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How to Find a Part 1 Architect Job After Your Degree

18 February 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Architecture is becoming more popular in UK Universities, and most institutions require graduates to work for a year after their Bachelor’s Degree (Part 1) before they can continue with their qualifications (Part 2 and 3) to become a fully qualified Architect.

The entire purpose of the ‘year out’ is to gain experience in the industry needed for the full qualification. However, finding jobs that are hiring Part 1 Architects is not easy in a fast-paced, competitive market.  

Finding a short-term job in a short amount of time is possible, so we have put together a few tips on what to expect during the process.

1. How to Find an Architectural Job Quickly

Applying to as many jobs as possible is a key component to finding your Part 1 Architectural job. AdView has tips on how to quickly find a job without jeopardising the quality of cover letters, resumes, and application forms.

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2. What You Should Put in Your Portfolio

Researching each architecture practice before applying is extremely important. Make sure to adapt your CV to suit the requirements of the role being applied.

As for the portfolio, don’t just add as many pictures and designs as possible. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, and focus on your growth as an Architect. Try to include a variety of media, such as sketches, computer-generated models, plans, photographs. In turn, this will show employers the range of skills you have.


3. How Much You Expect in Pay

Although Part 1 Architectural Assistants tend to earn between £18,000 and £23,500 depending on the company, it is most common to earn the median of £20,000. It won’t be until finishing Part 3 that you will begin to earn £44,000 or more. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) offers data on what income to expect. Be patient!


4. What is the Desired Skill Set

Once hired, there may be some digital programs you do not know to use or certain things asked of you that you have never done before. Don’t worry -this is what the year out is for. Learning these new things now will be useful for the rest of your Architecture career. It’ll take a week or two to get used to, but it is nothing to worry about.


5. Staying at the Architectural Practice

Staying the full year at an Architectural Practice is not a necessity and not always expected. Some people may decide to work at 3 or 4 practices for a short amount of time throughout the year to gain more experience, and some may decide to stay at the one.