What a great college days it was, the summary of career paths are now prepared and its time to move forward to the professional world. On the job training, apprenticeship, mandatory applied training’s or whatever you may want to call it as long as it is the required acts to transitioned from being an entry level or beginner to an amateur status of the corporate world.
In this article we are going to set our focus in the field or getting professionally recognized as a full time Registered Architect, where the passing of a government official examination or city state exams is a part of the requirement to earned that prefix title before your name. Programs are dependent on each country or state but in the Philippines, a 24 months full time apprenticeship works is mandatory before an aspiring candidate can have his hand full with the 3-days board examination. Special studies both in the office and field site works are the two major requirements an apprentice must fulfilled.
Architecture firms with local and abroad commitments are the number one beneficiaries of these graduates numbering to several hundreds if not thousands given the hard challenges to pass thru a series of battery test that includes thesis dissertation. Contractors and property developers are the second option where to earn and further nurture the actual studies needed to fortify the knowledge. Works covering CAD/CAE and or micro-station production drawings are just the threshold, materials and methodologies follows then quantity survey and project controls including overall project construction management. These are the technical side… and you’re bound to unconsciously learn the tricks and heirloom of the professional practice should you get the nod of your immediate superior to be given a task outside the program.
Though am sure that you got a pre-planned direction in your mind once you passed the board exam, i suggest you pick up the hardest and most challenging lesson you’ll encounter with during your stay with the firm or office as the work in the industry are somewhat a cycle of events that repeatedly transpire even if you dont like it. Have your notes handy to armed yourself with the basics and learn its complexities on a daily basis.
You’re bound to learn the inconvenient truth of going into a pro circle as you’ll come across the hardship of marketing the services that includes extended working hours to beat a deadline or presentation. Notice the way it is being done such as those back up plans and strategies where the only goal is to left the door of war room victorious by means of a new contract of engagement. These are just a tip of the iceberg as no firms or offices are the same as all have their own mission and vision. The most important an apprentice like you to do is to find yourself within the organization, share your skill talent that you firmly believe are your strengths and further hone your weaknesses by continuously asking valid and varied questions in humility. That is the most important transitional way to pass thru the narrow gap of being an apprentice to a professional.
Learning the curve is the most difficult but surviving it is the most rewarding. – Paquito