spoil_sport wrote:When I was a wee nibbler considering what to put on the CAO I went to the open day at richview where it was boasted that the previous year's graduates had 100% employment... estimates for the class of 2008 put that at around 10% (I feel like George Lee), and how many cv's begin with the line "I have recently been made redundant due to -companyX- response to the global economic cricis...". And none of the new schools (UL, CIT/UCC, WIT) have produced any graduates yet...
Also consider, in any one year of graduates the proportion of "great", "good" and "mediocre" architects produced? Maybe we'll see some really great architects emerge over the next few years, possibly (and hopefully) with some different ideas to the UCD/DIT monopoly (and there is a very deffinite UCD style). But on the flip side, how any more trully mediocre architects will we have to suffer?
First of all, 10% of students have gained employment when the summer isn't over yet? What a catastrophe, students travelling/on holiday haven't found work as architects yet..
As a student in one of the new courses I am (from my experience) encouraged by the standard of work around me. Yes there will be mediocre graduates, but there will also be a swathe of new talent emerging over the next few years. Lets focus on and be encouraged by that rather than worrying about the potential negative influence of 'mediocre' talent that will have to be suffered...as if it will be any different than what is around now!