16 March 2017
By: Pearl McLin
USC Career Week Committee Member
Every spring the USC Architectural Guild hosts Career Week, a week-long series of workshops and discussions to guide and prepare the future architects of the world for what’s to come after graduation.
We kicked off the week on Monday with a discussion with 5 panelists – Vanja Deretic ’04, Michael Van Parys ’06, Jessica Tien ’12, Michael Hamner ’84, and Krystal Hamner ’92. The panelists discussed a variety of topics including:
- Do you need a master’s degree?
- Should you start your own practice and if so when?
- How do you use your Trojan network?
- What was the biggest concern after graduation and how did they go about resolving it?
- What motivates them to keep doing what they do?
If you would like to view the event, click here.
On an event-packed Tuesday, many of our alumni volunteered their time to advise our students on what should be included in their resumes & portfolios, provided practice interviews and feedback on what employers are looking for, and the Guild arranged a photoshoot for professional LinkedIn headshots.
Wednesday featured presentations by a curated selection of USC alumni who have gone on to individual success in the world of design and the built environment. The Pecha Kucha style presentations featured 20 alumni displaying 20 slides for 20 seconds #USCArchitectureGenerationNext. To view the event please click here.
Matt Construction hosted the Engage! event Thursday evening – a series created by the Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) of the USC Architectural Guild to provide an opportunity for students, interns, architects, engineers and other allied professionals in the Los Angeles region to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, to exchange and generate ideas, and to learn about the host firm, their expertise, and their work. Matt Construction presented about their work on the Broad as well as a current project with Stevens Hall.
All the events this week culminated at Friday’ Firm Fair at the Radisson Hotel. Before the students arrived, hugs, handshakes and “How are you?”s flew around the room. Everyone seemed to know everyone, because the Firm Fair is like a mini homecoming for the representatives who attend. Most representatives are alumni and got their first internship or full time offer from a previous firm fair.
Right around noon, the students showed up. Over 35 local architecture and construction firms sprung into action. The volume in the room doubled as the firms introduced themselves and began a dialogue with their potential interns/employees. Four hours later, tired, hoarse, but excited for the pool of qualified students the tables begin to clear, thus ending Career Week.
We started this week with stating one of the greatest benefits of attending USC is the willingness of one Trojan going out of their way to help a fellow Trojan.
This week, in my opinion, is the best example of that.
Until next year – same time, same place!