Posted by Tamara Redburn on July 31, 2003 at 05:39:36:
In Reply to: Re: Career change into architecture posted by Preston Pesek on July 29, 2003 at 11:40:07:
I made just the career change you've been discussing. I was a middle school math teacher for 16 years, then dropped everything to go back to school to get my M.Arch (master's of architecture) degree. I was in a 3+ program -- this is a fairly common program for people who have undergrad degrees in any field outside of architecture. The 3+ means that you can do it in 3 years (I did), but it can take 3+ (read 4 or so). I commuted 70 hours each way, 5 days a week, and I am married and have 2 step-daughters (teenagers). It was a grind, it was LOADS of work, but it was all worth it. I easily worked more than 80 hours a week, including classes, commuting, studying, designing, building models, etc. I did school work every night (except Friday -- date night for me and my husband) and every weekend. Like I said, it was well worth it -- I'm employed at a firm now that designs schools, exactly what I was looking for when I started. It's a great profession -- very challenging, sometimes frustrating, but very rewarding. The pay is fairly low, but it will more than cover your student loans -- I'm taking home about $1800/month, and my loans are about $300/month (and I went to a fairly high priced school). If you have any other questions, let me know! Good luck, in whatever you decide to do.
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