The archiGRAD programme’s latest CV and portfolio advice sessions for architecture and design graduates, which took place as part of the degree shows programme, proved to be very popular again. Over 45 students from Northumbria University and Newcastle University attended the events to get some first hand advice from local practitioners about their CVs, portfolios and performing well at interviews.
The events consisted of a general Q&A session with local practitioners giving general advice on covering letters, CVs, portfolios and interviews and then a series of 'speed dating' surgeries where the students had ten minutes to get specific feedback on their current CVs and portfolios.
The participating practices were +3 architecture, Faulknerbrowns, JDDK, Napper Architects, pod architecture, _space group, MawsonKerr Architects and xsite architecture.
With graduates finding it increasingly difficult to find their first job in practice, the students attending found the events extremely useful:
“Thank you for yesterday, I thought the event was very helpful, both the Q & A session and the 1-2-1's. The ten-minute surgeries were brilliant. It is a shame more students couldn't take advantage of it. The event was massively useful and they seemed impressed which has given me confidence, which I didn't have before to now apply for jobs and go to interviews.”
“Thanks for organising the event yesterday, it was genuinely useful. The practitioner I spoke to was brilliant - he gave me as much advice as he could cram into the ten minutes and my CV and portfolio are looking a lot sharper today as a result. The Q&A session also gave me a much better understanding of how employers think - even if it only showed that they're as varied as any other group of people!”
The CV and portfolio advice sessions now form part of the annual archiGRAD programme to support graduate architecture and design students.
Find out more about archiGRAD here.
This summer the archiGRAD programme is being extended into a summer work experience programme. Find out more here.