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Posted by  JF on April 22, 2003 at 23:46:17:

In Reply to:  Re: Making a Career Change posted by D on April 22, 2003 at 18:35:51:

"the business side of the industry is small" And architects wonder why they are in a starvation business. Duh!

In short - follow the money! Architects won't pay for business smarts. Start researching and contacting DEVELOPERS. Developers hire the architects and engineers, and you could be the one calling them daily. Also major construction firms like Bechtel, Turner, etc.

Don't wait for developers to advertise! You've got to get their attention. It only costs you time, postage and toner. The Web is not the best place to start your search. Developers like to keep a low profile. Read the regional and city business journals, usually weekly publications. Read business, construction, trade and engineering magazines and newspapers. Whenever you see an article discussing a big development project in your area, search the web for using all the names mentioned. Then follow up with cold call letters and brief resumes emphasizing your business skills and experience. Tell them how you can be productive for the business and that you are especially motivated to work on issues of architecture, construction, zoning and other design-related permitting. You must be able to show where your work will benefit the enterprise.

Good luck. Once you're in, find a mentor and seek opportunities for training and course tuition reimbursement.

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