ago I understand how difficult it is to make what you feel is the right choice in terms of choosing a course. I think the best thing to do is to look at a variety of courses, look in a range of university prospectuses, look online on various websites and see what the courses entail, the modules and the teaching styles. Whilst it is important to keep your options open I think the most sensible course to take is a course which you will enjoy, enjoying your course will probably mean that you will do well! How about thinking of doing a joint course and study two separate subjects alongside each other? For example, someone may have a passion for both maths and music and decide that they cannot choose between the two so they study them both together. You will probably find that no matter what course you take you will become more aware of the options that are open to you as you go through your time at university, you may also make contacts and do placements which will open your eyes to more opportunities available with your course.
Also, Undergraduate courses are very often just building blocks, someone may study history and love their course but decide that they want to do a Law conversion degree afterwards, that history degree would then have given the student many skills which are all important for a career in Law whilst also giving the student a chance to study something they love and enjoy. It is very often the skills you gain from a degree which are what employers seek rather than the actual course topic itself. Chances are if you do a degree you enjoy it will lead you to other things you will enjoy too.
Good luck with everything!

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Brian’s Answer

It sounds to me like you have a passion for the combination of art and science. Architecture is an excellent example of how to combine the two. Do not hesitate to go in this direction if it is your passion. Closely related to architecture is industrial design, which is the design of all the products you see around you. The skill sets are similar. You could start in architecture, and do very well, but the skills you learn in architecture could serve you well in many other fields such as industrial design or urban planning. If for some reason you cannot get into architecture, consider fields like industrial design or combine course work in science and engineering with the study of art. Do not worry about the opportunities for practicing your skills in your country. You will have opportunities all over the world.