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A change for the better?

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What persuades you to change your job? A lot of people would like to know.

There is one small group of habitual job-changers, legendary in the closed domains of a few famous practices. It is they who have been responsible for the more brilliant detailing in the best buildings of the past decades but it is in their nature to move on, mostly because a rival practice's project beckons.

For the rest of us mortals, it's testing out a few practices for experience and then up the corporate ladder, luncheon vouchers, job architect, associate, marry the photocopier operator, kids, nanny, partner, equity partner, director, managing director, chairperson, trustee of the company pension fund, retiree consultant and finally expired on the garden seat.

Well maybe that's not always the case. The old model used to be a few years learning the trade at someone else's expense before departing for the siren shores of private practice, a bit of teaching, building up jobs and staff, a profitable flotation, director, managing director, trustee, expiring and so on. We know from that horrific RIBA survey that the average one-man practice needs the help of working spouses plus casual wages from cleaning contractors and the minicab firm round the corner.

Change your job for something more interesting?

On reflection, yeah, let's do it!

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