Posted by Vincent on January 06, 2003 at 10:39:35:
In Reply to: GET OUT OF THE ARCHITECTURE FIELD WHILE YOU STILL CAN posted by Ken Park on December 30, 2002 at 08:26:38:
I did exactly what your suggesting I left the profession 5 years ago at the age of 31 for much the same reasons as you have correctly identified. Yes there is no doubt that the profession of architecture is one the lowest paid professional vocations in its current orthodox form.
Its quite logical even responsible to consider the financial rewards or lack of.
At the end of the day each individual needs to consider what they expect to get back from the inevitable hard work they will put in but this is measured differently for each of us.
Whatever choice each of you make, remember that the training and experience you will have acquired to date in studying and or practicing Architecture will help you pursue other endeavors if any of you so wish.
I moved into advertising where yes the financial rewards have been far more worthwhile I was also able finally see and learn the true motives and driving energies of the people, companies, and the communities that usually engage architects.
Some time out of the profession trying other things may be good in helping you define what it is that you consider worth while and rewarding, it may even arm you with renewed vigour and a better understanding of your prospective & future clients.... GOOD LUCK