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The Path Ahead

The nature of the pandemic and the economic downturn means fewer people will have access to secure work and a more traditional career path. At times like these, it’s important to remain engaged and optimistic, and to seek opportunities wherever they may be – even in unexpected places.
 
In this series, we ask friends of Parlour with experience of living and working through previous economic downturns to share their wisdom and advice with those feeling unsure about what to do in the immediate and long-term future.
 
What value does work in aligned or non-aligned fields bring? What tips can help inform the search for work and relevant experience? In a changing professional landscape, where are the opportunities for reflection and finding new directions? How can we use this time to analyse what’s working in the profession and not? How can we be better?

Architecture’s a marathon, not a sprint

Architecture’s a marathon, not a sprint

Neil Stonell advises to continue honing your skills and building your portfolio, because historically downturns are followed by upswings, and great skills will always find a home.
Embracing unexpected change

Embracing unexpected change

Sarah Buckeridge reflects on her experiences graduating into a weak economy and seeking opportunities overseas.
Can you start a practice without the Bank of Mum & Dad?

Can you start a practice without the Bank of Mum & Dad?

Becca Thomas tells the story of New Practice, from its small beginnings in the midst of a recession to the challenges of building a sustainable small practice.
25 alternate jobs for young architects

25 alternate jobs for young architects

Sarah Lebner explores the unconventional, alternate jobs that may provide experience, connections and industry knowledge until the economy recovers and architecture jobs return.
Past downturns, observations and advice

Past downturns, observations and advice

Suzanne Hunt offers her observations and advice for graduates and students facing unsettling times.
Being open to possibilities

Being open to possibilities

The dream job may be out of reach for now, but being proactive, persistent and open to possibilities often pays off, says recruitment expert Misty Waters.
Architectural rabbit holes

Architectural rabbit holes

Now could be the perfect time to look up, take stock, consider your options and head down those architectural rabbit holes, writes Tania Davidge.
The broad nature of architecture

The broad nature of architecture

David Tordoff and David Kelly highlight the importance of being adaptable and flexible, continuing to hone architecture skills and gain experience in a variety of places.
Finding a practice that aligns with you

Finding a practice that aligns with you

Chi Melhem advises to do your research and find a practice that aligns with your values and the work you want to do.
Maximising every opportunity

Maximising every opportunity

Melonie Bayl-Smith offers comprehensive advice on maximising opportunities in architecture, from building useful skills to identifying personal direction and fine-tuning portfolios.
Finding your way through

Finding your way through

Shelley Penn advises to attend to the essentials, work on something that matters to you, and then use spare time to do something for your soul.
A time for critical reflection

A time for critical reflection

Downturns can provide opportunities for critical reflection for individuals, practices and the profession as a whole, says Ben Green.
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