I’m not attending what I would consider a prestigious college to get my professional degree in architecture. When I was younger I was apprehensive about how I would get a job in a big city competing with graduates from Ivy League schools… But here I am today, working a Summer internship at a great firm in Dallas, TX. I feel blessed to be working here but I the same time I feel I was meant to be here as well.

So do you want to be successful in architecture? Simply have self-worth.

I truly believe that I have had a high-quality education. I have been taught to question the world around me, to challenge pre-conceived ideas within society and architecture, and to believe in myself as a designer and human being. Because of this, I don’t feel any less worthy of a high design job career than the next person.

It isn’t about being cocky; more it is that I own the feeling of self-worth. I believe I am worthy. If you have self-worth and believe in yourself you will end up where you need to.

 

I would agree that an Ivy League degree does look better on paper. I would also say that the people you are capable of networking with may provide better opportunities in the long run. I am not disregarding prestigious degrees at all. I am hoping, however, that you take away from this post that the underdog schools are capable of pushing out extremely talented individuals comparative to their elite counterparts.

In today’s society, you shouldn’t rely on your resume and portfolio alone to supply you with a job after graduation. You should, however, rely on your wits, design intelligence, and mentors. We are problem solvers by nature. Use it to propel your life into the career you want! Your career success will match the self-worth you possess.

Believe in the knowledge you have obtained and stay true to yourself. Your career path is ultimately guided by the people you meet, befriend, and form meaningful relationships with.

As for me, I know I will end up where I need to be. And that is enough to push me into the beginning of my professional career.