Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

It’s Time to Get Serious

Since I have no “job” to wake up for, lately I have been rolling out of bed whenever I feel like it. Which means, around 11am I get up. And then I proceed to waste an hour catching up on Facebook, emails, and Twitter. Mostly Facebook, though. Next, my husband (graduate student, also unemployed) and I take our Yorkie on a walk to the local cafe. Once we return after having a delicious, expensive breakfast, it’s around 1pm. I then continue wasting time on Facebook, Youtube, and catch up on blogs I subscribe to (see “Links” to the right for a short list). If I find anything of interest I post it to my various online networks, from Twitter to Facebook and of course, here. I also spend this time looking for jobs on sites I have bookmarked (AIA, Craigslist, Archinet, Architizer, etc.). If it’s a particularly nice day, we might go for a bike ride, or have a picnic at the beach, or read a book on the balcony. The possibilities of outdoor activities in Vancouver are endless. And later on, if I feel like it, I might sketch a little or paint some flowers. Then cap off the evening with some TV, play a board game with some friends, or go see a movie.

What a perfect day, right? All this free time that so many people are jealous of, and what do I have to show for it? Nothing much for my resume/portfolio, but some great memories!

I’ve never had a 9-5 job except for a few months in 2008, to get used to a daily rhythm. Basically, I haven’t had a set schedule since high school and even then it was crazy. After a while all the days seem to blur together, and I often don’t know what day it is. Also, all of this spare time I could be productive. There are so many things I want to do… learn a language, volunteer, build something, design competitions, learn Revit/Rhino/3d Max.

So, it’s time to get serious. Wake up early. Prioritize job searches, send resumes, and build up my portfolio. I’m even considering quitting Facebook. That’s some serious stuff.

Where to begin:

  • AIAS has a list of some great resources to keep me busy
  • Some good advice from a fellow unemployed intern
  • Great reasons to keep going with design competitions and sketch everyday (also advice from an unemployed architect)
  • Learn some advanced Sketchup, Illustrator, and Indesign skills (I would learn 3ds Max and AutoCAD right now, but I have a Mac and can’t afford to pay for the programs)

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