The design and architecture industry is expecting employment growth rates of around 7.2% in Australia and 10% in New Zealand. The Department of Employment predicts that occupations within the design and architecture sector will be almost double this rate (12% growth 2013–2018) that proves that there is a strong need for architecture and design talent across Australia and New Zealand. As the growing population presents new opportunities for urban environments, the industry will continue to play a vital role in shaping the cities of the future and providing more job opportunities.
If you are looking to start your career or wanting to change your career, the sector offers some fantastic opportunities. Our recruitment consultants know how to start your career within the design and architecture industry.
Here are the top 4 strategies to land you a dream job in the industry from our trusted recruitment consultants.
It is essential to get a feel of what the industry is like and understand the key trends to be able to develop the skillset you need to meet the industry needs.
There is plenty of opportunity in the industry and lots of positions that are challenging to fill, such as all-round architects with the ability to manage projects from concept to construction, as well as the ability to document throughout the process. It is essential to start with understanding what are the gaps and how you can fill them.
An internship is a great way to gain experience and get a feel of what the industry is like. Most major companies such as Warren & Mahoney, Ignite and Context (New Zealand) and Artas Architects (Australia) run graduate schemes designed to give people a taster of what it is like working in the industry and gain valuable experience. Going in on a graduate scheme can set you up at a company while gaining first-hand experience along the way.
Talking to people who are currently working in the industry is highly important in order to gain insights and understanding of the industry. Part of getting known is being present, being proactive and getting involved. Whether it is in architectural conferences or other events relevant to architecture and design, you will be able to network and introduce yourself to people of influence and ask them questions and start conversations leading to opportunities.
You will also have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals that will enable you to expand your circle of contacts and increase the chances of finding a job in the sector.
Prepare your portfolio
As architects visualising the progress, experience and communicate that with the world through drawings, sketches, and models is highly important. Start with organising your projects, improving old concepts or creating something new to make you portfolio better.
Make a presentation of what you have done and achieved so far. The important thing is to be active and vigilant all the time, be prepared to seek opportunities and accept them. More tips on how to improve the presentation of your portfolio and some tips and tricks from the professional architect you will find here.
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