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Architecture Career Fair at the GSD
by Katy Purviance on 03/08/09 @ 04:59:51 pm
Categories: Architects, Events, Grad School | 260 words | 2551 views

Our career fair was Friday.

Before I tell you about it, let’s do some simple math.

There are about 500 of us.


A few recent graduates


MIT’s graduate architecture program. [First years = about 24 people]


the 16 firms that came to the career fair


not a whole lot for hope for anybody.

I went in the morning, dressed up, made up, resumes and design sheets in hand, and I waited in line with everybody else.

While waiting in line, I met some students from MIT. Their program isn’t large enough for their own career fair. I found out that we have the same projects.

“Do our critics and your critics have secret meetings together?” I asked.

“They’re married to each other,” the MIT student replied. Two of our critics are maried to two of their critics.


So I waited for a total of two hours and got to speak to a total of four firms.

A lot of firms, I heard from other people, weren’t even sure if they were even hiring.

One recruiter (and I’ll let him remain anonymous) told me that he used to foresee their workload by three to four months, but with the economy the way it is, he can only see three to four weeks in advance.

Which put me, who was only looking for a summer internship and not a “real” job, in a better spot, he said.

Then he confided, “There are easier ways to make more money. If you can be successful in architecture, you can be successful in anything.”

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