Congratulations on being interested in such an creative area. As you are going along in your educational/career journey, it would be best to try to get into internship and coop programs while you are still in college. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I supervised college students participating in coop and internship programs that allowed them to get practical experience as they completed their education and also earn much needed money. Based upon my experiences with these programs, I would strongly advise investigating them as soon as possible to begin participating as soon as you can, as these programs not only provide the experience and income, but they provide great networking contacts that will help you throughout you career journey. I have found too many graduates who skipped this step and found, when they graduated and got onto the job, that they did not like the practical application of what they had studied.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
- Talk to your school counselor and/or your academic adviser to get their assistance in locating such programs. Also, the person who tracks and works with graduates of your school would be a great asset in locating graduates of your school who are doing what you might seem interesting, so that you can meet them, visit them, and shadow them to see what they are doing, where they are doing it, and how you feel about what they are doing. Here are some good tips on getting helpful information. ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
- Locate professional associations to which people involved in architecture belong, so that you can attend meetings to meet people who are doing what you think that you might want to do. Your academic adviser and favorite teachers might be able to help locate these. Another source would be the reference librarian at your local library. Here is a site that will also help. ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## Here are some tips on getting helpful information when you attend a meeting. Many times these associations sponsor or are aware of internship and coop and other career exposure programs that would be helpful. ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
- An important next step is to show appreciation to the people who have provided helpful information. it is best to do this over the phone, so you can do it in person and find out who else might be able to provide helpful information. Here are some good tips. ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ##