Hi all! This is my first time posting on the boards here, but I’ve been a reader for awhile now. I’m currently entering my last year in architecture at Virginia Tech (B. Arch. degree) with a minor in industrial design. So far, my experience with product design is a few furniture pieces and an ID summer studio. I come to you guys because I really need your opinions as students and professionals on how to pursue my passion; Industrial Design! I’ve known since first year, really, that I liked ID, but it wasn’t until last year that I realized that this is what I want to do exclusively. However, I have decided to finish out my architecture degree. So my question to you guys is where do I go next? Do I get a Masters in ID? A bachelors (not ideal, but if necessary……)? Proceed into the “real world” and try to get a job in the field? As I understand it it’s hard enough getting a job with a fully fleshed out ID portfolio and a degree, let alone with my credentials. I’ve read through the Design Schools threads here, but would really appreciate some advice on my situation. Sorry about the long post and thanks in advance for any help!
P.S. If it helps here’s a short portfolio. http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mdegen/ShortFolio.pdf