Post # 1
…..i love architecture….i love to design….but as i approach the 6 yr anniversary marker at my job, i have this underlying doubt in the bak of my mind, silently racking at my brain…..working in a firm is nothing like architecture studio at college….where money is not an option…where no limitations exist….who’s the client? you are….they give you a problem, what the “client” is looking for….and then give you free reign on the design….the look and feel of the project is allllll yours to claim….in the real world?? you have to cater to the client….and its allllll about doing the most for the cheapest….
i just want to design…. ::sigh::
i doubt i want to work in a firm after i get my degree…i still want to become an architect tho…so where does that leave me? i’ve considered doing architectural photography….or becoming a teacher, teaching design or architecture…or just working for a firm for the rest of my career, catering to the clients instead of designing whatever my heart desires….
thanks for listening….just wanted to vent a little….
anyone working their dream job?? love it? hate it?
anyone ever doubt what they thought they wanted to do? did you stay where you were? or make a change?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I’m a professor. It’s my dream job. There’s so much pressure in having your dream job. I actually have to live the dream now. Failure doesn’t feel like it can be an option. Not that it would be if I weren’t at my dream job. But yeah.. I guess I’m venting too. I feel a lot of pressure to succeed because this is my dream job.
Post # 4
I’m with you. I’m an interior designer and I’m basically about to leave the profession. You’re definitely right, there’s the “school world” and then the “real world” of design. There are very few clients who let you run free with a concept, never mind a budget! I’m exhausted from clients who think they want everything new and different, when really they just want to reupholster their chairs and move a sofa one foot to the left. And commercial work leaves me banging my head against the wall most days. I don’t know what’s next, and I know it still will involve design in some way, but it might be more along the lines of wedding decor rentals or event design.
Post # 5
@MamaHusky3: I am in architecture too! Well, I was until I got laid off a LONG while back. While I was working, I hated the ugly things we had to design because of the client. But now that I’ve been unemployed for so long, I long for even some kind of designing. I do miss creating projects all on your own at school too. It’s just SO different than working at a real firm.
I’d suggest either finding a job at a small boutique firm where projects are less about revenue and more about great design. Or, working on competitions! They give you a lot of freedom to do what you want, kinda like being in school. Teaching is a good option too if you really love seeing the endless possibilities of design. But I think you’d need a masters. That would send you back to school though and let you design. Good luck and stay positive! 🙂
Post # 6
I have a degree in graphic design. I came to the realization toward the end of college that it wasn’t my passion. I’m okay at it, and I can accomplish what needs to be done, but I don’t love it. I’m currently a marketing director at a company that manufactures something that I’m not super interested in, which is also hard, but hey it pays the bills. Ideally, I’d like to have a store downtown. It’s just a dream, and I love thinking about it. I’ve made connections, found resources and people who have their own stores similar to the one I want to start that are willing to help me out. The problem is that I don’t have the guts to do it AND I have a mortgage to pay. I will eventually make a major change in my life in that direction. Right now I just can’t afford it. I wish I had more advice for you. I kind of feel like I’m in the same place at the moment.
Post # 7
@bakerella: i agree!!! i think eventually i want to stay in some type of design…but catering to clients is the biggest upset i have….
Post # 8
@justeen: true!! i’ve also been thinking bout that as well… i was just talking to FH about going for my masters….its a big decision to make tho…. i still have 4 yrs left because i’m in the evening program at Drexel University….i feel by then i’m going to be worn out by the ‘real world’!!! and i’m going to want to start a family with FH too….its just a very ‘compressed’ time in my life right now…if that makes any sense…lol guess i’m going thru my quarterlife crisis… haha..
Post # 9
@aberry: exactly!! i feel like at some point i want to make the change but its like when?? i feel like there’s always going to be something in the way of me saying ‘ok, you kno what, its time to do it…” ie, mortgage, a family, etc…. ::sigh:: lol