I graduated with an ID degree four years ago at the top of my class, got a job working for an architectural firm shortly after. With the downturn especially effecting the architectural field I was one out of the 300 + they laid off throughout all of their satellite offices. Now coming up on the two year anniversary of being laid off, I am still without a job, still without a single in person interview and painting houses like I did when I was in school which absolutely blows!
I mean, is it just me? Is anyone else thinking of going back for their master’s in a last ditch effort to rack up more student loan debt in an attempt to find a job? Any job…
I apply for drafting… nothing.
I apply for 3D modeling…nothing.
I apply with architectural firms, ID firms, manufactures, design build, etc…
Internships, assistant positions… you get it.
I personalize every CV, I take the time to learn about the company, I gauge my portfolio towards what they do plus others to show diversity. I have moderate experience (3 years) its not a lot and I know that, I am not asking for a ridiculous salary (hell, I will paint houses on the side if I have too), I would even go with out benefits to get in the door, all I want is a job, gain more experience, get back up to date with techniques and software that has emerged.
I know that I need to get my work back up to date, its a little hard when you travel a four state radius running manual labor work for asshole clients that expect you there in a couple hours, guess what jackass I am in another state (can’t tell you though) otherwise I might loose the contract.
Any thoughts, different approach? I am working on updating my portfolio, working freelance, and am loading my truck this week to drive to perspective employers across the country to personally deliver my portfolio, and say “My name is… and I would like to be considered…”
Graduate school? What does anyone recommend?