As high school students, you curriculum at Good Counsel, for the most part, has already been pre-set for you. I know that GC has a great college prep program that challenges you to push yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. With that being said, I know that right now, so close to graduating, you are filled with excitement, joy, and a little bit of fear.
In a few months you will have the freedom that you probably wanted since you were 14 years old. To some, or at least to me, that was a bit frightening, but nonetheless still exciting. Whether you chose to continue in higher education or go directly into the work force, I encourage you to keep reading.
As you continue to explore career options, remember that you are in control. Your career is up to you. If you have read any of my other articles, you know that this sites revolves around the theme of Architecture as a career. If you didn’t know, well, the central theme and purpose of this series of post is to shed light on architecture as a career.
Pursuing a career, notice that I did not say degree, is a stepping stone for an endless amount of opportunities. There is far more to architecture than one may think. It is a common misconception that if you are an architect you need to become a registered architect. However, that is certainly not true. There are many ways to pursue a career in architecture. Obtaining a license, obtaining a degree, are just two of the various methods. In fact, Michael Riscica, a licensed/registered architect and founder of Young Architect, offers an extensive list of reason why you should not obtain the license.
For the purpose of this post I interviewed my brother, who at the time of the interview, was working as a superintendent for a North Caroline based real estate development and management company. His experience is worth sharing because he an alum of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and the University of Maryland.
He graduated from the School of Public Health with a degree in Kinesiology. Because he works in the construction industry, I asked him why he did not pursue a degree in architecture or engineering and he said “I really did not see myself working in construction for the rest of my life because by the time I got to college I had been working in hard labor for a couple years. I didn’t enjoy the hard physical labor of construction, so I stayed away.”
Now, you are in control. You get to design the rest of your life. A career in Architecture will open many doors for you.
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Gutierrez, Christian. “Construction Foreman.” Personal interview. 10 Mar. 2017.