Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I have not held any other internships since then because the job market has just been awful in this area. I have held on to a retail job, but I'm looking to get back into the architecture industry to start my IDP training.
On one hand I'm thinking I could potentially go to my old boss and see if he would re-hire me. But I'm afraid he'll re-hire me only to lay me off again - and I just can't afford that (financially). Plus, I'm not sure about going back to the same firm that laid me off....is that a bad idea?
On the other hand, I have made a few connections at this firm who might be able to help me get a job at another specific firm. Although this other firm is larger and doesn't seem to be hiring at the moment. I figure it'll be pretty tough to get an internship with them, but it just might happen with the help of my connections.
Any advice on how to get an internship when no one is hiring?! I figured even though they say they are not hiring, they could probably squeeze in an intern if they wanted to, right? Plus, I've never seen a firm announce that they are hiring for interns (unless it's a specific summer internship program...)
Friday, April 16, 2010
"Having a guide like that, that says what to check thoroughly, and what you can safely copy from a stock code review, would save a lot of time."
Monday, April 12, 2010
- "If you have sprinklers in a B occupancy building, it gets rid of all your rated walls and rooms and you're good as gold--nothing to worry about!"
- "When in doubt, just make the walls 1-hour rated and the door 45-minute rated. Done."
- "I know all about codes. I can quote it all--ask me anything!"
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I deeply apologize for the lack of posts lately, folks. I've been getting through my four-deadlines-in-eight-days, and the last one is tomorrow. I can see the finish line from here....
Few if any interns are ever told that the deadlines and work schedules in practice are just as bad if not worse than they are in school. Really, the only difference is that you get paid for the work you do in practice, whereas you pay tuition for the work you do in school. However, there are times where it's long days and nights and even weekends for a couple of weeks to even a few months in a row. Some firms are guilty of basing their salaries on a 40-hour workweek while providing an environment that encourages or even requires a 50-hour workweek, but all in all every firm has its moments when one or more project team(s) is/are working like they were still in college. It's just part of any workplace, not just an architecture firm.
After I've had some rest this weekend, I'd like to address some questions I've received recently on getting a job at a firm you've been laid off from, answering RFIs and shop drawings when you're not fully allowed to do so, and handling code reviews for projects. Thanks to everyone for staying with me during a rough two weeks!