Shane-R wrote:I graduated in 2008 with an honours B. Arch degree. I haven't been able to secure a job in Architecture in Ireland since. I have 2 years working experience in an architect's office. I've since completed a course in ArchiCAD and AutoCAD 2009/10 and have done a few one off planning applications, design and tender packages.
I don't want to emigrate. I have tried to get entry level work in other areas but have been told in interviews that I'm over-qualified in a particular field and it seems almost impossible to get out of this rut of unemployment. I am considering doing a post-grad in a field I can get a job in.
I'm just looking for some advice on what to do to either secure a job in architecture or a related field in Ireland or advice on what transferrable skills I could apply to another field.
Any help appreciated.
You seem predisposed to remaining in Ireland.
The future is bleak right now, disregarding Tayto's posting of Morgan Kelly's article, which I'll get around to answering in due course.
If you're one of those who went through in straight years with one year out you're around 23 with parents still around and a social whirl to enjoy - but no funds.
My best advice is to seek to collaborate with forward looking practices - even on a basic minimum wage basis - in order to gain enough experience to obtain your part II's here.
Practices you could target are those with work in foreign countries need design imput not just CAD people - or smaller practices here so long they have some mid-range work on - be discerning.
Otherwise you might have to contemplate leaving this jurisdiction to travel somewhere that you can obtain Part III experience and if necessary sit the state professional exams there.
In terms of predominantly english-speaking locations, the places I have looked at are
- New Zealand
Britain seems to be as badly off as we are in terms of jobs and looking at a long road to recovery.
America seems to be having a jobless recovery, which is of little use to you.
There are different professional practice requirements in different states.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand seem to be better bets.
This time last year Australia was running a preferred skills list programme seeking certain highly skilled professionals - check this.
To work in these countries for a while you need the appropriate Visas and permits but of course you usually need to have a job beforehand.
Now might be a time to get a working visa or a travel visa to scope out jobs and see what's on offer before applying for a position and ratifying your right to stay and work there.
My assumptions may be incorrect and you may be further along your timeline.
44 years of age is the barrier to settling in Australia, or Canada and possibly America.
Not so New Zealand which IIRC can accept immigrants until Age 55 or so and has a significant ex-pat population, mainly English and Irish.
You are free to travel to any EU Country, but because of the Registration requirements of the Building Control Act 2007
, you cannot use the title "Architect".
In addition, there may be language problems, as well as planning, contractual and legal minefields to learn to traverse in terms of of operating at Part III level.
If you are willing to address these, and willing to continue to wor kas a part II archtiect, they you may gain enough experience to become qualified to work there.
Be warned though that Irish graduates who have obtained their Part III experience and professional practice accredition abroad are not automatically entitled to be Registered here.
There are severla threads on this forum you may be interested in reading:http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=5379
My best advice to you is first read their website and then ring up the RIAI and ask to discuss the matter with someone appropriate.
I don't know what the level of response will be if the trickle of people like your goodself becomes a deluge, but the Admissions Director is Margaret Hynds O'Flanagan.
Margaret has listened to all my arguments in favour of Part II Registration and how the European Directives should be implemented, and has been unfailingly polite and informative.
You may noit like what she has ot say about the provisions of the Act, but she acts for the Competent Authority and remember - the RIAI didn't cause this crisis we're all trying to get through.
Best of luck and you might let this forum know how you get on.