"My first graduate job was at a large architecture firm in Weybridge. After getting settled into the office I was plunged into a large residential project along the River Thames, working within a team of 6-7 people we organised and distributed work amongst ourselves and worked on various types of drawings such as plans, elevations and sections on AutoCAD and also lots of hand sketches when designing flat layouts. The work involved effectively communicating ideas amongst each other and also engaging closely with the clients during weekly meetings and on email or telephone. As well as liaising with clients, it is crucial to interact with other teams within the office, such as the landscape designers and engineers. As the project progressed I went to site visits in order to contribute to the project most effectively. Despite my two hour commute to work, within my first year at my first graduate job, I learnt many aspects of architecture which you do not learn at university, such as legal building requirements etc. Throughout the first year I worked on two main projects only as completing projects, depending on the scale, take years to complete, some going on for over ten years! Working with a project leader who led the projects gave structure to our working system and allowed us to meet deadlines and targets for each project. I enjoy this career as its exciting, with new tasks to solve everyday rather than repetitive tasks in most careers. But the best thing about architecture is seeing the final product being built!"
SONIA, KINGSTON UNIVERSITY
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